Students read an extract of Esio Trot by Roald Dahl (pp.21–25). They do a reading comprehension and vocabulary exercise. Then they focus on the use of the imperative and adverb. After that they do some activities about describing and looking after animals, and a game of encoding and decoding messages written in a secret language.
Mr. Hoppy has fallen in love with Mrs. Silver, a widow who lives downstairs. But she cares only about her pet tortoise Alfie. One day, she tells Mr. Hoppy she would be happy to see it grow bigger. He comes up with a magic plan to make it grow faster, and in the end makes Mrs. Silver his wife too.
Participate in discussions
Participate in a game
Generic Skills and Attitudes
Student are able
To understand the text and vocabulary of the extract.
To practise the use of the imperative and adverb.
To raise awareness about how to look after animals.
To learn describe animals and looking after them.
To use language in a fun way by writing secret messages.
Names of parts of animals
Describing animals and physical features of animals
For Practice 2, elicit from students some ideas as examples. For weaker students, tell them to work in pairs or groups.
Ask students to deduce the form of an adverb from the first task.
Explain how to change adjectives into adverbs, and the exceptions.
If time allows, play a game Adverb Charade: a student mime an action in a certain manner (e.g. row a boat angrily) for other students to guess.
Activity: describing animals
Show some flashcards of animals to students, and ask them for adjectives to describe them.
Ask students about the different body parts of the animals.
Go over the vocabulary lists and explain unfamiliar words.
For the draw and describe game, start off with a demonstration: prepare a drawing of an imaginary animal of your own, and describe it for students to draw.
Game: secret messages
Tell students to write a few more secret messages in “tortoise language” for their classmates to decode. Tell them not to make the secret language too complicated or difficult to decode.
Give some help to weaker students, and tell them to work in pairs or groups.
Suggested ways of writing secret messages:
Use the letters that come before or after the original letters.
Write letters upside down, or as mirror images.
Replace certain letters with other letters.
Leave out certain letters.
This game can be held as a competition. In groups, students write a secret message. Collect them and put them on the notice board. Students try to decode as many of them as possible in a given time. The group with the most correct answers is the winners.