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The animal olympics

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ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE

Grade 4

SPORT

Module 18

THE ANIMAL OLYMPICS

Activity 1

To express yourself imaginatively in a group and compare your ideas with those of others [LO 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.7]

CHEER . . . ALONG . . . SONG

  • Work in small groups and make up a ‘War Cry’ that you can sing at sports day. Sing it to your class.

Activity 2

To listen to a story and respond to questions [LO 1.1]

LISTENING SKILL - LISTEN AND REMEMBER

  • Listen very carefully while your teacher reads the following story to you. It may help if you close your eyes and rest your head on your desk. (Don’t snore!!)
  • Educator to read to the class.

The Animal Olympics

The animals held a meeting once a year, they told one another all their news and then they had a gigantic party.

This year they decided to hold the Animal Olympics. The elephant suggested that they all meet back there in one week’s time.

“Then all of us can participate and attempt to win a gold medal.”

All the animals were so excited with this idea and they ran off at once to practise!

They tried so hard! They practised the high jump, long jump, javelin and pole vault. The monkeys’ attempt to throw the discus and shot put wasn’t successful.

Finally, it was the day of the Animal Olympic Games. All the animals were smartly dressed in their sports clothes, except Tommy Tortoise. He stood all alone, very sad and forlorn. “I’ve practised everyday, but I’m too slow to take part in any event,” he sobbed.

“Don’t worry, we need someone to fire the starting pistol and time the races,” said the hippo.

This cheered Tommy Tortoise up and he plodded off to the starting point. The cheetah suddenly began to sniff.

“Why are you also crying?” asked the hippo.

“If I take part, I shall win all the races, because I am the fastest animal in the world,” sobbed the cheetah. “It will not be any fun.”

“That’s no problem! I have the perfect solution for a fast runner like you. You can carry the Olympic torch and start the games.”

The cheetah was positively delighted and stopped crying.

The Animal Olympics began and it lasted all day. Everyone went home very late proudly displaying the medal they had won for one event or another. All the animals were exhausted, especially the tortoise and the cheetah!

Adapted from “My Greatest book of bedtime Stories” by Anne McKie and retold by the author.

  • Answer the questions by highlighting the best answer supplied below.

Questions

  1. How often did the animals hold a meeting?

(a) weekly

(b) twice a year

(c) annually

  1. What was the purpose of their meeting?

(a) They practised for the animal Olympics.

(b) They comforted each other.

(c) They told one another their news.

  1. Which animal had trouble putting the shot?

(a) the monkeys

(b) the cheetah

(c) the hippo

4. Why was Tommy Tortoise unable to take part in an Olympic event?

(a) He hadn’t practised enough.

(b) Tommy was unable to move quickly.

(c) He was crying too much when Hippo spoke to him.

  1. How would you describe Hippo’s personality?

(a) He was competitive and wanted to win.

(b) He was willing to be a neutral participant in the Animal Olympics.

(c) He was caring and sensitive towards others.

(d) He was conceited and self-absorbed.

  1. Why was Cheetah so upset?

(a) He was devastated that Tortoise was crying.

(b) He felt the race wouldn’t be much fun because he would win.

(c) Cheetah realised he was the fastest animal in the world.

  1. How was Hippo able to cheer Cheetah up?

(a) Hippo asked Cheetah to assist Tommy Tortoise.

(b) Cheetah’s task was to begin the games and carry the torch.

(c) Cheetah was made team leader of the Olympics.

  1. What do you think the moral of the story is?

(a) Treat others the way you like to be treated yourself.

(b) One good deed often follows another.

(c) Everyone’s a winner.

0 - 1 2 - 3 4 - 5 6 - 8correct correct correct correct

Activity 3

To read clearly and fluently [LO 3.1.6]

  • Your teacher will request you to read ‘The Animal Olympics’ aloud. Pay special attention to read fluently and pronounce the words clearly.

Activity 4

To fill in suitable words [LO 4.4.1]

CLOZE PROCEDURE

  • We’ve had fun listening to the story of the Animal Olympics. Now read this passage and see if you can find the correct words from the box of clues to complete the story. Write the correct word in each space. (Take care with spelling ~ ‘Dame Spell a what’ is watching you!)

held; proudly; green; Australia; continents; Olympic; stronger; exciting; carrying; famous; remained; competition; five; runners; event; were; colourful; occasion; torch; began

The Games in Ancient Greece in

776 B.C. The first was a 200 m race, which was won by

‘Coroibos’, a cook. The contest was on one day!

The first modern Olympics held in Athens in 1896.

The Olympic Games were held in Sydney, (1) in 2000.

The host declared this (2) international (3)

open on 15 September. The (4) flag was raised and each

competitor (5) marched into the stadium. Adolf Hitler

started the custom of (6) a flaming Olympic torch from the

original site at Olympia to the venue of the games. The (7)

was carried by 10 000 torchbearers accompanied by 2 500 (8)

The (9) Olympic flame was lit in the stadium and

(10) burning until the end of this wonderful (11)

The (12) interlaced rings of the Olympic flag (red,

yellow, blue, black and (13) ) represent the world’s five

(14) , The Olympic motto, ‘Citrus, Altius, Fortius’ means

‘Faster, Higher, (15) ‘.

Rewritten by author. S.A.’s Top Ten: Helen Baardman Book

0 - 3 4 - 7 8 - 11 12 - 15correct correct correct correct

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Assessment

LEARNING OUTCOME 1: LISTENINGThe learner is able to listen for information and enjoyment, and respond appropriately and critically in a wider range of situations.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

1.1 enjoys listening to different kinds of oral texts and responds appropriately (e.g. stories, fables, limericks, short reports).

LEARNING OUTCOME 2: SPEAKINGThe speaker is able to communicate effectively in spoken language in a wide range of situations.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

2.1 communicates experiences, ideas and information in different contexts for different audiences and purposes:

2.1.1 uses language with ease for interpersonal communication in everyday conversation;

2.1.2 uses language for imaginative self-expression (e.g. tells a story, recites a poem or role-plays a situation);

2.1.7 discusses and compares own and others’ ideas and opinions.

LEARNING OUTCOME 3: READING AND VIEWINGThe learner is able to read and view for information and enjoyment, and to respond critically to the aesthetic, cultural and emotional values in texts.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

  • reads a variety of South African and international fiction and non-fiction texts for different purposes (e.g. poems, stories, myths, brochures, reference books and text-books);

3.1.6 reads aloud clearly and with expression.

LEARNING OUTCOME 4: WRITINGThe learner is able to write different kinds of factual and imaginative texts for a wide range of purposes.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

4.4 applies knowledge of language at various levels:

4.4.1 word level.

Memorandum

Activity 2 Olympics (Listening skill)

1. c

2. c

3. a

4. b

5. c

6. b

7. b

8. a

Activity 4

Cloze procedure

Olympic, began, competition, held, were

1. Australia 9. famous

2. exciting 10. remained

3. occasion 11. event

4. colourful 12. five

5. proudly 13. green

6. carrying 14. continents

7. torch 15. stronger

8. runners

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