NCERT Textbook: Poem - Meadow Surprises, English, Class 7 Class 7 Notes | EduRev

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Meadow Surprises
Walk across a green field, a park or even under a clump
of trees, and you will notice many wonderful things. What
are some of the surprises a meadow has for someone
with a keen eye and a sharp ear?
Meadows have surprises,
You can find them if you look;
Walk softly through the velvet grass,
And listen by the brook.
You may see a butterfly
Rest upon a buttercup
And unfold its drinking straws
To sip the nectar up.
You may scare a rabbit
Who is sitting very still;
Though at first you may not see him,
When he hops you will.
A dandelion whose fuzzy head
Was golden days ago
Has turned to airy parachutes
That flutter when you blow.
2020-21
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Meadow Surprises
Walk across a green field, a park or even under a clump
of trees, and you will notice many wonderful things. What
are some of the surprises a meadow has for someone
with a keen eye and a sharp ear?
Meadows have surprises,
You can find them if you look;
Walk softly through the velvet grass,
And listen by the brook.
You may see a butterfly
Rest upon a buttercup
And unfold its drinking straws
To sip the nectar up.
You may scare a rabbit
Who is sitting very still;
Though at first you may not see him,
When he hops you will.
A dandelion whose fuzzy head
Was golden days ago
Has turned to airy parachutes
That flutter when you blow.
2020-21
124/HONEYCOMB
Explore the meadow houses,
The burrows in the ground,
A nest beneath tall grasses,
The ant’s amazing mound.
Oh! Meadows have surprises
And many things to tell;
You may discover these yourself,
If you look and listen well.
LOIS BRANDT PHILLIPS
Working with the Poem
1. Read the lines in which the following phrases occur.  Then
discuss with your partner the meaning of each phrase in
its context.
(i) velvet grass
(ii) drinking straws
(iii) meadow houses
(iv) amazing mound
(v) fuzzy head
2. Which line in the poem suggests that you need a keen eye
and a sharp ear to enjoy a meadow? Read aloud the stanza
that contains this line.
3. Find pictures of the kinds of birds, insects and scenes
mentioned in the poem.
4. Watch a tree or a plant, or walk across a field or park at
the same time everyday for a week. Keep a diary of what
you see and hear. At the end of the week, write a short
paragraph or a poem about your experiences. Put your
writing up on the class bulletin board.
124/HONEYCOMB
2020-21
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Meadow Surprises
Walk across a green field, a park or even under a clump
of trees, and you will notice many wonderful things. What
are some of the surprises a meadow has for someone
with a keen eye and a sharp ear?
Meadows have surprises,
You can find them if you look;
Walk softly through the velvet grass,
And listen by the brook.
You may see a butterfly
Rest upon a buttercup
And unfold its drinking straws
To sip the nectar up.
You may scare a rabbit
Who is sitting very still;
Though at first you may not see him,
When he hops you will.
A dandelion whose fuzzy head
Was golden days ago
Has turned to airy parachutes
That flutter when you blow.
2020-21
124/HONEYCOMB
Explore the meadow houses,
The burrows in the ground,
A nest beneath tall grasses,
The ant’s amazing mound.
Oh! Meadows have surprises
And many things to tell;
You may discover these yourself,
If you look and listen well.
LOIS BRANDT PHILLIPS
Working with the Poem
1. Read the lines in which the following phrases occur.  Then
discuss with your partner the meaning of each phrase in
its context.
(i) velvet grass
(ii) drinking straws
(iii) meadow houses
(iv) amazing mound
(v) fuzzy head
2. Which line in the poem suggests that you need a keen eye
and a sharp ear to enjoy a meadow? Read aloud the stanza
that contains this line.
3. Find pictures of the kinds of birds, insects and scenes
mentioned in the poem.
4. Watch a tree or a plant, or walk across a field or park at
the same time everyday for a week. Keep a diary of what
you see and hear. At the end of the week, write a short
paragraph or a poem about your experiences. Put your
writing up on the class bulletin board.
124/HONEYCOMB
2020-21
FIRE: FRIEND AND FOE/125
Read the following poem about the world of nature, which  is
as busy as the world of human beings.
Busy World
Bees are buzzing, frogs are hopping,
Moles are digging.  There’s no stopping
Vines from climbing, grass from growing,
Birds from singing, winds from blowing,
Buds from blooming. Bees are humming,
Sunbeams dancing, raindrops drumming.
All the world is whirling, dizzy,
Summertime is very busy!
FRANCES GORMAN RISSER
Delivery Delayed
Answer
The postman started moving round
the tree in circles. The dog followed
him, but as he did so, his leash
got wrapped around the tree. The
postman then safely walked up to
the front door.
MEADOW SURPRISES /125
2020-21
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