Children who discovered the grasshopper in the park
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The lesson ‘A chat with a grasshopper’ is about school students visiting a park. The lesson is an imaginary conversation between the students and the Grasshopper. The conversation helps the students to know everything about grasshoppers.
The children have an imaginary conversation with the grasshopper
The students of class VI visit a park with their class teacher. While they are playing and having fun at the park, Roshan, Teena, Rani, and Ani see a green insect on the stem of a tree. They slowly approach the insect and introduce themselves. They have an imaginary conversation with the insect.
Ramya requests the insect to introduce itself. The insect replies that its name is Hoppi and it is a summer singer and it has several, legs and eyes. It thinks of itself as a farmer’s friend and asks the students to guess what it is. Raju answers that it is a grasshopper (in Kannada). Rani asks Hoppi where can they find it. It tells them that it lives in different places and almost everywhere.
The varieties of grasshopper
There are 11,000 to 18,000 varieties of grasshoppers in the world. Then Raju wonders how it can fly. The grasshopper tells them that it flies on its two sets of wings, Ramya tells the grasshopper that human beings have two legs to walk jump, and run and asks Hoppi how many legs it has.
Hoppi replies that it has three pairs of strong legs and that it can walk and jump like them. Rani is curious to know how Hoppi escapes from its enemies. Hoppi proudly tells them that nobody can catch it easily, because it has five eyes and a powerful antenna.
How grasshoppers defend themselves from enemies
The antenna helps Hoppi to sense danger and swiftly escape from enemies. Raju asks Hoppi, how many ears he has. Hoppi tells them he has no ears but his antenna helps him to pick up vibrations from the air and the ground and sense danger. The Ramya invites Hoppi to join them for lunch. But Hoppi politely declines their offer and says that he doesn’t eat idlies, dosa, rice, or chapathi but it can eat plants, wheat, oats, com, and barley. As it was getting late for the children to go home, they bid goodbye to Hoppi and leave the park hoping to meet him soon.
Grasshoppers are farmers’ friend that lives in different places. Grasshoppers comprise one of the oldest insect families on earth. The first grasshoppers probably appeared 250 million years ago during the Triassic period. Scientists know of at least 11,000 species of grasshopper, but they are certain there are more to be discovered. The largest grasshopper in the world is the hedge grasshopper. The species lives in Australia and can grow to 3.5 inches in length.