NCERT Solutions for Class 5 English Chapter 17 – Sing a Song of People

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New Words

subway : underground passage for people to cross

underneath : below
elevators : lift
grumpy : ill-tempered


Question 1:

Which modes of transport do the people use to move around in the city?


People use buses and taxis to move around in the city.

Question 2:

What are the things that the people carry with them, while moving around?


People carry their hats and umbrellas with them while moving around.

Question 3:

Where all do you find these very busy people?


We find busy people on sidewalk, subway, tall buildings and riding elevators.

Question 4:

Where have you seen crowds of people?


I have seen crowds of people in a mall.

Question 5:

Why do you think all these people are in a hurry?


These people are in a hurry because they have got a list of things to do in less amount of time.


Question 1:

Let’s write the opposites of the following words.





Question 1:

Read and listen to these two poems with your partner and find out what are the things that the village child and the city child like.

The Village ChildMy home is a houseNear a woodI’d live in a streetIf I could! I do wish someone Lived near. There’s no one to play with At all. The trees are so high And so tall: And I should be lonely For hours, Were it not for the birds And the flowers.The City ChildI live in a city In a street; It is crowded with traffic And feet; There are buses and motors And trams. I wish there were meadows And lambs. The houses all wait In a row There is smoke everywhere That I go. I don’t like the noises I hear I wish there were woods Very near.


Disclaimer: Students are advised to read this poem on their own.


Question 1:

The people who live in cities often wish they could live in quiet towns. Do you like the place you live in?

Tell your partner two things you like and don’t like about the place you live in.


Disclaimer: This is a sample answer. Students are advised to write the answer based on their own experiences and observations.

I live in Gwalior. It is a small city but extremely pleasant. The life is very slow here. I like its simplicity and greenery. However, I don’t like the roads because they are not properly constructed and there is only one shopping mall over here.


Question 1:

Did you observe that in the poem, the last words in every second and fourth line rhyme with each other? Can you write a four line poem?


Disclaimer: This is a sample answer. Students are advised to write the answer based on their own experiences and observations.

Together we go, whenever we are low Always keep in mind Wherever you are sad I will always know.

Question 2:

Find out how many people are there in our country. Do we have enough land for all people on this earth? Is there enough food and water for all people?


Disclaimer: This is a sample answer provided to you. Students are advised to write the answer based on their own experiences and observations.

The population of India is 1.237 billion. I don’t think we have enough land for all people on this earth.

No, there is not enough food and water for all people.

Question 3:

Find out the following from ten families living in your neighbourhood.

Count the number of   F1*  F2  F3  F4  F5  F6  F7  F8  F9  F10  Total
children below 5 years of age
children from 5-14 years
grown up children from 15-20
elders from 21-50 years
old people who are above 50 years
total number of people in the family

*F = Family

(i) How many members are educated in each family?

(ii) From amongst the ten families, how many are educated?

Now talk to your partner and then write a report about your neighbourhood.


Disclaimer: This is a sample answer. Students are advised to write teh answer based on their own experiences and observations.

(i) Following is the information of the number of members educated in each family:

Family Name         No. of educated members F1                             8 F2                             7 F3                             6 F4                             5 F5                             7 F6                             7 F7                             5 F8                             5 F9                             7 F10                           7

(ii) Amongst the ten families, nine families are educated.

(iii) There are total 85 members in ten families. Out of 85 members, there are 11 children below 5 years of age. There are 15 children from 5-14 years. There are 14 grown up children from the age group of 15-20.  There are 28 elders from 21-50 years. 18 of them are old people who are above 50 years.


Question 1:

Interview your teacher and get her responses for the following questions.

(i) Why did you become a teacher?

(ii) How do you come to school everyday?

(iii) Do you have any pets?

(iv) What kinds of books do you like to read?

(v) What are your hobbies?


Disclaimer: These are sample answers. Students are advised to write the answers based on their own experiences and observations.

(i) I became a teacher because teaching is my passion.

(ii) I come to school in my car everyday.

(iii) Yes, I have two pets.

(iv) I like to read romantic fiction.

(v) I like to read and write short stories.

Question 2:

Now write a paragraph about your teacher with the information you have gathered.

My Teacher

My teacher says she became a teacher because _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________


Disclaimer: This is a sample answer. Students are advised to write the answer based on your own experiences and observations.

My teacher says she became a teacher because teaching is her passion. She comes to school in her car everyday. She has two pets. She likes to read romantic fiction. Reading and writing short stories are her hobbies.

Thought of the day-

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” – Albert Einstein

Read This-

“ हम प्रकृति को नुक्सान पहुंचा रहे हैं इसका मतलब है कि हम भगवान की दी हुई नेमत को ठुकरा रहे है | “

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