NCERT Textbook - Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Class 4 Notes | EduRev

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Class 4 : NCERT Textbook - Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Class 4 Notes | EduRev

 Page 1


Read and enjoy the poem
Don’t be afraid of the dark, little one,
The earth must rest when the day is done.
The sun must be harsh, but moonlight – never!
And those stars will be shining forever and ever,
Be friends with the Night, there is nothing to fear,
Just let your thoughts travel to friends far and near.
By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease,
But at night, late at night, the world is at peace.
– Ruskin Bond 
Don’t be Afraid
of the Dark
New words
afraid, dark, rest, harsh,
forever, troubles, cease
Reading is fun
Word building
1. What is the poem about?
2. What happens when the day is over?
3. What does the earth do when the day is over?
4. What does the poet want us to do at night?
5. Are these sentences TRUE or FALSE?
(a) The poet tells the child to be
afraid when it is dark.__________
(b) The poet says that stars will
always shine at night.__________
(c) The poet tells the child to think of
friends after it is dark._________
moon + light ___________ break + fast ___________
good + night ___________ day + break ___________
water + fall ___________ rain + bow ___________
1. Find a word in the poem which is the opposite of —
war__________ enemies_________ gentle_________
light_________ night____________ start__________
4
75
Page 2


Read and enjoy the poem
Don’t be afraid of the dark, little one,
The earth must rest when the day is done.
The sun must be harsh, but moonlight – never!
And those stars will be shining forever and ever,
Be friends with the Night, there is nothing to fear,
Just let your thoughts travel to friends far and near.
By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease,
But at night, late at night, the world is at peace.
– Ruskin Bond 
Don’t be Afraid
of the Dark
New words
afraid, dark, rest, harsh,
forever, troubles, cease
Reading is fun
Word building
1. What is the poem about?
2. What happens when the day is over?
3. What does the earth do when the day is over?
4. What does the poet want us to do at night?
5. Are these sentences TRUE or FALSE?
(a) The poet tells the child to be
afraid when it is dark.__________
(b) The poet says that stars will
always shine at night.__________
(c) The poet tells the child to think of
friends after it is dark._________
moon + light ___________ break + fast ___________
good + night ___________ day + break ___________
water + fall ___________ rain + bow ___________
1. Find a word in the poem which is the opposite of —
war__________ enemies_________ gentle_________
light_________ night____________ start__________
4
75
Read and enjoy the poem
Don’t be afraid of the dark, little one,
The earth must rest when the day is done.
The sun must be harsh, but moonlight – never!
And those stars will be shining forever and ever,
Be friends with the Night, there is nothing to fear,
Just let your thoughts travel to friends far and near.
By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease,
But at night, late at night, the world is at peace.
– Ruskin Bond 
Don’t be Afraid
of the Dark
New words
afraid, dark, rest, harsh,
forever, troubles, cease
Reading is fun
Word building
1. What is the poem about?
2. What happens when the day is over?
3. What does the earth do when the day is over?
4. What does the poet want us to do at night?
5. Are these sentences TRUE or FALSE?
(a) The poet tells the child to be
afraid when it is dark.__________
(b) The poet says that stars will
always shine at night.__________
(c) The poet tells the child to think of
friends after it is dark._________
moon + light ___________ break + fast ___________
good + night ___________ day + break ___________
water + fall ___________ rain + bow ___________
1. Find a word in the poem which is the opposite of —
war__________ enemies_________ gentle_________
light_________ night____________ start__________
4
75
Page 3


Read and enjoy the poem
Don’t be afraid of the dark, little one,
The earth must rest when the day is done.
The sun must be harsh, but moonlight – never!
And those stars will be shining forever and ever,
Be friends with the Night, there is nothing to fear,
Just let your thoughts travel to friends far and near.
By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease,
But at night, late at night, the world is at peace.
– Ruskin Bond 
Don’t be Afraid
of the Dark
New words
afraid, dark, rest, harsh,
forever, troubles, cease
Reading is fun
Word building
1. What is the poem about?
2. What happens when the day is over?
3. What does the earth do when the day is over?
4. What does the poet want us to do at night?
5. Are these sentences TRUE or FALSE?
(a) The poet tells the child to be
afraid when it is dark.__________
(b) The poet says that stars will
always shine at night.__________
(c) The poet tells the child to think of
friends after it is dark._________
moon + light ___________ break + fast ___________
good + night ___________ day + break ___________
water + fall ___________ rain + bow ___________
1. Find a word in the poem which is the opposite of —
war__________ enemies_________ gentle_________
light_________ night____________ start__________
4
75
Read and enjoy the poem
Don’t be afraid of the dark, little one,
The earth must rest when the day is done.
The sun must be harsh, but moonlight – never!
And those stars will be shining forever and ever,
Be friends with the Night, there is nothing to fear,
Just let your thoughts travel to friends far and near.
By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease,
But at night, late at night, the world is at peace.
– Ruskin Bond 
Don’t be Afraid
of the Dark
New words
afraid, dark, rest, harsh,
forever, troubles, cease
Reading is fun
Word building
1. What is the poem about?
2. What happens when the day is over?
3. What does the earth do when the day is over?
4. What does the poet want us to do at night?
5. Are these sentences TRUE or FALSE?
(a) The poet tells the child to be
afraid when it is dark.__________
(b) The poet says that stars will
always shine at night.__________
(c) The poet tells the child to think of
friends after it is dark._________
moon + light ___________ break + fast ___________
good + night ___________ day + break ___________
water + fall ___________ rain + bow ___________
1. Find a word in the poem which is the opposite of —
war__________ enemies_________ gentle_________
light_________ night____________ start__________
4
75
2. Look at these words in the poem 
don’t, won’t
Here are their full forms 
don’t — do not won’t — will not
Now, write the full forms of the following words 
didn’t ___________________
shouldn’t ___________________
wouldn’t ___________________
couldn’t ___________________
mustn’t ___________________
1. Are you afraid of the dark? Why?
2. What do you do when it is dark?
3. Have you ever been very frightened? Tell your partner 
about it.
1. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘cease’, 
and means to playfully make fun of ?
2. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘near’ 
and ‘fear’, and means easy to see, hear and understand?
Let’s talk
Say aloud
 t
 
c 
 
5
77
3. Where did the tip of the tongue touch?
4. Listen and repeat Ca -t
5. Did you hear what your tongue did?
6. Say these words and feel what your tongue does when 
you say –
, , , 
Work in pairs
Make the ‘ ’ sound.
I came down
I coughed “K, k, k, k!”
And cough again “K, k, k, k!”
Did you hear the ‘K’ sound
at the end of the word ‘book’?
Repeat
book look neck duck chick sack clock
All these words start with the same sound 
kangaroo curtain king
key kind kitten
1. Divide the class into four groups.
2. Imagine life without the sun.
Say t, t, t
toe top tie ten
cough
Team time
4
76
Page 4


Read and enjoy the poem
Don’t be afraid of the dark, little one,
The earth must rest when the day is done.
The sun must be harsh, but moonlight – never!
And those stars will be shining forever and ever,
Be friends with the Night, there is nothing to fear,
Just let your thoughts travel to friends far and near.
By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease,
But at night, late at night, the world is at peace.
– Ruskin Bond 
Don’t be Afraid
of the Dark
New words
afraid, dark, rest, harsh,
forever, troubles, cease
Reading is fun
Word building
1. What is the poem about?
2. What happens when the day is over?
3. What does the earth do when the day is over?
4. What does the poet want us to do at night?
5. Are these sentences TRUE or FALSE?
(a) The poet tells the child to be
afraid when it is dark.__________
(b) The poet says that stars will
always shine at night.__________
(c) The poet tells the child to think of
friends after it is dark._________
moon + light ___________ break + fast ___________
good + night ___________ day + break ___________
water + fall ___________ rain + bow ___________
1. Find a word in the poem which is the opposite of —
war__________ enemies_________ gentle_________
light_________ night____________ start__________
4
75
Read and enjoy the poem
Don’t be afraid of the dark, little one,
The earth must rest when the day is done.
The sun must be harsh, but moonlight – never!
And those stars will be shining forever and ever,
Be friends with the Night, there is nothing to fear,
Just let your thoughts travel to friends far and near.
By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease,
But at night, late at night, the world is at peace.
– Ruskin Bond 
Don’t be Afraid
of the Dark
New words
afraid, dark, rest, harsh,
forever, troubles, cease
Reading is fun
Word building
1. What is the poem about?
2. What happens when the day is over?
3. What does the earth do when the day is over?
4. What does the poet want us to do at night?
5. Are these sentences TRUE or FALSE?
(a) The poet tells the child to be
afraid when it is dark.__________
(b) The poet says that stars will
always shine at night.__________
(c) The poet tells the child to think of
friends after it is dark._________
moon + light ___________ break + fast ___________
good + night ___________ day + break ___________
water + fall ___________ rain + bow ___________
1. Find a word in the poem which is the opposite of —
war__________ enemies_________ gentle_________
light_________ night____________ start__________
4
75
2. Look at these words in the poem 
don’t, won’t
Here are their full forms 
don’t — do not won’t — will not
Now, write the full forms of the following words 
didn’t ___________________
shouldn’t ___________________
wouldn’t ___________________
couldn’t ___________________
mustn’t ___________________
1. Are you afraid of the dark? Why?
2. What do you do when it is dark?
3. Have you ever been very frightened? Tell your partner 
about it.
1. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘cease’, 
and means to playfully make fun of ?
2. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘near’ 
and ‘fear’, and means easy to see, hear and understand?
Let’s talk
Say aloud
 t
 
c 
 
5
77
3. Where did the tip of the tongue touch?
4. Listen and repeat Ca -t
5. Did you hear what your tongue did?
6. Say these words and feel what your tongue does when 
you say –
, , , 
Work in pairs
Make the ‘ ’ sound.
I came down
I coughed “K, k, k, k!”
And cough again “K, k, k, k!”
Did you hear the ‘K’ sound
at the end of the word ‘book’?
Repeat
book look neck duck chick sack clock
All these words start with the same sound 
kangaroo curtain king
key kind kitten
1. Divide the class into four groups.
2. Imagine life without the sun.
Say t, t, t
toe top tie ten
cough
Team time
4
76
2. Look at these words in the poem 
don’t, won’t
Here are their full forms 
don’t — do not won’t — will not
Now, write the full forms of the following words 
didn’t ___________________
shouldn’t ___________________
wouldn’t ___________________
couldn’t ___________________
mustn’t ___________________
1. Are you afraid of the dark? Why?
2. What do you do when it is dark?
3. Have you ever been very frightened? Tell your partner 
about it.
1. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘cease’, 
and means to playfully make fun of ?
2. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘near’ 
and ‘fear’, and means easy to see, hear and understand?
Let’s talk
Say aloud
 t
 
c 
 
5
77
3. Where did the tip of the tongue touch?
4. Listen and repeat Ca -t
5. Did you hear what your tongue did?
6. Say these words and feel what your tongue does when 
you say –
, , , 
Work in pairs
Make the ‘ ’ sound.
I came down
I coughed “K, k, k, k!”
And cough again “K, k, k, k!”
Did you hear the ‘K’ sound
at the end of the word ‘book’?
Repeat
book look neck duck chick sack clock
All these words start with the same sound 
kangaroo curtain king
key kind kitten
1. Divide the class into four groups.
2. Imagine life without the sun.
Say t, t, t
toe top tie ten
cough
Team time
4
76
Page 5


Read and enjoy the poem
Don’t be afraid of the dark, little one,
The earth must rest when the day is done.
The sun must be harsh, but moonlight – never!
And those stars will be shining forever and ever,
Be friends with the Night, there is nothing to fear,
Just let your thoughts travel to friends far and near.
By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease,
But at night, late at night, the world is at peace.
– Ruskin Bond 
Don’t be Afraid
of the Dark
New words
afraid, dark, rest, harsh,
forever, troubles, cease
Reading is fun
Word building
1. What is the poem about?
2. What happens when the day is over?
3. What does the earth do when the day is over?
4. What does the poet want us to do at night?
5. Are these sentences TRUE or FALSE?
(a) The poet tells the child to be
afraid when it is dark.__________
(b) The poet says that stars will
always shine at night.__________
(c) The poet tells the child to think of
friends after it is dark._________
moon + light ___________ break + fast ___________
good + night ___________ day + break ___________
water + fall ___________ rain + bow ___________
1. Find a word in the poem which is the opposite of —
war__________ enemies_________ gentle_________
light_________ night____________ start__________
4
75
Read and enjoy the poem
Don’t be afraid of the dark, little one,
The earth must rest when the day is done.
The sun must be harsh, but moonlight – never!
And those stars will be shining forever and ever,
Be friends with the Night, there is nothing to fear,
Just let your thoughts travel to friends far and near.
By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease,
But at night, late at night, the world is at peace.
– Ruskin Bond 
Don’t be Afraid
of the Dark
New words
afraid, dark, rest, harsh,
forever, troubles, cease
Reading is fun
Word building
1. What is the poem about?
2. What happens when the day is over?
3. What does the earth do when the day is over?
4. What does the poet want us to do at night?
5. Are these sentences TRUE or FALSE?
(a) The poet tells the child to be
afraid when it is dark.__________
(b) The poet says that stars will
always shine at night.__________
(c) The poet tells the child to think of
friends after it is dark._________
moon + light ___________ break + fast ___________
good + night ___________ day + break ___________
water + fall ___________ rain + bow ___________
1. Find a word in the poem which is the opposite of —
war__________ enemies_________ gentle_________
light_________ night____________ start__________
4
75
2. Look at these words in the poem 
don’t, won’t
Here are their full forms 
don’t — do not won’t — will not
Now, write the full forms of the following words 
didn’t ___________________
shouldn’t ___________________
wouldn’t ___________________
couldn’t ___________________
mustn’t ___________________
1. Are you afraid of the dark? Why?
2. What do you do when it is dark?
3. Have you ever been very frightened? Tell your partner 
about it.
1. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘cease’, 
and means to playfully make fun of ?
2. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘near’ 
and ‘fear’, and means easy to see, hear and understand?
Let’s talk
Say aloud
 t
 
c 
 
5
77
3. Where did the tip of the tongue touch?
4. Listen and repeat Ca -t
5. Did you hear what your tongue did?
6. Say these words and feel what your tongue does when 
you say –
, , , 
Work in pairs
Make the ‘ ’ sound.
I came down
I coughed “K, k, k, k!”
And cough again “K, k, k, k!”
Did you hear the ‘K’ sound
at the end of the word ‘book’?
Repeat
book look neck duck chick sack clock
All these words start with the same sound 
kangaroo curtain king
key kind kitten
1. Divide the class into four groups.
2. Imagine life without the sun.
Say t, t, t
toe top tie ten
cough
Team time
4
76
2. Look at these words in the poem 
don’t, won’t
Here are their full forms 
don’t — do not won’t — will not
Now, write the full forms of the following words 
didn’t ___________________
shouldn’t ___________________
wouldn’t ___________________
couldn’t ___________________
mustn’t ___________________
1. Are you afraid of the dark? Why?
2. What do you do when it is dark?
3. Have you ever been very frightened? Tell your partner 
about it.
1. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘cease’, 
and means to playfully make fun of ?
2. What is the word that starts with , rhymes with ‘near’ 
and ‘fear’, and means easy to see, hear and understand?
Let’s talk
Say aloud
 t
 
c 
 
5
77
3. Where did the tip of the tongue touch?
4. Listen and repeat Ca -t
5. Did you hear what your tongue did?
6. Say these words and feel what your tongue does when 
you say –
, , , 
Work in pairs
Make the ‘ ’ sound.
I came down
I coughed “K, k, k, k!”
And cough again “K, k, k, k!”
Did you hear the ‘K’ sound
at the end of the word ‘book’?
Repeat
book look neck duck chick sack clock
All these words start with the same sound 
kangaroo curtain king
key kind kitten
1. Divide the class into four groups.
2. Imagine life without the sun.
Say t, t, t
toe top tie ten
cough
Team time
4
76
3. What are the  things that may happen if there is no 
sunlight?
4. Discuss with the group and write your ideas in your 
notebook.
1. The red tea cups are filled with a particular word. Fill in 
the yellow tea cups with similar sounding words. Note 
the example given.
Let’s write
5 4
79 78
Too
Two
Deer
One
Son
2. Now complete the following sentences, choosing the
right word.
(a) The sum was ____________ difficult for the class to solve. 
Only ____________ students could do it. (two, too)
(b) There was only_____boy who______the prize. (one, won)
(c) The golden _______ was very _______ to him. (dear, deer)
(d) Ramu’s _______ loved to play in the ________. (sun, son)
1. Relax your feet, legs and entire body. Be as quiet as you can.
2. Listen to the sounds around you.
3. Tell your partner softly what you heard and ask,  “What did 
you hear?”
4. Let your partner talk about or copy those sounds.
5. Read out the following phrases aloud. Divide them into loud 
and softer sounds.
Let’s listen
clapping hands  a worm moving  stamping feet,
a bud blooming  a butterfly flying
a feather dropping  an ant walking  a car moving
the wind blowing   ssshhhh
whisper  tiptoe  a leaf falling
l l
l
l l
l
ll
Loud sounds Softer sounds
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