NCERT Solutions for Class 5 English chapter 5 My Shadow
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NCERT Solutions for Class-5 Chapter-5 Poem: My Shadow


My shadow is a poem written by Robert Louis Stevenson. The narrator in the poem describes his shadow as if it were his friend. The shadow goes out with him and follows him around. Even when he jumps in bed, his shadow jumps with him. Although the narrator in the poem notices that the shadow doesn’t grow like children do, it sometimes grows big and sometimes shrinks in size. Its size changes depending on the time of the day.


The NCERT textbook Marigold questions are answered in a simple and engaging manner. We also have related ‘Learning Concepts’, and interactive worksheets with solutions. Our ‘Learning Beyond’ segment caters to all the probable questions that the child might think out of curiosity.

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Questions and Answers

Chapter 5: My Shadow

Let’s Read

Question 1 : Who do you think your shadow looks like?

Answer : I think my shadow looks like me.


Question 2 : Why do you think your shadow jumps into bed before you can?

Answer : My shadow jumps into bed before me because if the light is behind me, my shadow is ahead of me.


Question 3 : What time of the day do you think when your shadow is the tallest? Why?

Answer : My shadow is the tallest in the morning due to the slanting rays of the Sun.


Question 4(i) : Read the lines from the poem and answer the following.
He is very like me.
From the heels up to the head!
Who does he refer to?

Answer : He refers to the shadow.


Question 4(ii) : Who does me refer to?

Answer : ‘Me’ refers to the poet/speaker in the poem.


Question 4(iii) : Why are he and me alike?

Answer : He and me are alike because he is the shadow of me.


Let’s Talk

Question 1: Work in pairs and discuss the following. What would you do if
(a) A dog chases you?

Answer : I would stay quiet and not show any panic.
(Note: You can write your answer for the above question)


Question 2: (b) You have forgotten your homework copy at home?

Answer : I’ll confess the truth and seek an apology from the teacher.
(Note: You can write your answer for the above question)


Question 3: (c) You are alone in a room and the lights go out?

Answer : I will try to search for a torch or something that has light like a mobile phone until the power comes back.


Fun Time

Question :

  • Shine a torch behind your hand and see its shadow on the wall.
  • Move the torch a little away from your hand and see the shadow on the wall.
Do you find a difference in the size of the hand on the wall?

Answer : Yes, there is a difference. The size of the hand increases when I move the torch away from the hand and vice versa.


Let’s Write

Fill in the blanks using one of the words given in the brackets.

Question 1(i) : (i) Where is the child ____ parents have come to school? (who/whose/which)

Answer : Where is the child whose parents have come to school?


Question 1(ii) : I saw many houses _____ were quite spacious. (which/whose/who)

Answer : I saw many houses which were quite spacious.


Question 1(iii) : Mathematics _______ is my favourite subject, is so interesting. (who/which/that).

Answer : Mathematics which is my favourite subject, is so interesting


Question 1(iv) : The poem ____ you read out, is so lovely. (whose/which/that).

Answer : The poem that you read out, is so lovely


Question 1(v) : I know the street _____ he lives on. (whose/that/which)

Answer : I know the street that he lives on


Question 1(vi) : I like reading books ______ have pictures in it. (that/who/which)

Answer : I like reading books that have pictures in it


Question 1(vii) : The old lady_____ I met in your house is my neighbour. (whom/that/which)

Answer : The old lady whom I met in your house is my neighbour.


Question 2 : Complete this description by answering the questions below.
(a) What do you think is the name of the dog?
(b) Why is she called that?
(c) What colour is she?
(d) Do you think she is friendly.
(e) What does she like to eat?
Write a few line on Mithoo and his little dog named Shadow

Answer : (i) Mithoo has a friendly white dog.
(ii) She is called Shadow because she follows Mithoo wherever she goes like a shadow.
(iii) She is of grey colour.
(iv) Yes, she is a friendly dog.
(v) Shadow is fond of chicken bones. She also likes to eat dog biscuits


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