|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
What animals do you enjoy seeing at a zoo, including those that you would see on safari trips or Arctic sightseeing tours? What do like most about these animals?
HELPFUL TIP: A great way to prepare for a visit to the zoo is to talk to children about the animals they will see. They will find great satisfaction in being able to identify the animals themselves.
|. Listening Exercises [Top]|
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Father: Mikey. Time for bed [Why?] Why? It’s getting dark out. Well, do you want to talk before you go to bed? [Yeah] Uh, what do you want to talk about?
Boy: Um, the zoo.
Father: The zoo? Oh, that was so fun when we went to the zoo. What did you like best about the zoo?
Boy: Um, the porcupines.
Father: They were big, weren’t they. And what else . . . yeah. What else do you remember?
Boy: Um, the two giraffes.
Father: The two giraffes? And were they taller than me or shorter than me?
Boy: Over your head.
Father: They were over my head. They were pretty tall. And what else do you remember? I remember . . . didn’t you see an elephant? [Yeah] What about the elephant do you remember? [Um] What was he . . . was he eating? [Yeah] He was eating. And then, mommy said something happened with the elephant. That he did something.
Boy: He throwed dirt on us.
Father: He did? Oh, how did he do that? With his foot?
Boy: No, with his trunk.
Father: And then you fed some ducks. What color were the ducks?
Father: And what other animals do you remember?[Um] Wasn’t there some type of show.
Boy: Yeah. A bird show.
Father: A bird show? What did the birds do?
Boy: Um, flied.
Father: Oh, they flew around!
Boy: One flied.
Father: Oh, one flew. Were they good birds? [Yeah] Were they naughty at all?
Boy: One was naughty.
Father: What did it do?
Boy: Um, did, to, thing, what you . . . it the . . . the man what it could not do. [Translation: It did something it wasn’t supposed to do.]
Father: Uhh, okay. And then you saw some butterflies, didn’t you? [Yeah] What colors were they?
Boy: After the bird show.
Father: After the bird show you saw them. And were the butterflies flying around all over the zoo?
Boy: Uh, um, they’re inside.
Father: They were inside, what, a little building? [Yeah] What was the building made of? Was it made of wood? [No] What was it made of? [Glass] Oh, made of glass. And couldn’t the butterflies fly out of the glass? [No] No, oh, what stopped them from flying out?
Boy: Um, the air.
Father: Oh, the air. Oh, there was air coming down? [Yeah] Oh, well that’s great. Well, it’s time to go to bed now. Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite. Good night.
Boy: Good night.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
porcupines (noun): a land animal with long, sharp needles used to protect itself
– You don’t want to touch the porcupines unless you want to get hurt.
trunk (noun): the long nose or snout of an elephant
– The elephant used its trunk move that big tree.
naughty (adjective): badly behaved
– The monkeys were really naughty and stole my hat right off my head.