Current Affairs 6th Class

Living organisms and their surroundings   Synopsis    
  • The surroundings or place where organisms live is called habitat. Living organisms depend on habitat for their food, water, air, shelter and other needs.
  • The habitats of the plants and animals that live on land are called terrestrial habitat.
  • The habitats of plant and animals that live in water are called aquatic habitat.
  • The plants which grow in deserts or in very dry places where there is scarcity of water are cactus, agave, asparagus.
  • The habitat of animals that live in air for most of the time are called aerial animals e.g., birds.
  • The presence of specific features in the body which enable a plant or animal to live or survive is called adaptation, e.g., camel's hump
  • Change in the position from one place to another is called movement or locomotion.
  • The process in which digested food combines with oxygen to release energy is called respiration.
  • The process of removal of waste substances from the body of living beings is called excretion.
  • Things which exhibit some characteristics such as need for food, respiration, response to stimuli, movement, growth, and reproduction are called living things.
  • An increase in size, height and width is referred to as growth. Growth seems to be common to all living things. For example, a chicken hatched from an egg grows into a hen or cock.
  • Changes in body or other organisms caused due to surroundings that makes us or other organisms respond to them, are called stimuli.
  • Reproduction is the process by which living things produce more of their own kind.
  • Plants, animals and microorganisms together constitute biotic components. Soil, rock, water, light and temperature are some of the abiotic components of our surroundings.
  • The plants which grow in water are called hydrophytes, e.g., hydrilla, vallisneria, pistia, otus.
  • The plants that grow in moderate conditions of temperature, are called mesophytes.

Garbage and their Disposal   Synopsis  
  • Discarded rubbish, refuse, domestic waste, used plastic items and wrapping materials are called garbage.
  • The wastes which can be broken down to harmless or non-poisonous substances by the action of microorganisms are called biodegradable wastes.
e.g.. Kitchen waste, waste from plants and animals.  
  • The wastes which cannot be broken down by microorganisms are called non- biodegradable wastes.
e.g., plastics, glass, objects, metal articles, etc.  
  • Landfill is an area where garbage collected from a city or town is dumped.
  • The manure obtained by rotting of plants, animals and waste from kitchen is called compost.
  • The method of making compost from kitchen garbage using red worms is called vermi composting.
  • Giving a treatment to waste to make it fit to use again is called recycling.
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are the 3R's of keeping the environment clean. Recycling of wastes saves precious resources and makes our environment clean.
  • In villages, animal excreta and farm waste are used to produce gobar gas or biogas, which can be used as a fuel to produce electricity.
  • Proper sanitation is a must for healthy living. Waste should be disposed of scientifically in landfills and compost pits. Methods adopted for disposal of wastes and thus maintaining proper sanitation are by dumping, composting and using sewage treatment plants.

                                                                         Food   Food Food is a substance eaten by the living organisms in order to remain alive. Fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, milk, etc. are the examples of food.   Sources of Food Plants: Foods like cereals, pulses, fruits, vegetables, etc. are obtained from the plants. Animals: Food like meat, milk, eggs, honey, etc. are obtained from animals.   Producers and Consumers All living organisms has been broadly classified into two groups: producers and consumers.   Producers: All the green plants make their own food, therefore, green plants are called producers.                                               Consumers: Animals consume the food prepared by green plants, therefore, animals are called consumers.   Types of Consumers Consumers have been classified in the following groups on the basis of their food habits:   Herbivores The animals that eat only plants or plant products, are called herbivores. Cow, buffalo, goat, elephant, horse, rabbit, camel, etc. are the examples of herbivores animals.   Carnivores The animals that eat only other animals are called carnivores. Tiger, lion, cheetah, wolf, snake, etc. are the examples of carnivores animals. Omnivores The animals that eat both plants and animals are called omnivores. Man, bear, dog, crow etc. are the examples of omnivores animals.     Scavengers The animals that eat dead and decaying bodies of other animals are called scavengers. Vulture, hyena, etc. are the examples of scavengers.     Decomposers These are organisms such as bacteria and fungi that break down the dead remains of plants and animals.     Parasites The animals that live in or on the other animals for their survival are called parasites. For example, mosquitoes, flees, leeches, etc.     Components of Food The food that we eat is composed of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, and roughage.     Functions and Sources of different components of food are given below:   more...
                                                                Fibre to Fabric   Fibre to Fabric We use clothes for making variety of things like shirts, pants, skirts, sarees, uniforms, bed sheets, blankets, curtains, table cloths, towels, school bags, gunny bags, etc. So clothes are very important for us. In this chapter we will study about different types of fibres.   Clothes: Clothes are fabrics which are made up of yarns and in turn yarns are made up of fibres.   Fibres: Fibres are very thin, thread-like strand from which clothes are made up of.   Yarns: Yarns are made up of fibres. Fibres are turned into long twisted thread by the process of spinning called yarns.   Fabrics: Yarns are woven together to make fabrics. Then fabrics are used to prepare different types of clothes like shirts, pants, bags, etc.   Types of Fibres There are two types of fibres: natural fibres and synthetic fibres.   Natural Fibres The fibres which are obtained from natural sources are called natural fibres. Cotton, wool, silk, flax, and jute are the examples of natural fibres.   Cotton We obtain cotton fibres from cotton plants. Seeds of cotton plants are covered with white, soft cotton fibres. Cotton fibres are separated from seeds by hands or machines. The preparation of clothes or fabrics from cotton wools or cotton fibres involves mainly three processes which are as follows:   Ginning: The process of separating cotton wool from the cotton seeds is called ginning.   Spinning: The cotton fibres from cotton wool are drawn out and twisted to make yarns. This process is called spinning.   Weaving: In the process of weaving two distinct sets of yarns are interlaced at right angles to form a cloth. Cotton is mainly used to make clothes as it is soft and comfortable to wear. Cotton clothes let air in and can absorb sweat, therefore, very useful specially in hot and humid weather.   Wool Wool fibres are obtained from the hair of animals like sheep, goat, rabbit, yak and camel. Wool is cut off from the sheep with a thin layer of skin. The process is known as shearing. After shearing the wool is sent to the mills. Where it is cleaned, combed and spun to make fibre. This fibre is then woven or knitted to make wool clothes. Wool is used for knitting sweaters, shawls and other wool clothes. Wool is a fluffy material and can retain air inside it, therefore, woolen clothes are very useful in winter season.   Silk Silk fibres are obtained from silk worms. Caterpillars of silkworms cover themself from silk fibres called cocoon. The cocoon is boiled in water to separate the silk fibres from the silkworms. The process is known as reeling. Further the obtained silk fibres twisted to obtain silk yarns then silk yarns are woven to make silk clothes. The rearing of silkworm for the production of silk fibres is called sericulture.   Jute Jute fibres are obtained from more...

                                                Grouping Materials and their Separation   Sorting Materials into Groups All the objects that we see around us are made up of matter called materials. Like, animals, insects, birds, plants, trees, houses, machines, tools, tables, chairs, clothes, etc. are objects which are made up of matter. To understand the process of classification, first we have to know the basis of classification.   Basis of Classification The characteristics or properties, which are taken as the base for the classification of given objects, are called basis of classification. There are a number of characteristics which are taken as the basis for classification. Like 'living and non-living', 'natural and artificial’, 'solid, liquid and gas', ' shape', 'colour', etc. Note: You can also classify the materials by selecting the characteristics as per your own choice.   Properties of Matter Now let us understand some properties of matter.   Appearance Some objects have shiny appearance called lustre whereas some materials have dull appearance. For example, gold, silver, copper have shiny appearance whereas paper, wood, rubber have dull appearance.   Hardness and Softness The materials can be classified on the basis of hardness and softness. Candle, wax, rubber are the examples of soft materials whereas iron, diamond, glass are the examples of hard materials.   Solubility Some materials are soluble in water whereas others are not. Sugar, common salt, washing soda, lemon juice are soluble in water whereas glass, plastic, iron, mustard oil, coconut oil are not soluble in water.   Density Density is the mass per unit volume of a substance. The substances which sink in the water have higher density than water and the substances which float on the water have lower density than water. Substances like iron, copper, aluminium, silver, gold and glass have higher density than water whereas wood, plastic, ice, oil and petrol have lower density than water.   Transparency All the materials have been classified into three groups on the basis of transparency.
  • Transparent: The materials through which light can pass are called transparent materials. For example, glass, water, air, alcohol, etc.
  • Translucent: The materials through which light can pass partially are called translucent materials. For example. Butter paper, ground-glass, muddy water, etc.
  • Opaque: The materials through which light cannot pass are called opaque materials.
For example, metals, stones, books, woods, etc.   Pure Substances The substances which are made up of only one kind of atoms or molecules are called pure substances. For example gold, silver, copper, etc.   Mixture When two or more than two different substances are mixed up together a mixture is formed. For example, air is a mixture of many gases like nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and some other gases.   Constituents of a Mixture The different substances which are present in a mixture are called constituents of the mixture. For example, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and many other gases which are present in the air are constituents of air.

                                                    Changes Around Us   Changes Around Us We observe changes around us all the time. Changes may occur in shape, size, mass, density, colour, position, temperature, structure or in composition of a substance. So we can define a change as: ‘Transformation in one or more than one physical or chemical properties of a substance is called change’.   Types of Changes Types of changes on the basis of either the changes can be reversed to bring back the original substance or not:   Reversible Change A change which can be reversed to form the 'original substance' is called reversible change. For example, melting of ice, freezing of water, dissolution of salt in water, increase in temperature of a metal rod, etc.   Irreversible Changes A change which cannot be reversed to form the 'original substance' called irreversible change. For example, burning of wood, ripening of fruit, turning milk sour, etc. Types of changes on the basis of either a new substance is formed or not:   Physical Change The change, in which molecules of a substance do not undergo any change or no new substances are formed, are called physical changes. For example, melting of ice, freezing of water, evaporation of water, dissolution of salt in water.   Chemical Change The change, in which molecules of substance undergo change or new substances are formed, are called chemical changes. For example, burning of paper, rusting of iron, spoliation of food, etc. Types of changes on the basis of heat absorbed or evolved:   Exothermic The change in which heat is released. For example, burning of wood.   Endothermic The change in which heat is absorbed. For example, melting of ice.  

                                                                 Living Organisms and their Habitats   Plants There are a large number of plants in our surroundings. Plants are living things which can make their own food. They are vital for the survival of animals including us. Let's study about the plants in some detail.   Classification of Plants on the Basis of Bearing Flowers All the plants has been divided into two groups on the basis that either they bear flowers or not.   Flowering Plants: The plants, which bear flowers, are called flowering plants. For example, rose, mango, sunflower, grass, lemon, tulsi, peepal, etc.   Non-Flowering Plants: The plants, which do not bear flowers, are called non-flowering plants. For example, ferns, mosses, algae, fungi, etc.   Classification of Plants on the Basis of Size, Nature of Stem and Life-span   Herbs Herbs are small plants which have a soft and delicate stem. They have short life-span. They live for only one or two season. For example, grass, tomato, wheat, paddy, cabbage, etc. Banana plant is a herb.   Shrubs Shrubs are medium sized plants which have hard but not very thick stem. Their life-span is for many years but less than that of trees. For example, rose, lemon, jasmine, etc.   Trees Trees are tall and big plants which have hard brown thick stem. Their life-span is for many years. For example, mango, neem, palm, coconut, etc.   Climbers Climber plants have long, thin and weak stem so they cannot stand upright. They climb up with the help of a support. For example, pea plants, grape vine, glory lily, jasmine, etc.   Creepers Creeper plants also have long, thin, and weak stem. Creeper plants do not have special organ for climbing up so they spread out on the ground. For example, strawberry, pumpkin, cucumber, etc.   Parts of a Plant Root, stem, leaves, flowers and fruits are the main parts of plants.   Root This part of a plant grows below the ground. Root fixes the plant firmly to the soil. It also absorbs water and minerals from the soil which are essential for the photosynthesis.   Types of Roots There are mainly two types of roots: tap root and fibrous root.   Tap root: It consists of a main root called tap root from which a number of branching roots arise called lateral roots. For example, mango, radish, mustard, etc.                            Fibrous root: It consists of many thin, fibre-like roots arising from the base of the stem. For example, grass, wheat, paddy, maize, etc.                                     Stem It grows vertically up from the ground.   Functions of Stem:
  • It holds the plants upright.
  • It bears more...

  Body Movements   Body Movements When we move our body parts like mouth, head, arms, hands and fingers, etc, then our body may remain at the same place. But when we walk by using legs, then we move our whole body from one place to another. The ability of a human being to move its body from one place to another, is called locomotion.   The Skeletal System The human skeleton or skeletal system is made up of 206 bones. A baby has 300 bones in all. But as it grows, some of the bones fuse together or join. Before we learn more about bones and the joints and where they are joined together, let us take a look at the functions of the skeletal system.   Functions The bones of our body act as a framework or give a shape to our body. Without bones, our body could be a shapeless mass, say like the body of a snail. It is the movement of the bones that helps us bend, run, walk and so on.   The Skull Twenty-two bones make up the skull. These are the hardest of all the bones in the body. Some of these form the cranium, or the cover for the brain. All the bones of the skull except the one forming the lower jaw are fixed firmly, and cannot move. Only the bone of the lower jaw is capable of movement, which helps us to eat and speak.     Most of the bones of the skull are fixed. Only the lower jaw can move.   The Spine The spine also called the vertebral column or backbone, the spine consists of 33 small bones known as vertebrae (singular: vertebra). The vertebrae are hollow at the centre and are joined together to form a tube, through which runs the spinal cord. One of the functions of the vertebral column is to protect the spinal cord. The other functions are to hold the body up and help us bend forward, backward, sideways and twist from the waist.   The Ribcage Running through the centre of the chest is the breastbone or sternum. Joined to it are 10 pairs of strong, flexible bones called ribs. The ribs curve around and join the chest vertebrae at the back, to form a protective cover for the lungs and heart, called the ribcage. Another two pairs of ribs are joined only to the backbone. These are called floating ribs. The ribs are attached to the sternum in such a way as to allow the ribcage to expand when we inhale, or breathe in and contract when we exhale, or breathe out.   The Shoulder Bones In shoulder bone each collar bone (clavicle) is attached to a shoulder blade (scapula) and to the breastbone.   Shoulder Bones   The Bones of more...

  Motion and Measurement of Distance   Physical Quantities The quantities like length, mass, time etc. that can be measured are called physical quantities.   Measurement: It is the comparison of an unknown quantity with a certain fixed quantity of the same kind.   Unit of Measurement: A unit of measurement is a definite magnitude of a physical quantity. For example metre, centimetre, kilometre etc are units of length.   Standard Unit: For the sake of uniformity, scientists all over the world have accepted a system of units called Sl System. In the SI the System
  • The unit of length is metre (m).
  • The unit of mass is kilogram (kg).
  • The unit of time is second (s).
  • Other system used are FPS, CGS and MKS.
  Multiples and Submultiples of Units Length 1 centimetre (cm) = 10 millimetres 1 decimetre (dm) = 10 centimetres = 100 mm 1 metre (m) = 100 centimetres 1 metre (m) = 1000 millimetres 1 kilometre (km) = 1000 metres   Mass 1 gram (g) = 1000 milligrams 1 kilogram (kg) = 1000 grams 1 kilogram (kg) = 1000000 milligrams 1 quintal = 100 kilograms 1 metric ton = 1000 kilograms   Time 1 minute = 60 seconds 1 hour = 60 minutes 1 day= 24 hours 1 year=365 days 1 century= 100 years 1 millennium = 1000 years   Motion If an object changes its position with respect to time, the body is said to be in motion. If an object does not change its position with respect to time, the object is said to be at rest.   Types of Motion There are different types of motions. Let us know about them.   Rectilinear Motion: Motion in a straight path. For example, car moving on straight road.   Circular Motion: Motion in a circular path. For example, toy train moving on a circular path.   Periodic Motion: The motion which repeats itself after a regular interval of time. For example, motion of hands of clock.       Rotational Motion: Spinning of an object about a fixed axis. For example, motion giant wheel and rotation of earth.        

  Light, Shadow and Reflection   Light Light is a form of energy visible to the human eye that is radiated by moving charged particles. Speed of light in air is about\[3\times {{10}^{8}}m\text{/}s\].   Ray: It is a very narrow and straight path of light.   Beam: It is broader and consists of several rays.   Sources of Light The objects which give out light are called sources of light. Sun, star, bulb, torch, candle, lantern, lamp, etc. are the sources of light.   Luminous and Non-luminous Objects The objects which produce their own light are called luminous objects. Sun, stars, bulb, torch, candle, lantern, lamp etc. are luminous objects. The objects which do not produce light on their own are called non-luminous objects. Table, fan, book, chair, etc. are non-luminous objects.   Transparent, Translucent and Opaque Objects Transparent Objects: The objects which allow light to pass through them. For example glass, water, air, etc.   Translucent Objects: The objects which allow light to pass through them partially. For example, oiled paper, tissue paper, muddy water, ground glass, etc.   Opaque Objects: The objects which do not allow light to pass through them. For example, wall, blackboard, metal sheet, etc.   Shadow If an object is placed in front of a source of light, the object cast its shade which is known as shadow. All the opaque objects produce their shadow on the opposite side to the source of light. The shape of shadow depends on the followings:
  • Shape of the object
  • Size of the source of light
  • Position of the source of light
  Reflection of Light When a ray of light falls on the surface of a mirror, they are sent back. This phenomenon is known as reflection of light.       (r=angle of reflection) = (i=angle of incidence) The ray which falls on the surface of a mirror is called an incident ray. The ray which is sent back after reflection is called reflected ray.   Spherical Mirrors A spherical mirror is a mirror which has the shape of a piece cut out of a spherical surface. There are two types of spherical mirrors: concave and convex.     Reflecting surface of a concave mirror bulges inward whereas reflecting surface of a convex mirror bulges outward.   Images Real Image The images which are inverted and can be taken on the screen are called real images   Virtual Image The images which are erect and cannot be taken on the screen are called virtual images.    

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