NCERT Solutions for class 5 English Unit-3



Let’s Read
1.Who do you think your shadow looks like?
Ans. I think my shadow looks like me.

2.Why do you think your shadow jumps into bed before you can?
Ans. When I go very close to my bed, my shadow falls on the bed before I can go into it (bed).

3.What time of the day do you think it is when your shadow is the tallest? Why?
•Morning •Afternoon •Night
Ans. I think my shadow is the tallest in the morning.

4. Read the lines from the poem and answer the following:
He is very very like me.
From the heels up to the head!
(i)Who does he refer to?
(ii)Who does me refer to?
(iii)Why are he and me alike?
Ans. (i)‘He’ refers to the shadow.
(ii)‘Me’ refers to the child (the speaker) in the poem.
(iii)‘He’ and ‘me’ are alike because ‘he’ is the shadow of ‘me’.

Let’s Talk
1.Work in pairs and discuss the following.
What would you do if

  • a dog chases you?
  • you have forgotten your homework copy at home?
  • you are alone in a room and the lights go out?


  • I would stop instead of trying to run faster than the dog.
  • I would accept my mistake and say sorry to the teacher.
  • I would light a candle.

Fun Time

  • Shine a torch behind your hand and see its shadow on the wall.
  • Move the torch a little away from your hand and see the shadow on the wall.
  • Do you find a difference in the size of the hand on the wall?

Ans. The size of the hand op the wall becomes smaller.

Working Together
1.Do the actions as given below, and observe which part, or fingers, of ‘your hand is being used.

Let’s Write
1.Fill in the blanks using one of the words given in brackets.
(i)Where is the child————parents have come to school?(who/whose/which)
(ii)I saw many houses————were quite spacious. (which/whose/who)
(iii)Mathematics————is my favourite subject, is so interesting.(who/which/that)
(iv)The poem———— you read out, is so lovely. (whose/which/that)
(v)I know the street————he lives on. (whose/that/which)
(vi)I like reading books have pictures in it. (that/who/which)
(vii)The old lady I met in your house is my neighbour.(whom/that/which)
Ans. (i) whose (ii) which (iii) which (iv) that
(v) which (vi) which (vii) whom

2. Complete this description by answering the questions below.
(i)What do you think is the name of the dog?
(ii)Why is she called that?
(iii)What colour is she?
(iv)Do you think she is friendly?
(v)What does she like to eat?
Write a few lines on Mithoo and his little dog named Shadow.
Ans.(i)I think the name of the dog is Shadow.
(ii)She is called so because she follows Mithoo wherever he goes like a shadow.
(iii)She is of grey colour.
(iv)Yes, she is very friendly.
(v)She likes to eat bones and bread.

(ii)ROBINSON CRUSOE (Discovers A Footprint)


Let’s Read
1.What made Robinson Crusoe think that the print on the ground was a footprint?
Ans. Robinson Crusoe thought so because it had every part of a foot—toes, heel, etc.

2.Why was Robinson afraid when he looked at the bushes and trees?
Ans. Robinson was afraid because he mistook every bush and tree to be a man following him.

3.Why did Robinson pray when he saw the footprint?
Ans. Robinson thought that it was the footprint of a savage. He became afraid that the savage would come to him with other savages and kill him. And therefore he began to pray for his safety.

4. Choose the correct answer.
(i)Robinson ran back to his home, as fast as he could because he
(a)jvas racing (b) was afraid
(c) was in a hurry to go home
(ii)He could not sleep because
(а)there was an animal outside his cave
(b)he thought savages had come from the mainland
(c) his bed was uncomfortable. –
(iii)Why was Robinson Crusoe sure that it was not his footprint?
(a)It didn’t like a human footprint.
(b)It looked smaller than his.
(c)He had not come to this part of the beach in a long time.
(iv)Where was Robinson Crusoe?
(a) On a boat. (b) In a town.
(c) Alone on an island. (d) On an aeroplane.
Ans. (i)—(b); (ii)—(b); (iii)—(c); (iv)—(c)

Let’s Talk
â–º How would you feel if you saw unknown footprints outside your front door?
Ans. I would be surprized. I would try to find them out.
â–º If you were alone at home and suddenly someone knocked at your door,what would you do?
Ans. I would peep through the hole made in the door. If he/she is one of my family members or relatives, I would open the door. Otherwise I would ask him/her name and purpose of visit and then would say to him/her to come later in the presence of my parents.

Let’s Write
1.The words in the sentences are jumbled. Write them in order. One is done for you.
(i)alone was not Robinson an island on Robinson was not alone on an island.
(ii)was island the inhabited
(iii)footprint to someone this belonged
(iv)I around me looked
(v)I went the towards footprint large
(vi)was afraid I now
Ans.(ii)The island was inhabited.
(iii)This footprint belonged to someone.
(iv)I looked around me.
(v)I went towards the large footprint.
(vi)Now I was afraid.

2.Fill in the blanks with the correct word.  and but because so
(i)I was frightened curious.
(ii)I decide to go to the beach I went along the water’s edge.
(iii)I ran as fast as I could I was frightened.
(iv)I was very tired confused.
Ans. (i) but (ii) so (iii) because (iv) and

3. Write a story on strange footprints.
â–º Where did you see the footprints?
â–º What sort of a day was it?
â–º Did you see them at night?
â–º What happened when you followed the footprints?
â–º What did you see?
â–º What happened then?
Ans. One evening when I came back from my tuition classes I saw some footprints made with thick mud on the stairs. I was surprized to see such large footprints?I could not guess whose footprints were those. They were certainly not my father’s or my elder brother’s. I followed the footprints and came to my door. I saw a tall and healthy middle aged man standing there. When I asked him who he was, he told me that he was a gentleman. But right now he was seeking my help because everything belonged to him was looted while he was waiting for the train on the railway station. The man had just come and was going to press the call bell. As soon as he looked at me, he got nervous and told me his pathetic story. Meanwhile my mother had opened the door. She took pity on the man and gave him food and clothes and some money. The man went away giving me his blessings.

4. Use the joining words given below and join the sentences in Column A and B.
Ans. (i) I can sing well but I can’t dance at all.
(ii)She wore a raincqat because it was raining.
(iii)We may go to Shimla or we may go to Darjeeling.
(iv)He wanted a book and a football for his birthday.
(v)He missed the school bus so he was late to school.
(vi)I wrote the letter but forgot to post it.

Fun Time
1.Look at the footprint shown here.
Hint: This is the footprint of the first man on the moon. His name was Neil Armstrong.
2. Let’s create a pyramid!
Use the following clues.
(i)A two letter word beginning with B.
(ii)A three letter word beginning with C
(iii) A four letter word beginning with D.
(iv) A five letter word beginning with E.
(v) A six letter word beginning with F.

Let’s Work in Pairs
1.Have a conversation with your partner based on the picture below. You
can start as
Ans. Hunter 1 :”Look at the footprints in the mud!”
Hunter 2 :They appear to be of a cub.
Hunter 1 :It means the tiger has gone out in search of prey leaving the cub behind in the cave.
Hunter 2 :You’re right. In the absence of its mother the cub is wandering here and there out of the cave.
Hunter 1 : Where may be the cub?
Hunter 2 :Let’s search it in every bush.
Hunter 1 :Here is it! Hurry up! Catch it up!
Hunter 2 :Now we should leave the forest immediately.

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