Solving (By George Ansell)
A. Read to understand
1. Match the lines from the poem with
2. Answer these questions.
How many attempts did Jack make to solve
attempted twice to solve the sum.
Why had Jack nothing to show to the teacher?
had nothing to show to the teacher because he did the calculation in his mind.
How did the teacher ask Jack to solve the
teacher asked Jack to solve the sum using abacus.
What was the easy way that Jack found to
solve the sum?
Ans. He went
to Miss Clark and copied the answer.
Why do you think Jack would not use the
abacus? Circle the words that you would use to describe him. Also, give reasons
for your choice of words.
Ans. Jack did not use the abacus because
he did not want to take the pain of solving the sum.
The words that describe him are:
Confident – He was confident that he can solve the sum mentally.
Cunning – He was not using the abacus and repeatedly solving the
sum incorrectly so that the teacher solves it for him.
Lazy – He was solving the sum mentally.
Jack’s parents knew that he had a problem
solving a sum. Why do you think they did not solve the sum for him?
Ans. Jack’s parents knew that he had a
problem solving a sum but they did not solve the sum for him because they
wanted him to be an independent child.
Jack repeatedly did the sum incorrectly so
that the teacher worked it out for him. Do you think getting others to solve
your problems is right? Give reasons for your answer.
Ans. No, I don’t think getting others to
solve our problems is right because assignments or problem sums are given in
class for our practice and it helps teachers determine how well the lessons and
material are being understood by their students.
C. Read to appreciate
Read aloud the last words in the first stanza of the
You can see that the words forty-one
and done end with the same sound.
Such words are called rhyming words. Poets
use rhyming words to provide a musical effect to their poems.
Pick out words from the poem that rhyme with these
words. Also, add two more words of your own for each.
write a stanza of your own using rhyming words.
Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme
I set it on the floor
But it ran right out the door.