Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hey...! Check the pics sent in by Yesha...

Click on the third link on the right or the one given below...

Invite Birds Home

Bird feeder

Bird Bath

Birdwatching is a very productive and pleasurable pastime. It requires that you set out on a field trip with your binoculars and field guide in pursuit of the winged fraternity. But another way to indulge in it is by bringing the birds nearer home. You can
attract birds by installing a birdfeeder, a birdbath or a
birdhouse in your garden or balcony.
Even if you do not reside in a green haven, there will be birds of many hues in you neighbourhood. There are bound to be bushes and hedges in the nearest park or trees on the roadsides. Peepul trees or mango, quite common around the Indian countryside attract birds by the legion. The berries of the peepul and the blossoms of mango are an invitation to them.

BIRD FEEDER is a very basic tray that can hold grains, seeds or food for the birds. It can be any shallow dish or a platform of any sort. While a few of the gardening stores or home decor shops may stock some exotic variety, it is a better idea to make one at home. You can be as innovative as you wish in making a rudimentary feeder.

  • Dig into your home-stores or throwaways to find a tray-like object.
  • A wooden fruit bowl or an earthenware dish will do fine, too. It can be placed in some niche or on a pedestal in the verandah.
  • Put up a wall bracket and fit on it your cheapest serving tray.
  • You can place a small water bowl separately on the tray for the birds to drink from.
  • BIRDBATH is a container for water, from which the birds can drink or have a dip as they desire. Birds love to splash and dunk about in a cool pool, especially in the afternoons. Of course, the birdbath becomes functional if you have a feeder in the first place to attract birds.
  • This can be a little largish bowl - not deep-bottomed, but not too shallow either. It can be made of ceramic, wood or metal. Terracotta bonsai tray is convenient and would go with your garden decor, too.

  • BIRDHOUSE, as the name suggests, is a small house. It is different from a feeder or bath in that it serves as a breeding nest for the birds. But it can double up as a feeder.
  • A typical birdhouse is like the house that a five-year old learns to draw - one with a sloping roof, a window or a door. It can have a small perch for the birds to sit on.
  • You can have a local carpenter build one for you with simple plywood. While you can check books or magazines for a design, you can easily design one yourself.
  • Only, see that the roof or the base of the birdhouse is removable so that it can be cleaned easily. Provide an inlet - a window large enough for the birds to go in and come out. Make the interiors cosy with a bed of cloth fibres, cotton, hay and feathers.
  • You can make a birdhouse from durable cardboard, too. Only see that you laminate it so that it does not get wet easily. The cardboard one can be in the traditional design of a hut or it can even be shaped like a carton. The carton can then be hung like a lantern.


    If you have a balcony or a small terrace with potted plants, place the feeder and bath around these. This will also help create an ecological habitat for the birds.
    For an empty birdhouse to become a bird home, all you have to do is put food. It's that simple.

    BIRD FEED There are no hard or fast rules here. Experiment with food. By trial and error you'll soon find the food pattern of different birds. Grains, seeds, cereals and worms, normally fetch in a few species.
  • Put grains like millet, bajri, rapeseed, oats or even breadcrumbs (not large pieces) on the feeder or in the birdhouse. Sparrows are partial to grains and cereals. Pigeons will flock for the bajri.
  • Do not keep leftovers like roti or rice, as that is sure to encourage the crows.
  • Ensure that your pots are not in the path of the wind or directly under the feeders. The flying husks or discarded seed coverings will lodge themselves there. You don't want tiny saplings sprouting from your pots.

    Game we played...

    Hi friends...!
    So everyone enjoying the vacations....! Great..!
    Just the game we played in school...
    Here is the link...

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    The beetle we saw...

    Finally after lot of research...
    Talks with scientists... I have lead on the beetle that we saw in the garden... It wasn't easy even for experts.. this with reference to experts from India and abroad.... working in the field.. and after consulting with the bug experts from the forest department...

    The beetle is named...

    Batocera rufomaculata.

    Over the head...?

    Well here is the common name...
    red-spotted longhorn beetle
    Its actually a bark borer beetle, normally found on mango tree.... and we saw it on kapok tree...

    Which some people think is a cotton tree...

    Monday, October 11, 2010

    Missile Technology In Indian History

    The use of rockets and missiles by Indians in modern times dates back to the 18th century, during the period of ruler Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Fighting the British colonial army, Tipu Sultan's Army used variety of rockets in supporting role. It was world's first use of rockets for fighting modern wars. In the Second Anglo-Mysore war, at the Battle of Pollilur (10 September 1780), Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan won grandly, whereby the whole British detachment lead by Colonel Baillie was destroyed and 3,820 soldiers taken prisoner (including Colonel Bailli). At the Battle of Seringapatam in 1792, Indian soldiers launched a huge barrage of rockets against British troops, followed by an assault of 36,000 men. Later at the battle of Srirangapattana (4th Anglo-Mysore war) in April 1799, British forces lead by Colonel Arthur Wellesley (Duke of Wellington) ran away from the battlefield when attacked by rockets and musket fire of Tipu Sultan's army.

    Tipu's rockets were far more advanced than any other at the time, and had been fully integrated into his Army, which were under special Rocket Brigades called Kushoons. These were extremely effective in Battle, and completely scattered the British Armies. These rockets were later re-engineered by William Congreve and known in Britain as Congreve Rockets.

    Tipu Sultan

    Under his leadership, the Mysore army proved to be a school of military science to Indian princes. The serious blows that Tipu Sultan inflicted on the British in the First and Second Mysore Wars affected their reputation as an invincible power. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, in his Tipu Sultan Shaheed Memorial Lecture in Bangalore (30 November 1991), called Tipu Sultan the innovator of the world's first war rocket. Two of these rockets, captured by the British at Srirangapatna, are displayed in the Royal Artillery Museum in London

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010

    Science words - Trick to remeber them and making science easy...

    One of the keys to being successful in Science especailly Biology is; being able to understand the terminology. Difficult Science words and terms can be made easy to understand by becoming familiar with common prefixes and suffixes used in biology. These affixes, derived from Latin and Greek roots, form the basis for many difficult Science words. By breaking these words down into discrete units, even the most complex terms can be understood.

    Foe example:

    Autotroph: -

    This word can be separated as follows:

    Auto - troph.Auto - means self,

    troph - means nourish.

    Autotrophs are organisms capable of self nourishment.

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Ananya got food detective certificate...

    Guidelines for the Science Project

    Hi! Everyone...

    Just the reminder for your Science Project which is due on 16th Sep 2010 (Thursday)
    You have to bring photographs and information in following ways:

    1. Levers

    1st class: 2 Photos
    2nd class: 2 photos
    3rd class: 2 photos and

    2. photographs of 4 more simple machines (any 4 from remaining one's)
    3. ideally you should have spare snaps...
    4. get at least two photographs for each type..
    5. Get little information on all the simple machines of which photographs you are going to paste
    in the project.

    Photographs of such simple machines which are normally found at your home are expected.

    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Keep Ben Healthy

    Click on the following link to get directed to archives of June where you can play this fun interactive game called keeping Ben Healthy... You can also go to archives (on the right of the window) of June and continue with it... Its second activity from top...

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Hey... On Popular demand from you all, now you can talk to me online....

    Click on the following link to talk to me...

    I guess we will have to decide one particular time for this... I will put it on poll...

    Till then 5.30 to 6.30pm (IST) will be the time...

    (Those outside India will have to check with their timings accordingly)

    Monday, September 6, 2010

    Meet the Food Detectives...

    Click on the following link to meet the Food Detectives and play some fun games...

    Take a Poll

    Hi friends...!

    So on the popular demand, we have new poll, actually we have two polls... One for girls and one for boys... For finding out who is the best groomed girl and a boy...

    Now that does not mean girls will only vote for girls and boys will vote for boys, everyone can vote for anyone whether its a girl or a boy...

    So lets vote...

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    Five Ways to Avoid Sports Injuries

    Playing sports is a lot of fun. Getting hurt is not. Take these five steps to prevent injuries so you can stay in the game:

    1. Wear protective gear, such as helmets, protective pads, and other gear.
    2. Warm up and cool down.
    3. Know the rules of the game.
    4. Watch out for others.
    5. Don't play when you're injured.

    Let's find out more about each of these.

    1.Wear Protective Gear
    Talk with your parents or your coach to know what gear you need. Then wear that gear whenever you're practicing or playing.

    2.Warm Up

    It's not a good idea to just bolt on to the field and start playing. You shouldn't even start stretching until you're a little warmed up. So take a light jog to get loosened up and ready to play.

    Doing some stretching also can get you prepared to hit the field. By warming up, you get yourself ready to play. Warming up your muscles and practicing a sport help keep you safe, too. Warm-ups that last 15 to 30 minutes and include slow, gradual stretching help lengthen your muscles and increase your blood flow and muscle temperature. That way, your muscles are ready to go and are much less likely to get hurt.

    3.Know the Rules of the Game

    Traffic lights at intersections help prevent crashes between the many cars and trucks that drive on the roads together. This works because drivers know the rules and follow them — at least most of the time. It's the same way with sports.

    When players know the rules of the game — what's legal and what's not — fewer injuries happen. You and the other players know what to expect from each other. For instance, you know that in soccer you can't come from behind, crash into a player's legs, and steal the ball. It's legal — and safer — to go after the ball rather than the player.

    4.Watch Out for Others

    Some rules don't have anything to do with scoring points or penalties. Some rules are just about protecting other people and being courteous. For instance, a diver (Swimmer) would make sure that the pool was clear before diving in. Otherwise, he or she might land on someone else.

    One way you can watch out for others is to communicate on the field. For instance, a Cricketer in the field might yell "I got it" to avoid a collision with another fielder. Listening to your coach during a game also can help keep you safe. It's also good to just be courteous, like telling someone his or her shoe is untied. Check your shoes, too!

    5. Don't Play When You're Injured

    This is a really important one. If you love sports, it's tempting to get right back in the game, even after an injury. But playing when you're hurt — or before an injury has had a chance to fully heal — is a bad idea. It can lead to an even worse injury, one that might sideline you for a long time. Be honest with parents and coaches if you've been hurt. See a doctor for your injuries, when necessary, and follow his or her advice about how and when to return to practice and play.

    Now you know what kids need to know about staying safe. Hopefully, if you follow rules 1, 2, 3, and 4, you won't need number 5. Or at least not quite as often!

    Originally Reviewed by: Joseph A. Congeni, MD
    Steve Sanders, PhD

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    Who is the best groomed student in your (5-C) Class?

    Take a Poll, Click on the following link or click on the first link on the right hand side, once directed to the website, click on the Poll image at the bottom left...

    Lets see, who is that person...

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    Healthy Breakfast options

    Click on the image to view larger...


    Hi friends...!

    Let us see what do we mean by health

    "A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

    WHO (World health Organization)

    infirmity - Small problems of health like occasional headache or a sprain.

    Health and hygiene

    Hi friends...!

    Since we are doing Health and Hygiene, Just a reminder there are related activities that I had already placed. Just go to Archives for the month of June on the right hand side...


    Friday, August 13, 2010

    Proud to be an Indian

    Hi! Friends...!!!

    "Independence day" is day after tomorrow. I just wanted to share an Incident... I met this french women working in France civil services (Like we have in India IAS) as we shared same interest and love for wildlife, we started speaking on the topic. She and her husband had just been to Africa and shared some pictures with me, I Appreciated the snaps she and her husband had taken and I shared my views that how mesmerizing the savannas are etc...

    The reply that i got and the conversation then followed was like this...

    Hi, Yes Southern Africa is an incredible place; But be carefull, once you went there you can't think anything else that going back again & again & again ...
    I heard India was not that bad & I'd like to explore it too somedays ; I bet it's quite different from Paris & Europe !
    Did you meet a lot of people threw the wildlife groups ?
    Maybe We'll see your face in the future ?

    Hi..Well...Definitely its completely different from Europe & paris...Its different world altogether..well, u see whole of europe,America, some eastern countries like japan, korea etc...have become quite similar to each other...they all have skyscrapers,lot of lights @ night..honkong is trying to b LA of south asia...In that India though has all the stuffs but maintains its uniqueness...

    Allow me to let u introduce my country...Well we have the highest mountain picks on the north-east side...& sun sand dunes on the west side....Lovely beaches @ goa, kerela etc...forests @ western ghats with great no. of spp....Lovely Tea fields in the south...Mangroove forest @ mumbai,Tigers @ sunderban,khana etc...Lion @ gir...Cheetalh @kanha....In mumbai only we have more no. of butterfly than whole of the U.K...Then aquatic life @ sindhudurg, andaman.. Ohh I can go on & on...well a great traveler has said, "If u want to see India properly u got to spend at least 6 months..."
    Of course i have not even talked about the festivals (Holi, Diwali etc) & palaces (Umed bhavan, Hawa mahal etc) & all....saving it for some other time.... I tried to give a sneak peek...
    & yes..I adore...europe & paris...They r just awesomely beautiful...I got nothing against europe or paris...any country for that matter...I would like to explore them all....they all would have many things to offer..
    See you...



    I appreciate your great description about your country & certainely will come to visit as soon as my husband & I will be able to take a 6 months break !

    It's in french but please, tell me what you think about these places :
    Des parcs exceptionnels : le parc de Corbett : lieu de naissance du "Tiger Project", le parc de Kaziranga où résident les derniers rhinocéros indiens unicornes, et le parc de de Gir, dernier refuge du Lion d'Asie."


    Let's keep in touch, even if work & life may autorize me to answer with some delays sometimes ???

    Tell me more about you, where you live, what you do & want to do ...
    INDE - VIE SAUVAGE - Voyage en Inde
    Jour 2 Delhi - Jabalpur Matinée ...

    Hope you people understood what I wanna say...

    "Proud to be an Indian"

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    Intresting Buildings


    Rashtrapati Bhavan - India's Presidents Home

    White House - Washington, D.C. - U.S. Presidents home.

    Opera House - Sydeny

    Pyramids - Egypt

    Buildings around us

    lighthouse-This is a lighthouse. Lighthouses send a bright light out to sea to help sailors see their way in the dark.


    Some intresting bulidngs

    hut-This house is made from wood and has a straw roof. It is a traditional Native American Indian hut. It is built on stilts high above the ground.

    Elephant Building

    sanfrancisco-These houses are called the ‘Painted Ladies’ because of their colours. They are in San Francisco in America.


    barcelona-This building is called ‘La Pedrera’ and was designed by one of Spain’s most famous architects. It is in Barcelona in Spain.