Answer these questions in pairs or small groups.
What are the names of these animals?
|It can walk.|
|It can swim.|
|It can dig.|
|It can fly.|
|It can laugh.|
|It can climb.|
|It can talk.|
|It can jump.|
|It can dive.|
|It can drive a car.|
Understanding The Headline
Look at today's article very quickly (do not read every word). Put the words of the headline of today's article in the correct order:
climb trees crocodiles can
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B: True or False?
Are these statements true (T) or false (F) according to today's article?
1. Dinets works at a university.
2. Researchers saw crocodiles climbing more than 20 feet high.
3. Crocodiles climb slowly.
4. Crocodiles make traps for birds.
5. Crocodiles often climb trees because they want to get warm.
C: Working With Unfamiliar Words
Today's article has some words that you probably don't know. However, you can use your understanding of the article and your knowledge of crocodiles to help you work out the meanings of these words. Practice with these words from today's article. Answer the questions about each word.
|1.||...larger crocodiles climb angled trunks and branches|
What kind of word is 'angled'? Is it a noun, a verb, an adjective or an adverb?
The word 'angled' here describes the way the tree trunks and branches are growing. We know that little crocodiles climb upwards. How do you think bigger crocodiles climb?
What do you think the word 'angled' means?
|2.||Eventually they get there.|
| What kind of word is 'eventually'? Is it a
noun, a verb, an adjective or an adverb? |
The word 'eventually' here talks about the time it takes for a crocodile to climb to a place. We know that the feet of crocodiles are not good for climbing and that crocodiles climb slowly.
What do you think the word 'eventually' means?
|3.||crocodiles use sticks and twigs to hunt ...|
| What kind of word is 'twig'? Is it a noun,
a verb, an adjective or an adverb? |
The word 'twig' is something that the crocodile uses for hunting. The crocodile also uses sticks. This suggests that sticks and twigs have similar meanings.
What do you think the word 'twig' means?
Check Your Understanding
Use today's article to answer these questions.
1. What animal did researchers study?
2. Where did the research take place?
3. What universities were the researchers from?
4. What does the article say about the feet of a crocodile?
5. What kind of trees do older crocodiles climb?
6. In what kind of land are crocodiles most likely to climb?
7. What do crocodiles use to trap birds?
8. The article suggests crocodiles are patient hunters. What words in the article show this?
You may do one or more of these
|float on her front?|
|jump into the water?|
|float on her back?|
|open her eyes under the water?|
A: Understanding The Headline - Notes
Students may try to make the question "Can crocodiles climb trees?" However, point out that there is no question mark in the headline. Therefore the headline is a statement, not a question.
A: Understanding The Headline - Answer
Crocodiles Can Climb Trees
B: True or False? - Answers
1. T, 2. F (they heard stories of crocodiles climbing more than 20 feet), 3. T, 4. T, 5. T.
C: Working With Unfamiliar Words - Notes
You may like to follow the same procedure with other words in today's article. Effective ones to use would be 'look-out', lunge, co-author and snouts. Students may even like to have a go at guessing the meaning of "Herpetology".
C: Working With Unfamiliar Words - Answers
1. angled - adjective (a participle used as an adjective),
They don't climb vertically, they climb up and sideways.
At a sideways slant.
2. eventually - adverb
after a long time
3. twigs - noun
a thin woody shoot growing from a tree branch
D: Check Your Understanding - Answers
1. crocodiles, 2. Australia, Africa and North America, 3. University of Tennessee, Charles Darwin University and University of Florida. 4. the toes and feet are not built for climbing, 5. trees with angled trunks and branches, 6. where there are few places for them to lie in the sun to warm themselves, 7. twigs which they hold in their snouts, 8. lie in wait for hours.
Language Extension - Answers
swim? - yes she can
float on her front? - yes she can
jump into the water? - yes she can
dive? - no she can't
float on her back? - no she can't
blow bubbles? - yes she can
open her eyes under the water? - no she can't
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