Intermediate Instant Lesson™
Fish Finds True Love
Pre-Reading Activities
A: Group Discussion
Animals don't usually like to...
4. Question: ...
Answer: She's very small, spotted, and square shaped.
5. Question: ...
Answer: Staff were worried that th...
Part Two
(...continued.) Pring said Dotty probably
thought the dice was a potential mate,
or possibly even a parent.
``Whe...
Post-Reading Activities
You may do one or more of these.
A: Language
Writers like using adjectives, because they can give ...
C: Vocabulary
Look at the following sentence:
Dolly found her perfect match - a plastic dice.
In this example dice is sing...
TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY
Pre-Reading Activities
A: Group Discussion - Notes
(The story about the sheep and the eleph...
To pop a balloon
To hide a letter under a book
To hide your face in your hands
To hide your excitement
To hide behind anot...
fungus - fungi
loaf - loaves
mattress - mattresses
medium - media
octopus - octopuses
phenomenon - phenomena
potato - pota...
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  1. 1. Intermediate Instant Lesson™ Fish Finds True Love Pre-Reading Activities A: Group Discussion Animals don't usually like to mix with other animal groups unless they are hungry and are thinking about dinner. However, sometimes you hear stories about animals that have befriended different animal species. For example, there was a sheep in South Africa that took care of a baby elephant. Discuss the following questions in small groups. 1. Do you know of any stories where two different types of animals formed a friendship? Share them with your group. 2. What sorts of toys do animals like cats and dogs like to play with? 3. Have you heard any stories about animals that 'became friends' with an object like a doll or a toy? Give an example. B: Vocabulary Look at the following words from today's article. Sort the words by putting any with similar meanings into the same group. The word toxic has been done for you as an example. oceanarium, stressed-out, tank, toxic, unhappy, venom Group 1: poison, toxic, ... Group 2: anxious, ... Group 3: aquarium, ... Reading Activities A: Comprehension Here are some answers to questions about Part One of today's article. Read the answers and then read the article. Write down a suitable question for each answer. 1. Question: (you write the question) ... Answer: Dotty. 2. Question: ... Answer: In Bournemouth Oceanarium in southern England. 3. Question: ... Answer: October, 2001.
  2. 2. 4. Question: ... Answer: She's very small, spotted, and square shaped. 5. Question: ... Answer: Staff were worried that the fish would kill itself with its own poison. 6. Question: ... Answer: They dropped a plastic dice into the water, hoping Dotty might think it was another fish. 7. Question: ... Answer: Yes, it did. She is more relaxed now and the pair are inseparable. Part One Fish Finds True Love with a Throw of the Dice LONDON Friday November 2 (Reuters) - A stressed-out spotted fish in a British aquarium has calmed down after finding its perfect match -- a lookalike plastic dice. Dotty, a highly toxic boxfish -- also known as dicefish because of its square shape and spotty coloring- arrived at Bournemouth Oceanarium in southern England last month. But the pea-sized tropical fish, which releases venom when anxious, was so unhappy that staff feared it could kill itself with its own poison. ``We finally went out and bought a real dice and popped it in the tank hoping Dotty might think it was another fish,'' displays manager Kris Pring told Reuters on Thursday. ``It did the trick and now Dotty won't leave it alone. The pair are inseparable.'' (Continued.../) Article © 2001 Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2001 www.english-to-go.com B: True / False / Not Mentioned Read the statements below and compare them with the information in Part Two of today's article. Write 'T' if the statement is true, 'F' if it is false, and 'NM' if the text does not mention that information. 1. Dotty may believe that the dice is one of her parents. 2. Dotty is bigger than the dice. 3. She is yellow and black. 4. As Dotty gets older, she will become bright yellow in color. 5. The maximum length of a boxfish is one foot. 6. She has stopped growing. 7. Boxfish are found only in the Pacific Ocean. 8. Now Dotty does not share her tank with any other fish.
  3. 3. Part Two (...continued.) Pring said Dotty probably thought the dice was a potential mate, or possibly even a parent. ``Whenever someone approaches, Dotty scoots over and hides behind the dice which is much bigger than the fish.'' The pale yellow and black boxfish can grow to more than a foot in length and is commonly found throughout the Indo-Pacific. Pring said the lovestruck Dotty would stay in quarantine until she got much bigger and would then go on public display. Article © 2001 Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2001 www.english-to-go.com C: Summarizing The following text contains a summary of the article, but it has some mistakes. Cross out the incorrect words and replace them with the correct ones. Staff at an oceanarium in southern France have found a way to keep a large boxfish happy; they threw a plastic dice into her fish bowl. Dotty, the yellow and red boxfish, is poisonous and when she gets anxious, she releases blood which could kill her. The staff decided that a dice would be a good addition to Dotty's fish bowl because the dice looks like a big stone. Whenever Dotty gets nervous, she hides behind the dice which is much brighter than Dotty. Dotty is expected to stay in quarantine with other fish, until she gets a lot larger and after that, the general public will be able to see her. D: Vocabulary Part One: Look at List A which includes some words from today's article. Match phrases from List B to a word in List A. In some cases there may be more than one answer. List A calm pop it hide List B into the water under the table down behind the curtain into his mouth Part Two: Choose a word (or two) from List A above that is new to you. Write your own sentences using the word. Be ready to share these with the class.
  4. 4. Post-Reading Activities You may do one or more of these. A: Language Writers like using adjectives, because they can give information about someone or something and make a sentence shorter, if used correctly. Look at the following sentences: i. Dotty is a fish that is the size of a pea. ii. Dotty is a pea-sized fish. Which sentence is shorter? Fill in the blanks in these sentences with your own ideas. 1. Dotty is a __________ - shaped fish. 2. A manta ray (stingray) is a __________ - shaped fish. 3. I have __________ - shaped eyes. 4. I live in a __________ - sized house / apartment. 5. My house / apartment is __________ - shaped. 6. During a bad hail storm, some __________ - sized hail can put big dents in cars. B: Writing A comic strip is a series of drawings that tell a story. Below is a comic strip called "Dotty". With a partner look at the four pictures. What is Dotty thinking or saying? Write the words in the speech / thought bubbles. Use your imagination and have fun!
  5. 5. C: Vocabulary Look at the following sentence: Dolly found her perfect match - a plastic dice. In this example dice is singular, however, in old-fashioned English dice was plural for die. Thus, people used to say, "One die, two dice." Now it is common for people to say 'dice' for both the singular and the plural. Below are some basic spelling rules for words when they change from singular to plural. • the plural form for most words end in -'s' • singular words that end in 's' , 'sh' , 'tch' , 'x' , and 'z' have -'es' added to them (bus > buses, dish > dishes, patch > patches, fox > foxes, waltz > waltzes) • singular words that end in a consonant + y change to -'ies' (e.g. hobby > hobbies) • singular words that end in 'f' , 'ff' , and 'fe' usually drop the ending and add 'ves' (e.g. leaf > leaves, knife > knives) • some singular words do not change at all (e.g. sheep > sheep) Unfortunately, there are many irregular plural forms that do not follow any spelling rules. You must simply memorize the spelling. Are you ready to take the Plural Test? Do not use your dictionary until you are finished. Good luck! The first one has been done for you as an example. Singular cactus daisy elf fish fungus mattress Plural cacti loaves Singular octopus potato quiz salmon Plural media phenomena species
  6. 6. TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY Pre-Reading Activities A: Group Discussion - Notes (The story about the sheep and the elephant is found in the Intermediate-Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson 'Mother and Son' in the www.english-to-go.com Instant Lessons Library.) B: Vocabulary - Answers Group 1: poison, toxic, venom (These words are all related to the word 'poison'. Toxic is an adjective meaning 'poisonous'.) Group 2: anxious, stressed-out, unhappy (These words are all adjectives describing different negative emotional states.) Group 3: aquarium, oceanarium, tank (These words all nouns connected with keeping fish in captivity.) Reading Activities A: Comprehension - Suggested Answers 1. What is the name of the fish? 2. Where is Dotty being kept? 3. When did Dotty arrive at the oceanarium? 4. What does Dotty look like? 5. What were staff at the oceanarium worried about? 6. How did they try to solve the problem? 7. Did the plan work? B: True / False / Not Mentioned - Answers 1.T; 2.F; 3.T; 4.NM; 5.F; 6.F; 7.F (They are also found in the Indian Ocean); 8.T. C: Summarizing -Notes Students may not know the difference between a 'bowl' and a 'tank'. A bowl is round in shape. C: Summarizing - Suggested Answers Staff at an oceanarium in southern France (England) have found a way to keep a large (tiny) boxfish happy; they threw a plastic dice into her fish bowl (tank or aquarium). Dotty, the yellow and red (black) boxfish, is poisonous and when she gets anxious, she releases blood (venom) which could kill her. The staff decided that a dice would be a good addition to Dotty's fish bowl (tank / aquarium) because the dice looks like a big stone (boxfish). Whenever Dotty gets nervous, she hides behind the dice which is much brighter bigger than Dotty. Dotty is expected to stay in quarantine with other fish (by herself), until she gets a lot larger and after that, the general public will be able to see her. D: Vocabulary - Notes After students have completed the activity, you may like to use this extension activity. Ask different students in the class to mime these actions: To calm down. To hide under a desk To pop a piece of gum into your mouth To pop your head around the door
  7. 7. To pop a balloon To hide a letter under a book To hide your face in your hands To hide your excitement To hide behind another student (Show the action only to the student who is doing the miming.) The student then asks the others in the class, "What was I doing?" They try to answer using the correct verb: e.g. "You were hiding under a desk." etc. Some of the actions are of course more difficult to mime than others, so you may like to select students who you think are better actors, or who will enjoy the challenge of trying these ones. Intervene only if you need to clear up any misunderstandings about any of the uses of the verbs. D: Vocabulary - Suggested Answers Part One calm down pop it into the water / into his mouth hide under the table / behind the curtain Post-Reading Activities A: Language - Notes 'Pea-sized' is a participle acting as an adjective. A: Language - Answers Sentence ii is shorter. 1. Dotty is a square - shaped fish. 2. A manta ray is a diamond - shaped fish. 3. Answers will vary 4. Answers will vary 5. Answers will vary 6. During a bad hail storm, some golfball / baseball - sized hail can put dents in cars. B: Writing - Notes The students probably won't need any incentive to do this activity, but just in case, you could tell the students that you plan to put each pair's comic strip on the walls of the class for everyone to look at. C: Vocabulary - Notes Students could do this alone or in pairs. You could make it a competition, by offering a prize to the student or pair who finishes first without making any mistakes. *When referring to 'fish' as a creature, the plural of the word may be 'fish' or 'fishes'. Fish is the more usual form. e.g. "I caught lots of fish today." Fishes refers to different kinds or species of fish. Fish as a food is uncountable. (I bought some fish for dinner.) C: Vocabulary - Answers Singular - Plural cactus - cacti daisy - daisies elf - elves fish - fish*
  8. 8. fungus - fungi loaf - loaves mattress - mattresses medium - media octopus - octopuses phenomenon - phenomena potato - potatoes quiz - quizzes salmon - salmon species - species Please Note: If your students would like to see pictures from the Bournemouth Oceanarium, the address is http://www.oceanarium.co.uk/ For other lessons about fish characters, students may enjoy the instant lessons "Yummy Fish" and "Tish the fish".

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