The Reading / Listening - Daytime Exercise - Level 6

Authorities in Paris have taken extra measures in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. They have banned people exercising outdoors during the day to try and stem the surge in the number of infections and deaths. No one will be allowed to exercise outside of their home between the hours of 10am and 7pm. The move is in reaction to greater numbers of people taking to the streets in recent good weather and flouting lockdown rules. There have been over 10,000 deaths in France, putting it in fourth place on the fatalities list behind Italy, Spain and the USA. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the new ruling would prevent further transmission of the virus and lead to a flattening of the curve.



Scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology explained that when people exercise, there is a greater spread of viral load in the air. They said that when a cyclist or jogger sneezes, coughs or even just exhales, the micro-particles linger longer in the air and spread farther than when someone is simply walking. This poses a danger to the person coming behind them who has to pass through a cloud of droplets. The scientists advised that people who exercise should be given a wider berth. They said walkers should get at least four metres, runners 10 metres and cyclists at least 20 metres. The message in France is similar to that throughout the world - stay at home and follow social distancing rules when outside.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Daytime Exercise - Level 4  or  Daytime Exercise - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/reports/a32071543/paris-ban-outdoor-exercise-daytime/
  • https://www.france24.com/en/20200407-paris-bans-daytime-jogging-as-virus-deaths-hit-new-high
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8196759/Paris-bans-outdoor-exercise-threatens-hit-joggers-120-fines-amid-coronavirus-lockdown.html


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Warm-ups

1. DAYTIME EXERCISE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about daytime exercise. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       authorities / measures / pandemic / exercising / outdoors / infections / weather / virus
       exercise / cyclist / walking / cloud / message / staying at home / social distancing
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NO EXERCISE: Students A strongly believe we should not exercise outdoors during lockdowns; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. EXERCISE RISKS: What are the risks of people doing these exercises? What can we do about these risks? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Risks

What We Can Do

Jogging

 

 

Cycling

 

 

Walking

 

 

Frisbee

 

 

Skateboarding

 

 

Exercises

 

 

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5. OUTDOORS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "outdoors". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. EXERCISE: Rank these with your partner. Put the best forms of exercise at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • running
  • shopping
  • gardening
  • swimming
  • walking
  • cycling
  • gym workouts
  • housework

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. authorities a. Stop a big problem from getting worse.
      2. measure b. People or organisations with the power or control in a particular area.
      3. contain c. Stop the spread or development of something bad.
      4. stem d. A sudden, large increase in something.
      5. surge e. A plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose.
      6. flouting f. The spreading and catching of a virus or disease.
      7. transmission g. Openly disregarding a rule or law.

    Paragraph 2

      8. load h. Breathes out.
      9. exhales i. A very small portion of a liquid.
      10. linger j. The total number or amount that can be carried in something.
      11. poses k. Stay in a place for longer than necessary.
      12. droplet l. Lots of distance.
      13. berth m. Presents or constitutes a problem, danger, or difficulty.
      14. follow n. Conform to instructions and rules.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said Paris authorities have taken extra COVID-19 measures.   T / F
  2. The authorities are desperately trying to surge the stem in infections.     T / F
  3. People in Paris cannot exercise for nine daytime hours.     T / F
  4. The mayor of Paris says she wants to flatten the curve.     T / F
  5. People who exercise put more of the virus in the air.     T / F
  6. A jogger who is breathing puts more of the virus in the air.     T / F
  7. A scientist said people should stay 20 metres away from cyclists.     T / F
  8. The message in France is different to that in other countries.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. authorities
  2. banned
  3. reaction
  4. fatalities
  5. transmission
  6. load
  7. exhales
  8. poses
  9. follow
  10. rules
  1. response
  2. regulations
  3. spread
  4. amount
  5. prohibited
  6. breathes out
  7. observe
  8. officials
  9. presents
  10. deaths

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Authorities in Paris have taken
  2. an attempt to contain
  3. stem the surge in the
  4. people taking to the streets
  5. lead to a flattening
  6. there is a greater spread of viral
  7. sneezes, coughs or even just
  8. This poses a
  9. be given a wider
  10. follow social distancing
  1. exhales
  2. number of infections
  3. berth
  4. of the curve
  5. danger to the person
  6. the COVID-19 pandemic
  7. rules
  8. load in the air
  9. extra measures
  10. in recent good weather

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
surge
flouting
curve
outdoors
transmission
measures
reaction
fatalities

Authorities in Paris have taken extra (1) ____________ in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. They have banned people exercising (2) ____________ during the day to try and stem the (3) ____________ in the number of infections and deaths. No one will be allowed to exercise outside of their home between the hours of 10am and 7pm. The move is in (4) ____________ to greater numbers of people taking to the streets in recent good weather and (5) ____________ lockdown rules. There have been over 10,000 deaths in France, putting it in fourth place on the (6) ____________ list behind Italy, Spain and the USA. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the new ruling would prevent further (7) ____________ of the virus and lead to a flattening of the (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
poses
similar
greater
exhales
rules
cloud
berth
viral

Scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology explained that when people exercise, there is a (9) ____________ spread of (10) ____________ load in the air. They said that when a cyclist or jogger sneezes, coughs or even just (11) ____________, the micro-particles linger longer in the air and spread farther than when someone is simply walking. This (12) ____________ a danger to the person coming behind them who has to pass through a (13) ____________ of droplets. The scientists advised that people who exercise should be given a wider (14) ____________. They said walkers should get at least four metres, runners 10 metres and cyclists at least 20 metres. The message in France is (15) ____________ to that throughout the world - stay at home and follow social distancing (16) ____________ when outside.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Authorities in Paris have taken extra measures in an attempt _____ COVID-19 pandemic
     a.  to content the
     b.  to con train the
     c.  to co-train the
     d.  to contain the
2)  banned people exercising outdoors during the day to try and ______
     a.  stem the surge
     b.  stem the purge
     c.  stem the urge
     d.  stem the dirge
3) numbers of people taking to the streets in recent good weather and ______
     a.  flout in lockdown rules
     b.  flout tin lockdown rules
     c.  flout thing lockdown rules
     d.  flouting lockdown rules
4)  There have been over 10,000 deaths in France, putting it in fourth place on ______
     a.  the fatal cities list
     b.  the fate abilities list
     c.  the fatalities list
     d.  the fate utilities list
5) ruling would prevent further transmission of the virus and lead to a flattening ______
     a.  of the cave
     b.  of the curve
     c.  of the curb
     d.  of the carve

6)  explained that when people exercise, there is a greater spread ______
     a.  of viral load
     b.  of rival load
     c.  of rebel load
     d.  of level load
7)  when a cyclist or jogger sneezes, coughs or ______
     a.  ever just exhales
     b.  even just inhales
     c.  even just exhales
     d.  ever just inhales
8) a danger to the person coming behind them who has to pass through a ______
     a.  cloud of dropped lets
     b.  cloudy of droplets
     c.  clouded of drop lets
     d.  cloud of droplets
9)  scientists advised that people who exercise should be given ______
     a.  a wider birth
     b.  a wider bath
     c.  a wider berth
     d.  a wider bathe
10)  stay at home and follow social distancing ______
     a.  rules what outside
     b.  rules which outside
     c.  rules where outside
     d.  rules when outside

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Authorities in Paris have taken (1) ___________________ an attempt to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. They have banned people exercising outdoors during the day to try and (2) ___________________ in the number of infections and deaths. No one will be allowed to exercise outside of their home between the hours of 10am and 7pm. The move is (3) ___________________ greater numbers of people taking to the streets in recent good weather (4) ___________________ rules. There have been over 10,000 deaths in France, putting it in fourth place on the fatalities list behind Italy, Spain and the USA. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the new (5) ___________________ further transmission of the virus and lead to a flattening (6) ___________________.

Scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology explained that when people exercise, there is a greater spread (7) ___________________ in the air. They said that when a cyclist or jogger (8) ___________________ even just exhales, the micro-particles linger longer in the air and spread farther than when someone is simply walking. This (9) ___________________ to the person coming behind them who has to pass through a (10) ___________________. The scientists advised that people who exercise should be given a wider berth. They said walkers should get at least four metres, runners 10 metres and (11) ___________________ 20 metres. The message in France is similar to that throughout the world - stay at home and follow (12) ___________________ when outside.

Comprehension questions

  1. What have authorities in Paris taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic?
  2. What do authorities in Paris want to stem?
  3. What are the hours that Parisians can exercise outside?
  4. What has caused greater numbers of Parisians to take to the streets?
  5. What does the mayor of Paris want to flatten?
  6. What did scientists say joggers do besides sneeze and cough?
  7. Who did the article say was in danger from joggers and cyclists?
  8. What does the article say cyclists and joggers should be given?
  9. How far should we stay away from cyclists?
  10. What did the article say we should follow?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What have authorities in Paris taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic?
a) advice
b) extreme precautions
c) extra measures
d) emergency action
2) What do authorities in Paris want to stem?
a) the surge in infections
b) flowers
c) the recent good weather
d) wine glasses
3) What are the hours that Parisians can exercise outside?
a) 7pm to 10am
b) 18 hours
c) from midnight to midday
d) 8pm to 9am
4) What has caused greater numbers of Parisians to take to the streets?
a) fake news
b) recent good weather
c) boredom
d) social distancing rules

5) What does the mayor of Paris want to flatten?
a) peoples' worries
b) joggers
c) paper
d) the curve

6) What did scientists say joggers do besides sneeze and cough?
a) sweat
b) exhale
c) perspire
d) fall over
7) Who did the article say was in danger from joggers and cyclists?
a) people coming behind them
b) children
c) old people
d) the emergency services
8) What does the article say cyclists and joggers should be given?
a) advice
b) safer shoes
c) a wider berth
d) a strong reprimand
9) How far should we stay away from cyclists?
a) at least 7.5 metres
b) at least 10 metres
c) at least 15 metres
d) at least 20 metres
10) What did the article say we should follow?
a) social distancing rules
b) joggers and cyclists
c) our intuition
d) friends

Role play

Role  A – Jogging
You think jogging is the best form of exercise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their exercise. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): shopping, housework or gardening.

Role  B – Shopping
You think shopping is the best form of exercise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their exercise. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): jogging, housework or gardening.

Role  C – Housework
You think housework is the best form of exercise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their exercise. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): shopping, jogging or gardening.

Role  D – Gardening
You think gardening is the best form of exercise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their exercise. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): shopping, housework or jogging.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'daytime'

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  • and 'exercise'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • extra
    • stem
    • allowed
    • recent
    • 10,000
    • curve
    • air
    • exhales
    • farther
    • danger
    • wider
    • follow




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Daytime Exercise

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'daytime'?
    3. What is your country doing to keep people safe?
    4. How safe do you feel?
    5. Are you getting enough exercise?
    6. How do you feel when you exercise outside?
    7. How much do you worry about other people who are outside?
    8. What do you think of people who flout the lockdown rules?
    9. How difficult is it to live in times of lockdown?
    10. What dies it mean to flatten the curve?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'exercise'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of the daytime exercise ban in Paris?
    5. What advice do you have for people in lockdown?
    6. How much do you worry when someone coughs or sneezes?
    7. Should joggers and cyclists keep a bigger distance?
    8. What do you think of the 20 metres distance for cyclists?
    9. What do you think of staying at home?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the leader of Paris?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Authorities in Paris have taken extra measures in an (1) ____ to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. They have banned people exercising outdoors during the day to try and (2) ____ the surge in the number of infections and deaths. No one will be allowed to exercise outside of their home between the (3) ____ of 10am and 7pm. The move is in reaction to greater numbers of people taking to the streets in recent good weather and (4) ____ lockdown rules. There have been over 10,000 deaths in France, putting it in fourth place on the (5) ____ list behind Italy, Spain and the USA. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the new ruling would prevent further transmission of the virus and lead to a flattening of the (6) ____.

    Scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology explained that when people exercise, there is a greater spread of viral (7) ____ in the air. They said that when a cyclist or jogger sneezes, coughs or even just (8) ____, the micro-particles linger longer in the air and spread farther than when someone is simply walking. This (9) ____ a danger to the person coming behind them who has to pass through a cloud of droplets. The scientists advised that people who exercise should be given a wider (10) ____. They said walkers should get at least four metres, runners 10 metres and cyclists at least 20 metres. The (11) ____ in France is similar to that throughout the world - stay at home and follow social (12) ____ rules when outside.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     tempting     (b)     attempt     (c)     affront     (d)     attentive    
    2. (a)     step     (b)     stem     (c)     stub     (d)     strip    
    3. (a)     hourly     (b)     hour     (c)     hour-long     (d)     hours    
    4. (a)     flowering     (b)     flouting     (c)     flooring     (d)     fleeing    
    5. (a)     actualities     (b)     fatalities     (c)     realities     (d)     deities    
    6. (a)     carve     (b)     curb     (c)     curve     (d)     crave    
    7. (a)     lead     (b)     lard     (c)     load     (d)     laid    
    8. (a)     inhales     (b)     whales     (c)     exhales     (d)     hales    
    9. (a)     appraises     (b)     appeases     (c)     posts     (d)     poses    
    10. (a)     berth     (b)     birth     (c)     bath     (d)     bathe    
    11. (a)     message     (b)     note     (c)     memo     (d)     Post-it    
    12. (a)     distanced     (b)     distances     (c)     distancing     (d)     distance

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  to that throughout the world - stay at home and follow social distancing rules when outside.
    (...)  and 7pm. The move is in reaction to greater numbers of people taking to the streets in recent good
    (...)  Scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology explained that when people exercise, there is a greater spread
    (...)  berth. They said walkers should get at least four metres, runners 10 metres and cyclists at least 20 metres. The message in France is similar
    (...)  droplets. The scientists advised that people who exercise should be given a wider
    (...)  place on the fatalities list behind Italy, Spain and the USA. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the new
    (...)  and deaths. No one will be allowed to exercise outside of their home between the hours of 10am
    (...)  weather and flouting lockdown rules. There have been over 10,000 deaths in France, putting it in fourth
    (...)  people exercising outdoors during the day to try and stem the surge in the number of infections
    1  )Authorities in Paris have taken extra measures in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. They have banned
    (...)  exhales, the micro-particles linger longer in the air and spread farther than when someone is simply
    (...)  of viral load in the air. They said that when a cyclist or jogger sneezes, coughs or even just
    (...)  walking. This poses a danger to the person coming behind them who has to pass through a cloud of
    (...)  ruling would prevent further transmission of the virus and lead to a flattening of the curve.

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. contain   an   attempt   COVID-19   the   pandemic   .   to   In
    3. number   of   Stem   in   infections   .   the   the   surge
    4. fourth   the   Putting   fatalities   .   on   place   in   it
    5. new   transmission   .   would   further   ruling   prevent   The
    6. viral   spread   a   is   load   .   There   greater   of
    7. is   Spread   simply   walking   .   farther   someone   than   when
    8. wider   berth   .   People   given   a   exercise   are   who
    9. four   get   should   metres   .   Walkers   at   least
    10. at   and   distancing   Stay   rules   .   social   home   follow

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology explained that when people exercise, there is a greater / greatly spread of viral load / lode in the air. They said that when a cyclist or jogger sneezes, coughs or even just inhales / exhales, the micro-particles linger / ringer longer in the air and spread farther than when someone is simply walking. This poses / possess a danger to the person coming behind them who has to parse / pass through a cloud of droplets. The scientists advisory / advised that people who exercise should be given a wider berth / birth. They said walkers should get at least four metres, runners 10 metres and cyclists at least 20 metres. The messaged / message in France is similar to that throughout the world - stay at home and follow social distancing / distanced rules when outside.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    authorities in paris have taken extra measures in an attempt to contain the covid19 pandemic they have banned people exercising outdoors during the day to try and stem the surge in the number of infections and deaths no one will be allowed to exercise outside of their home between the hours of 10am and 7pm the move is in reaction to greater numbers of people taking to the streets in recent good weather and flouting lockdown rules there have been over 10000 deaths in france putting it in fourth place on the fatalities list behind italy spain and the usa paris mayor anne hidalgo said the new ruling would prevent further transmission of the virus and lead to a flattening of the curve

    scientists from the eindhoven university of technology explained that when people exercise there is a greater spread of viral load in the air they said that when a cyclist or jogger sneezes coughs or even just exhales the microparticles linger longer in the air and spread farther than when someone is simply walking this poses a danger to the person coming behind them who has to pass through a cloud of droplets the scientists advised that people who exercise should be given a wider berth they said walkers should get at least four metres runners 10 metres and cyclists at least 20 metres the message in france is similar to that throughout the world  stay at home and follow social distancing rules when outside

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    AuthoritiesinParishavetakenextrameasuresinanattempttocontainth
    eCOVID-19pandemic.Theyhavebannedpeopleexercisingoutdoorsd
    uringthedaytotryandstemthesurgeinthenumberofinfectionsanddea
    ths.Noonewillbeallowedtoexerciseoutsideoftheirhomebetweentheh
    oursof10amand7pm.Themoveisinreactiontogreaternumbersofpeop
    letakingtothestreetsinrecentgoodweatherandfloutinglockdownrules
    .Therehavebeenover10,000deathsinFrance,puttingitinfourthplaceo
    nthefatalitieslistbehindItaly,SpainandtheUSA.ParisMayorAnneHidal
    gosaidthenewrulingwouldpreventfurthertransmissionofthevirusand
    leadtoaflatteningofthecurve.ScientistsfromtheEindhovenUniversity
    ofTechnologyexplainedthatwhenpeopleexercise,thereisagreaterspr
    eadofviralloadintheair.Theysaidthatwhenacyclistorjoggersneezes,c
    oughsorevenjustexhales,themicro-particleslingerlongerintheairan
    dspreadfartherthanwhensomeoneissimplywalking.Thisposesadang
    ertothepersoncomingbehindthemwhohastopassthroughacloudofdr
    oplets.Thescientistsadvisedthatpeoplewhoexerciseshouldbegivena
    widerberth.Theysaidwalkersshouldgetatleastfourmetres,runners10
    metresandcyclistsatleast20metres.ThemessageinFranceissimilarto
    thatthroughouttheworld-stayathomeandfollowsocialdistancingrul
    eswhenoutside.

    Free writing

    Write about daytime exercise for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All exercise should be done at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. DAYTIME EXERCISE: Make a poster about daytime exercise. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SOCIAL DISTANCING: Write a magazine article about fining people who break social distancing rules. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on daytime exercise. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how people can exercise at home. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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