NCERT Solutions for Class 5 English Chapter 3

NCERT Solutions for Class 5 English Chapter 3 My Shadow and Robinson Crusoe Discovers a footprint Marigold Textbook issued by NCERT following the latest CBSE Syllabus 2021-2022. All the questions related to 5th English Chapter 3 are given here with complete explanation.

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Class 5 English Chapter 3 My Shadow – Summary

This is a fun poem, Children are often spotted playing with the shadows make creative things like ducks, dogs with their shadow. The poet (Robert Louis Stevenson) shares his childhood thoughts that sometimes he is ahead of him, sometimes here sometimes there, he is exactly like him from head to heel. His shadow goes to the bed before him and the poet found it funny how his shadows grow up so fast while he still remains the same and sometimes shrinks so small.

He compares it with rubber call bounce. One day the poet woke up early to see buttercup flowers before the sun and he thought his shadow was still sleeping as he couldn’t see him but the truth is shadow is only where the light is. If it is dark there won’t be any shadow.
The poet very creatively explained how he enjoyed with the shadow alone also encourages children to go creative with it.

New Word Meaning

India Rubber ballSmall bouncing ball, Crazy ball
ButtercupSmall yellow flowers
Dew Mist, water drops

Let’s read:

Who do you think your shadow looks like?

I think my shadow looks exactly like me.

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

The shadow is not a physical thing and it appears faster than light. It is because of that my shadow jumps in bed before I can.

What time of the day do you think it is when your shadow is the tallest? Why? (a) Morning (b) Afternoon (c) Night

(a) Our shadow is tallest in the morning. It is because the sun rays are slanting at the time of sunrise.

Read the lines from the poem and answer the following:

Who does he refer to?

He refers to the shadow.

Who does me refer to?

me refers to the poet.

Why are he and me alike?

He and me are alike because they look exactly like each other.

Let’s talk:

Work in pairs and discuss the following:

What would you do if a dog chases you?

If a dog chases me, I would not run and instead walk slowly.

You have forgotten your homework copy at home?

If I would have forgotten my homework copy at home, I would apologize to my class teacher about it.

you are alone in a room and the lights go out?

If I am alone in my room and light go out, I would light a candle.

Let’s write:

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

Where is the child ________ parents have come to school? (who/whose/which)


I saw many houses ________ were quite spacious. (which/whose/who).


Mathematics, ________ is my favourite subject, is so interesting. (who/which/that)


The poem ________ you read out, is so lovely. (whose/which/that)


I know the street ________ he lives on. (whose/that/which)


I like reading books ________ have pictures in it. (that/who/which)


The old lady _______________ I met in your house is my neighbour. (whom / that/which)


Complete this description by answering the questions below:

What do you think is the name of the dog?

The name of the dog is Foxy.

Why is she called that?

Because she looks like a fox.

What colour is she?


Do you think she is friendly?

Yes, she loves all family members.

What does she like to eat?

she likes to eat meat, milk, bread etc.

Write a few lines on Mithoo and his little dog named Shadow.

Mithoo is a handsome boy. He is nine-year-old. Mithoo has a cute dog named Shadow. Mithoo likes to call him Shadow as he always follows Mithoo whenever he goes outside. He is brown in colour. He is very friendly and loves his neighbours. He always enjoys eating chicken and left over bones.

Discovers a footprint

Let’s Read:

What made Robinson Crusoe think that the print on the ground was a footprint?

The footprint was exactly the print of a foot with toes, heel and every part of foot. This made Robinson Crusoe think that the print on the ground was a footprint.

Why was Robinson afraid when he looked at the bushes and trees?

Robinson was afraid to look at the bushes and trees because he mistook every bush and tree as a man.

Why did Robinson pray when he saw the footprint?

When robinson saw the footprint, he got very scrared and started praying for his protection.

Choose the Correct Answer.

Robinson ran back to his home, as fast as he could because he: (a) was racing. (b) was afraid. (c) was in a hurry to go home.

(b) was afraid

He could not sleep because (a) there was an animal outside his cave. (b) he thought savages had come from the mainland. (c) his bed was uncomfortable.

(b) he thought savage had come from the mainland.

Why was Robinson Crusoe sure that it was not his footprint? (a) It didn’t look like a human footprint. (b) It looked smaller than his. (c) He had not come to this part of the beach in a long time.

(c) he had not come to this part of the beach in a long time.

Where was Robinson Crusoe? (a) On a boat. (b) In a town. (c) Alone on an island. (d) On an airplane.

(c) on an airplane.

Let’s Talk:

How would you feel if you saw unknown footprints outside your front door?

I would feel very excited to see unknown footprints outside my front door. I have told my elder brother about it and then started finding some clue about it.

If you were alone at home and suddenly someone knocked at your door, what would you do?

If someone suddenly knocked my door when I were alone at home, first I will ask who is on the door if there is known person then only I will open door.

Let’s Write:

alone was not Robinson an island on

Robinson was not alone on an island.

was island the inhabited

The island was inhabited.

footprint to someone this belonged

This footprint belongs to someone.

I around me looked

I looked around me.

I went the towards footprint large

I went towards the large footprint.

was afraid I now

now, I was afraid.

Fill in the blanks with the correct word (and, but, because, so)

I was frightened ___________ curious.


I decided to go to the beach ___________ I went along the water’s edge.


I ran as fast as I could ___________ I was frightened.


I was very tired ___________ confused.


Write a story on strange footprints:

Where did you see the footprints?
What sort of a day was it?
Did you see them at night?
What happened when you followed the footprints?
What did you see?
What happened then?

we went Kajiranga national park for family vacation. One night when we were sleeping in our tent I heard a strange sound outside the tent. It was a dark night. I looked my torch and went outside without informing anyone. After looking around, I saw strange footprints on muddy ground. They were large footprints. I was completely amazed to see the extraordinary footprints. I kept on following the footprints came far from my tent after following them. After some time I saw a big rhino, without making any noise I came back my tent. Next day I told all matter to other member.

Use the joining words given below and join the sentences: (or, and, so, but, because)

(a) I can sing well. (b) I can’t dance at all.

I can sing well but I can’t dance at all.

(c) She wore a raincoat. (d) It was raining.

she wore a raincoat because it was raining.

We may go to Shimla. (f) we may go to Darjeeling.

we may go to Shimla or we may go to Darjeeling.

He wanted a book for his birthday. (h) He wanted a football for his birthday.

he wanted a book and football for his birthday.

I wrote the letter. (l) forgot to post it.

I wrote the letter but forgot to post it.

Let’s Talk:

Hunter1: “look at the footprint on the mud.”
Hunter2: this does not look like human footprints.
Haunter1: of course! This look like giant elephant’s footprint.
Hunter2: But, how is it possible? There is not a single elephant in this jungle.