The April holidays are almost here, and
you may have made plans to travel to your home-town to meet your loved
ones. Yes, the Avurudu season has already begun! Shops and markets are
loaded with Avurudu items and your parents too must be busy preparing
for the celebration.
You can make this holiday your most creative, and enjoy it at the same
time. You can make little gifts for your parents and grandparents.
Sinhala/Hindu New Year is the time to meet relatives, friends and
neighbours and express your gratitude and love with gifts. Sharing and
caring in a special way on the festive day is what everybody expects and
so you children make it a point to do it this year. Little gifts made by
you, a lovely poem for your grandparents will make them happy and also
proud of you. Itís also time to remember the poor people, their children
who basically have nothing. Share whatever you have with them. You can
give away things which can still be be used, but which you no longer
use. It may be clothes, shoes, stationery, toys, etc. It would be a
great gift for someone less fortunate at this time!
Do things differently, so that you will remember this New Year always!
Think quest: Astronomy
1. Why do stars twinkle?
Stars twinkle because the star light comes down to the earth through
different layers of air.
2. Will the Universe ever end? (In terms of time)
The Universe could end because it started expanding billions of years
ago and in the future it could start shrinking. However, no one really
knows for sure.
3. Can you travel to the end of the Universe, does it ever end? (In
terms of space)
Some say that the Universe is expanding close to the speed of light so
you would have to travel faster than it is now possible in order to
catch up to the end. So at the current time the answer is no.
4. How many stars can you see on a clear night?
Around 3,000 stars with your naked-eye.
5. Which planets can we see without a telescope?
Venus and Jupiter.
6. Why does the moon shine?
The sunís light reflects off of the moonís surface.
7. Does life exist on Mars?
Scientists thought that they had found life on Mars, but now theyíre not
sure. Scientists are still looking for life on Mars.
Grade 3, St. Peterís College,
Grade 5 C,
St. Marys Convent,