NCERT Solutions Class 5 English Unit 9 Chapter 17 Sing a Song of People


Unit 9|Lesson 17 Sing a Song of People

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NCERT Solutions Class 5 English Unit 9 Chapter 17 Sing a Song of People (CBSE) You should refer to books and teachers. This is just for making reference available. There are so many activities that need to be undertaken for better understanding. Let students explore the subject. Use it at your own discretion.

Answers for Textbook Questions NCERT Solutions Class 5 English Unit 9 Chapter 17 Sing a Song of People

New Words

  • Subway- underground passage for people to cross – (भूमिगत मार्ग)
  • Underneath- below-(नीचे)
  • Elevators- lift-(लिफ्ट)
  • grumpy -ill-tempered-(क्रोधी)

Reading is Fun

Q1. Which modes of transport do the people use to move around in the city?

Ans.1 People use cycles, scooters, autos, motors, buses, and taxis to move around in the city.

Q2. What are the things that the people carry with them while moving around?

Ans.2 People carry umbrellas, hats, bags, suitcases, and carry bags while moving around.

Q3. Where do you find these very busy people?

Ans.3 I find these very busy people on roads, trains, markets, bus stands, and railway stations.  

Q4. Where have you seen crowds of people?

Ans.4 I have seen crowds of people on roads, trains, malls, bus stands, and hospitals.  

Q5. Why do you think all these people are in a hurry?

Ans.5 I think all these people are in a hurry because they have a lot of work to do.

Language Use

Q. Let’s write the opposites of the following words.



Opposite Word


slow fast up down
back front tall short
below above crowd alone
loud silent go come

Let’s Listen

Q. 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 Child

My home is a house

Near a wood,

I’d live in a street

If 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 Child

I 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.

 Note:- Let children read these poems and find out what the children in the poem like, what they want to do, and where they want to live. Ask children to choose the place of their choice and write a paragraph. why they chose one?

Let’s Talk

Q.1 The people who live in cities often wish they could live in quiet towns. Do you like the place you live in?

Ans. Yes, I like the place I live in. I do not want to go anywhere.

Note: – Let children write their thoughts. The answer given here is just for reference.

Q.1 Tell your partner two things you like and don’t like about the place you live in.

Ans. I live in a city. I like the place where I live in.

Things I like
  • There are parks, playgrounds, malls and so many places to visit.
  • There is a library, hospital and a big market. We can get things we need easily.
Things I don’t like

(i)        It is a noisy place, which I don’t like.

(ii)       It is a big city having so many problems like pollution and water scarcity.

Let’s Write

Q1. 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?

Ans.1 Yes, I observe that every second and fourth line rhyme with each other.

My First Poem

I am a student
and you teach me.

I am amazed always
at how you reach me.

 Q2. 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?

Ans.2 There are more than one hundred twenty-one crore people in our country. We do not have enough land, food, and water for all the people on the earth.

Q3. 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 1 2 2 3 2 1 3 2 1 1 18
children from 5-14 years 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 11
grown-up children from 15-20 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 2 10
elders from 21-50 years 4 3 4 3 5 4 3 3 4 3 36
old people who are above 50 years 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 1 20
total number of people in the family 10 8 11 10 10 7 9 11 11 8 95

Note: – The figures are not true mere indicative. Childdren should survey themselves and collect the data. Here in this chapter Sing a Song of People solution is imaginary. 

F* family

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

Ans. (i)

Total number of educated people in each family F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 TOTAL
7 8 10 10 9 6 8 11 10 5 84
Q (ii) From amongst the ten families, how many are educated?

Ans. (ii) Almost every family amongst the ten families is educated.

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


  • Title: – Status of education in may village/city.
  • Objective: – To know the status of education in my village/city.
  • Collection of Data: – I visited the households and collected the data.

Education in my village

There is a total of 105 members in the ten families I surveyed. Out of 105 members, there are 24 children below the age of 5 years. There are 26 children from 5-14 years. There are 25 grown-up children from the age group of 15-20.  There are 15 elders from 21-50 years. 15 of them are old people who are above 50 years.

Out of 105 people, 97 are educated and 8 people are uneducated. All children of 5-14 years of age are going to school.
The status of the education in my city/village is excellent but some efforts should be made for the 8 uneducated members of our society.

Submitted By

  • Name –
  • Class –
  • Roll no.-

Let’s Interview

Q1. Interview your teacher and get her responses to the following questions.

1) Why did you become a teacher?

Ans. My teachers inspired me to become a teacher.

2) How do you come to school every day?

 Ans. I come to school in my car every day.

3) Do you have any pets?

Ans. Yes, I have two pets’ dog and a cat.

4) What kinds of books do you like to read?

Ans. I read fiction books.

5) What are your hobbies?

Ans. I like to listen to music and write stories.

Q2. Now write a paragraph about your teacher with the information you have gathered.

My Teacher

My teacher says he became a teacher because his teachers inspired him to do so. He comes to school in his car every day. My teacher has two pets a dog and a cat.  He likes to read fiction books. His hobby is to listen to music and write stories,

Q1. Use the above map to answer the questions.
i) What does the dotted line on the map show?

Ans. The dotted line in the map is Ajay’s route.

ii) What road would Ajay take to get to the boat club?

Ans. Ajay will take Kasturba Gandhi Marg to reach the boat club.

iii) What building is next to the picnic area?

Ans. The school building is next to the picnic area.

iv) What road passes by Ajay’s house?

Ans. Ring road passes by Ajay’s house

v) What other way could Ajay use to get from his house to his grandmother’s house?

Ans. Ajay can use Ashoka Road to get from his house to his grandmother’s house.

Now write: Sing a Song of People

Use verbs like: go, turn, cross

Use prepositions like: across, between, in front of, besides, near, behind, and write how you get home from school.

Ans. There is a footpath beside the school, I take it to cross the hilly area and take a left turn to reach the link road. Then I walk between the rows of trees on both sides of the road for 10 minutes. After this, I reach in front of a well. Behind the well, there is a big temple. After crossing the temple there is a small bridge across the river, just after crossing the bridge I reach Panchayat Ghar.  In front of panchayat ghar this road again turns into a footpath.  It passes across the village to my grandmother’s house.

Let’s Listen

Do you like to float paper boats?
Listen to the poem given below.

Day by Day I Float My Paper Boats

Day by day I float my paper boats

one by one down the running stream.

In big black letters, I write my name on them

and the name of the village where I live.

I hope that someone in some strange

land will find them and know who I am.

I load my little boats with shiuli flowers from our garden.

And hope that these blooms of the dawn will be carried

safely to land in the night.

                               “RABINDRANATH TAGORE”

Q i) Discuss with your partner how you would send a similar message to someone

Ans. I would write my message on paper, place it in a bottle, tighten its cap, and drop it in the river or sea. It will reach someone.

Q ii) Also find out how people sent messages in the olden days and how they send them nowadays.

Ans.   In the olden days, people sent messages through messengers and pigeons. Nowadays, people send messages by telephone, email, and internet instantly.

Let’s Write

Q I) See the picture Travel Time below. Answer the questions that follow.

Q 1) Where did you go for an excursion/holiday?

Ans. I went to Shimla for an excursion/holiday.

Q 2) With whom did you go?

Ans. I went with my family

Q 3) What did you take with you?

Ans. I took eatables, a camera, clothes, and dairy with me.

Q 4) What was the first thing you saw when you reached your destination?

Ans. I saw many people and open space at Mall Road.

Q 5) What did you like best about the place?

Ans. I liked the open space and no traffic at Ridge.

Q 6) How long did you stay there?

Ans. I spent two days there.

Q 7) What did you miss about home?

Ans. I did not miss anything about home as I was out for an excursion.

Q2. Make sentences using any two new words which you have learned in the lesson.

Ans. 2 (I) Procession- जुलूस- There was a big procession passing by.

(ii) Canyons- घाटियां- The train passing through deep canyons.

Q3. Which do you think would be more fun – traveling by aeroplane or sailing on a ship? Write why you think so.

Ans. 3 I think traveling by aeroplane would be more fun for me because It would provide me a chance to see the mountains, rivers, cities, and villages from the above.

Q4. Look at the following words. They are group names.
  • troop of soldiers – सैनिकों की टुकड़ी
  • swarm of bees- मधुमक्खियों का झुण्ड
  • team of players- खिलाड़ियों की टीम
  • litter of puppies- पिल्लों का झुण्ड
  • fleet of ships- जहाजों का बेड़ा
  • library of books- पुस्तकालय
Fill in the blanks choosing group words from the box.


  1. The travelLers rested under the clump of trees.
  2. The choir sang beautifully
  3. The bunch of flowers was lying on the table.
  4. The girl looked up at the cluster of stars.
  5. The band of robbers escaped.
  6. The hunter shot at the flock of birds
Q5. Some words describe actions. Many of them end in-ly. The girl danced beautifully.

Fill in the blanks by changing the word in the brackets suitably.


  1. The girl slept soundly. (sound)
  2. The children finished their work quickly. (quick)
  3. The old man shouted loudly. [loud]
  4. The boys played quietly. [quiet]
  5. Do your work neatly. (neat)
  6. I can do the sum easily (easy)

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Fun Time

Q1. Which country would you like to visit when you grow up? Make a project by drawing or pasting.
  • (i) a map of that country, its national flag
  • (ii) stamps of the country, its currency
  • (iii) some famous monuments or landmarks

Note: – Let children do this activity. Just facilitate them, need not dictate every step required. NCERT Solutions Class 5 English Unit 9 Chapter 17 Sing a Song of People is just for your help.

Q 2. Do you know that there are seven wonders in the world?

Can you tell the name of the one which is in India? Find out and write the names of all the seven wonders and the countries they are located in.

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Wonders of the world Countries
Great Wall of China China
Petra Ma’an, Jordan
Colosseum Rome, Italy
Chichen Itza Yucatán, Mexico
Machu Picchu Cuzco Region, Peru
Taj Mahal   Agra Uttar Pradesh, India
Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fun with Sounds ( Sing a Song of People )

Q4. When an e is added to some words, the words change along with their sounds and meanings.


Mat- आसन





cape-गले का कपड़ा





hat -टोप



quit- छोड़ना









  Note: – Read words and feel the sounds and try to understand the change in the meaning.

A Little Bit of Nonsense

There was an old man with a beard

Who said, “It is just as I feared!

Two Owls and a Hen,

Four Larks and a Wren,

Have all built their nests in my beard!

Note: – let students read this loud. Do not emphasize the meaning at first. Let them enjoy reciting and then unfold the real meaning if you find it necessary. Sing a Song of People solutions 

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  1. NCERT Solutions Class 5 English Unit 5 Chapter 9 The Lazy Frog
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NCERT Solutions Class 5 English Unit 9 Chapter 17 Sing a Song of People (CBSE) You should refer to books and teachers. This is just for making reference available. There are so many activities that need to be undertaken for better understanding. Let students explore the subject. Use it at your own discretion.