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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.

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Enjoying the Zoo
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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difficultanimals conversationman - young boy02:24

1. 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.

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2. 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.

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1. What did the boy like best about the zoo?
A. porcupines
B. penguins
C. polar bears

2. What did the elephant do at the zoo?
A. The elephant kicked dirty food in their direction.
B. The elephant sprayed water at the children.
C. The elephant tossed dirt at the people.

3. According to what little the boy said, what can we infer about the bird show?
A. One of the birds performed exactly as expected.
B. A bird didn't mind the trainer very well.
C. They couldn't see the birds from where they were sitting.

4. Where did the boy see the butterflies?
A. inside a glass enclosure
B. in a wire building near the bird show
C. flying around the zoo

5. What does the expression, "Sleep tight" mean found at the end of this conversation?
A. It refers to the idea of wrapping yourself up in blankets to keep warm.
B. It represents the feeling of having good dreams throughout the night.
C. It makes reference to old-style beds that used ropes to hold up the mattresses.


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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Zoos can be wonderful places to visit with family and friends. Do you have any favorite memories as a child when you spent time with family or friends? What animals did you enjoy watching the most? Sometimes there are concerns about the conditions at zoos under which the animals live. What things can be done to create a better environment for animals at zoos? Discuss your ideas with a partner.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Think of one exotic animal you might find at a zoo. Use the Internet to reseach these questions about it. Share your findings.

  • Where can you find the animal in the world?
  • What does it eat?
  • What are the animal's predators?
  • If you found yourself in a cage with this animal, how would you feel and what would you do?

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