The Reading / Listening - Terror Crocodiles - Level 3

Gigantic "terror crocodiles" that were as large as buses once roamed the Earth. This terrifying picture comes from a study that was published this week in the "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology". The study is from universities in the USA. Researchers who are experts in paleontology - the study of dinosaurs - studied ancient bones found in North America. They said that the dinosaurs lived along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of what is now Canada and the USA. The giant beasts preyed on other dinosaurs and were up to ten metres in length. The researchers discovered that the prehistoric crocodiles had razor-sharp teeth that were the size of large bananas.



Co-author of the study Dr Adam Cossette gave details of how he thought the crocodiles lived. He said they lived between 75 and 82 million years ago and are the ancestors of today's crocodiles and alligators. He wrote about his research on the bone parts he studied. He said: "Until now, the complete animal was unknown. These new specimens we've examined reveal a bizarre, monstrous predator with teeth the size of bananas." He added that it was, "a giant that must have terrorised other dinosaurs that came to the water's edge to drink." Another co-author of the study described how scary the beast was. She wrote: "It was so enormous, almost everything in its habitat was on the menu."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Terror Crocodiles - Level 0 Terror Crocodiles - Level 1   or  Terror Crocodiles - Level 2

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/11/us/deinosuchus-crocodile-scn-trnd/index.html
  • https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/tfg-nsc081020.php
  • https://phys.org/news/2020-08-power-deinosuchus-teeth-size-bananas.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. CROCODILES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about crocodiles. 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?
       gigantic / terror / crocodiles / paleontology / dinosaurs / Pacific / Atlantic / bananas /
       study / ancestors / research / animal / predator / teeth / drink / habitat / menu
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PALEONTOLOGY: Students A strongly believe it is very important to study paleontology; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. GIGANTIC: How bad would these things be if they were the size of a bus? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.


Giant...

How Bad

Why?

bee

 

 

ant

 

 

crow

 

 

rat

 

 

frog

 

 

rabbit

 

 

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5. BUS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "bus". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. EXPERT: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to be an expert in at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Dinosaurs
  • Cooking
  • Coding
  • Child care
  • Physics
  • Gaming
  • The history of music
  • World politics

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. terror a. A blade used for cutting hair or shaving.
      2. roamed b. Very, very, very scary.
      3. expert c. The part of the land near the sea; the edge of the land.
      4. ancient d. Moved about, walked or travelled over a wide area.
      5. coast e. Belonging to the far, far past and no longer here.
      6. preyed f. Someone who knows everything about a topic or area.
      7. razor g. Hunted and killed animals for food.

    Paragraph 2

      8. detail h. An individual feature, fact, or item.
      9. ancestor i. The natural home or area of an animal, plant, or other organism.
      10. bizarre j. An early type of animal or plant from which others have developed.
      11. predator k. Very large in size, quantity, or extent.
      12. terrorised l. Very strange or unusual.
      13. enormous m. An animal that naturally hunts and kills other animals.
      14. habitat n. Made someone or something feel great fear for a long time.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article said there is a very old picture of giant crocodiles.     T / F
  2. The study was conducted by universities in Brazil.     T / F
  3. The giant crocodiles lived only along the Pacific coast of N. America.     T / F
  4. The crocodiles had teeth the size of large bananas.     T / F
  5. The crocodiles roamed the Earth around 80 million years ago.     T / F
  6. Paleontologists studied old bone parts.     T / F
  7. Other dinosaurs terrorised the giant crocodile when it drank.     T / F
  8. The giant crocodiles ate pretty much anything that was there.     T / F

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

  1. gigantic
  2. terrifying
  3. ancient
  4. experts
  5. discovered
  6. details
  7. complete
  8. bizarre
  9. described
  10. habitat
  1. prehistoric
  2. found
  3. strange
  4. scary
  5. information
  6. environment
  7. huge
  8. explained
  9. specialists
  10. whole

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

  1. Gigantic "terror crocodiles" that were
  2. Researchers who are experts
  3. The giant beasts preyed
  4. prehistoric
  5. razor-
  6. the ancestors
  7. a bizarre, monstrous
  8. came to the water's edge
  9. described how scary
  10. on the
  1. on other dinosaurs
  2. of today's crocodiles
  3. sharp teeth
  4. to drink
  5. menu
  6. in paleontology
  7. the beast was
  8. as large as buses
  9. predator
  10. crocodiles

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
study
coasts
experts
buses
size
picture
length
ancient

Gigantic "terror crocodiles" that were as large as (1) _____________________ once roamed the Earth. This terrifying (2) _____________________ comes from a study that was published this week in the "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology". The (3) _____________________ is from universities in the USA. Researchers who are (4) _____________________ in paleontology - the study of dinosaurs - studied (5) _____________________ bones found in North America. They said that the dinosaurs lived along the Pacific and Atlantic (6) _____________________ of what is now Canada and the USA. The giant beasts preyed on other dinosaurs and were up to ten metres in (7) _____________________. The researchers discovered that the prehistoric crocodiles had razor-sharp teeth that were the (8) _____________________ of large bananas.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
edge
bone
predator
menu
details
beast
ancestors
complete

Co-author of the study Dr Adam Cossette gave (9) _____________________ of how he thought the crocodiles lived. He said they lived between 75 and 82 million years ago and are the (10) _____________________ of today's crocodiles and alligators. He wrote about his research on the (11) _____________________ parts he studied. He said: "Until now, the (12) _____________________ animal was unknown. These new specimens we've examined reveal a bizarre, monstrous (13) _____________________ with teeth the size of bananas." He added that it was, "a giant that must have terrorised other dinosaurs that came to the water's (14) _____________________ to drink." Another co-author of the study described how scary the (15) _____________________ was. She wrote: "It was so enormous, almost everything in its habitat was on the (16) _____________________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Gigantic "terror crocodiles" that were as ______
     a.  large was buses
     b.  large has buses
     c.  large as buses
     d.  large is buses
2)  experts in paleontology - the study of dinosaurs - ______
     a.  study it ancient bones
     b.  studded ancient bones
     c.  studied ancient bones
     d.  study ancient bones
3)  They said that the dinosaurs lived along the Pacific ______
     a.  and Atlantic coats
     b.  and Atlantic casts
     c.  and Atlantic castes
     d.  and Atlantic coasts
4)  The giant beasts preyed on other dinosaurs and were up to ten ______
     a.  metres in length
     b.  metres on length
     c.  metres to length
     d.  metres at length
5)  The researchers discovered that the prehistoric crocodiles had ______
     a.  razor-sharp tooth
     b.  razor-sharp teeth
     c.  razor-sharp teething
     d.  razor-sharp teethes

6)  Co-author of the study Dr Adam Cossette ______
     a.  gave detail
     b.  gave detailed
     c.  gave details
     d.  gave detailing
7)  He said they lived between 75 and 82 ______
     a.  million year ago
     b.  million years ergo
     c.  million yearly ago
     d.  million years ago
8)  He wrote about his research on the bone ______
     a.  parts he studied
     b.  parties he studied
     c.  spats he studied
     d.  plaits he studied
9)  These new specimens we've examined reveal a bizarre, ______
     a.  monstrous predator
     b.  monstrous pre dater
     c.  monstrous pre-dated
     d.  monstrous pre-date
10)  It was so enormous, almost everything ______
     a.  in its habitual
     b.  in its habit at
     c.  in it habitat
     d.  in its habitat

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Gigantic "terror crocodiles" that were (1) ____________________ buses once roamed the Earth. (2) ____________________ comes from a study that was published this week in the "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology". The study is from universities in the USA. Researchers who (3) ____________________ paleontology - the study of dinosaurs - studied ancient bones found in North America. They said that the dinosaurs (4) ____________________ Pacific and Atlantic coasts of what is now Canada and the USA. The giant beasts preyed on other dinosaurs and (5) ____________________ ten metres in length. The researchers discovered that the prehistoric crocodiles had (6) ____________________ that were the size of large bananas.

Co-author of the study Dr Adam Cossette (7) ____________________ how he thought the crocodiles lived. He said they lived between 75 and 82 million years ago and (8) ____________________ of today's crocodiles and alligators. He wrote about his research on the (9) ____________________ studied. He said: "Until now, the complete animal was unknown. These new specimens we've examined (10) ____________________, monstrous predator with teeth the size of bananas." He added that it was, "a giant that must have terrorised other dinosaurs that came to (11) ____________________ to drink." Another co-author of the study described how scary the beast was. She wrote: "It was so enormous, almost everything (12) ____________________ was on the menu."

Comprehension questions

  1. How big did the article say the giant crocodiles were?
  2. Where was the research published?
  3. What does a paleontologist study?
  4. How long were the giant crocodiles?
  5. How large were the teeth of the giant crocodiles?
  6. Who is Adam Cossette?
  7. How long ago did the crocodiles live?
  8. What did a researcher write about?
  9. Where might other dinosaurs come to drink and be in danger?
  10. What did a researcher say was on the crocodile's menu?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How big did the article say the giant crocodiles were?
a) as big as a car
b) as big as a house
c) as big as a bus
d) as big as trees
2) Where was the research published?
a) in a journal
b) in a book
c) online
d) in a newspaper
3) What does a paleontologist study?
a) dinosaurs
b) crocodiles
c) teeth
d) ancient history
4) How long were the giant crocodiles?
a) over 10 metres
b) up to 10 metres
c) exactly 10 metres
d) much less than 10 metres
5) How large were the teeth of the giant crocodiles?
a) as big as trash cans
b) as big as coconuts
c) as big as refrigerator doors
d) as big as large bananas

6) Who is Adam Cossette?
a) a crocodile hunter
b) co-author of the study
c) a journalist
d) a student
7) How long ago did the crocodiles live?
a) between 75 and 82 million years ago
b) between 68 and 75 million years ago
c) between 65 and 72 million years ago
d) between 82 and 97 million years ago
8) What did a researcher write about?
a) teeth
b) crocodile diets
c) bone parts
d) crocodile skin
9) Where might other dinosaurs come to drink and be in danger?
a) a river
b) a waterfall
c) puddles
d) the water's edge

10) What did a researcher say was on the crocodile's menu?
a) almost anything in its habitat
b) only cows
c) only river creatures
d) they were vegetarian

Role play

Role  A – Dinosaurs
You think being an expert on dinosaurs is best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): coding, music or child care.

Role  B – Coding
You think being an expert on coding is best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): dinosaurs, music or child care.

Role  C – Music
You think being an expert on music is best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): coding, dinosaurs or child care.

Role  D – Child Care
You think being an expert on child care is best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): coding, music or dinosaurs.

After reading / listening

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

'terror'

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  • and 'crocodile'.

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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:

    • large
    • journal
    • experts
    • coasts
    • ten
    • size
    • thought
    • 82
    • parts
    • new
    • bizarre
    • menu




    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 - Terror Crocodiles

    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 'terror'?
    3. What do you know about crocodiles?
    4. What do you think of the idea of bus-sized crocodiles?
    5. How much are crocodiles like dinosaurs?
    6. How interested are you in dinosaurs?
    7. What would you like to be an expert in?
    8. What would you do if you saw a crocodile?
    9. What is your favourite dinosaur?
    10. How important is it for humans to study dinosaurs?

    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 'crocodile'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of crocodiles?
    5. What was life on Earth like 75 million years ago?
    6. What was your neighbourhood like 75 million years ago?
    7. What would you do if you saw a bus-sized crocodile?
    8. Why did the dinosaurs die out?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the paleontologists?

    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)

    Gigantic "terror crocodiles" that were as large as (1) ____ once roamed the Earth. This (2) ____ picture comes from a study that was (3) ____ this week in the "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology". The study is from universities in the USA. Researchers who are experts in paleontology - the study (4) ____ dinosaurs - studied ancient bones found in North America. They said that the dinosaurs lived along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of what is now Canada and the USA. The giant beasts preyed (5) ____ other dinosaurs and were up to ten metres in length. The researchers discovered that the prehistoric crocodiles had razor-sharp teeth that were the (6) ____ of large bananas.

    Co-author of the study Dr Adam Cossette (7) ____ details of how he thought the crocodiles lived. He said they lived between 75 and 82 million years ago and are the ancestors (8) ____ today's crocodiles and alligators. He wrote about his research on the bone parts he studied. He said: "Until (9) ____, the complete animal was unknown. These new specimens we've examined reveal a bizarre, monstrous predator with teeth the size of bananas." He added that it was, "a giant that must (10) ____ terrorised other dinosaurs that came to the water's (11) ____ to drink." Another co-author of the study described how scary the beast was. She wrote: "It was so enormous, almost everything in its habitat was on the (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     busies     (b)     buses     (c)     bases     (d)     basses    
    2. (a)     typifying     (b)     terrifying     (c)     trapping     (d)     trifling    
    3. (a)     publishing     (b)     publishes     (c)     publish     (d)     published    
    4. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    5. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    6. (a)     large     (b)     amount     (c)     size     (d)     big    
    7. (a)     have     (b)     did     (c)     write     (d)     thought    
    8. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    9. (a)     noon     (b)     known     (c)     know     (d)     now    
    10. (a)     gave     (b)     did     (c)     be     (d)     really    
    11. (a)     edge     (b)     drop     (c)     meniscus     (d)     tension    
    12. (a)     menu     (b)     choice     (c)     a la carte     (d)     list

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. This grtrfyinie picture
    3. studied aenintc bones
    4. The giant beasts eerdyp on other dinosaurs
    5. etorshprici crocodiles
    6. rzrao-sharp teeth

    Paragraph 2

    1. the resotcsan of today's crocodiles
    2. These new siscpmeen we've examined
    3. a zriarbe, monstrous predator
    4. came to the water's geed to drink
    5. It was so nosumreo
    6. almost everything in its thiatba

    Put the text back together

    (...)  universities in the USA. Researchers who are experts in paleontology - the study
    1  ) Gigantic "terror crocodiles" that were as large as buses once roamed the Earth. This terrifying
    (...)  about his research on the bone parts he studied. He said: "Until now, the complete animal was
    (...)  and Atlantic coasts of what is now Canada and the USA. The giant beasts preyed
    (...)  unknown. These new specimens we've examined reveal a bizarre, monstrous predator with teeth the size
    (...)  Co-author of the study Dr Adam Cossette gave details of how he thought the crocodiles lived. He said they lived between
    (...)  of dinosaurs - studied ancient bones found in North America. They said that the dinosaurs lived along the Pacific
    (...)  on other dinosaurs and were up to ten metres in length. The researchers discovered that the
    (...)  picture comes from a study that was published this week in the "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology". The study is from
    (...)  prehistoric crocodiles had razor-sharp teeth that were the size of large bananas.
    (...)  the beast was. She wrote: "It was so enormous, almost everything in its habitat was on the menu."
    (...)  75 and 82 million years ago and are the ancestors of today's crocodiles and alligators. He wrote
    (...)  to the water's edge to drink." Another co-author of the study described how scary
    (...)  of bananas." He added that it was, "a giant that must have terrorised other dinosaurs that came

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. published   was   that   study   this   A   earlier   week   .
    3. bones   America   .   North   found   Researchers   in   ancient   studied
    4. coast   .   along   The   dinosaurs   the   Pacific   lived
    5. teeth   of   the   Razor-sharp   that   size   were   bananas   .
    6. lived   .   Details   crocodiles   of   thought   the   he   how
    7. ago   75   and   They   million   years   82   lived   between   .
    8. on   parts   .   He   his   wrote   about   research   bone
    9. that   to   came   Other   water's   dinosaurs   edge   .   the
    10. Everything   the   its   on   habitat   in   was   menu   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Co-author of the study Dr Adam Cossette gave detail / details of how he thought the crocodiles lived. He said they lived between / among 75 and 82 million years ago and are the ancestry / ancestors of today's crocodiles and alligators. He wrote about his research on / in the bone parts he studied. He said: "Until know / now, the complete animal was unknown. These new specimens we've examined travel / reveal a bizarre, monstrous predator with teeth the size of bananas." He subtracted / added that it was, "a giant that must have terrorised other dinosaurs that came to the water's edge / drop to drink." Another co-author of the study described how scared / scary the beast was. She wrote: "It was so enormous, almost everything in its habitat was on the menu / contents."

    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

    gigantic terror crocodiles that were as large as buses once roamed the earth this terrifying picture comes from a study that was published this week in the journal of vertebrate paleontology the study is from universities in the usa researchers who are experts in paleontology  the study of dinosaurs  studied ancient bones found in north america they said that the dinosaurs lived along the pacific and atlantic coasts of what is now canada and the usa the giant beasts preyed on other dinosaurs and were up to ten metres in length the researchers discovered that the prehistoric crocodiles had razorsharp teeth that were the size of large bananas

    coauthor of the study dr adam cossette gave details of how he thought the crocodiles lived he said they lived between 75 and 82 million years ago and are the ancestors of todays crocodiles and alligators he wrote about his research on the bone parts he studied he said until now the complete animal was unknown these new specimens weve examined reveal a bizarre monstrous predator with teeth the size of bananas he added that it was a giant that must have terrorised other dinosaurs that came to the waters edge to drink another coauthor of the study described how scary the beast was she wrote it was so enormous almost everything in its habitat was on the menu

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    Gigantic"terrorcrocodiles"thatwereaslargeasbusesonceroamedtheE
    arth.Thisterrifyingpicturecomesfromastudythatwaspublishedthisw
    eekinthe"JournalofVertebratePaleontology".Thestudyisfromunivers
    itiesintheUSA.Researcherswhoareexpertsinpaleontology-thestud
    yofdinosaurs-studiedancientbonesfoundinNorthAmerica.Theysaid
    thatthedinosaurslivedalongthePacificandAtlanticcoastsofwhatisnow
    CanadaandtheUSA.Thegiantbeastspreyedonotherdinosaursandwer
    euptotenmetresinlength.Theresearchersdiscoveredthattheprehisto
    riccrocodileshadrazor-sharpteeththatwerethesizeoflargebananas.
    Co-authorofthestudyDrAdamCossettegavedetailsofhowhethoughtt
    hecrocodileslived.Hesaidtheylivedbetween75and82millionyearsago
    andaretheancestorsoftoday'scrocodilesandalligators.Hewroteabout
    hisresearchonthebonepartshestudied.Hesaid:"Untilnow,thecomple
    teanimalwasunknown.Thesenewspecimenswe'veexaminedreveala
    bizarre,monstrouspredatorwithteeththesizeofbananas."Headdedth
    atitwas,"agiantthatmusthaveterrorisedotherdinosaursthatcametot
    hewater'sedgetodrink."Anotherco-authorofthestudydescribedhow
    scarythebeastwas.Shewrote:"Itwassoenormous,almosteverythingi
    nitshabitatwasonthemenu."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Scientists should use DNA to re-create some dinosaurs. 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. CROCODILES: Make a poster about crocodiles. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. DINOSAURS: Write a magazine article about bringing back some dinosaurs. 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 crocodiles. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on dinosaurs. 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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