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  THE ZOO


GENERAL GOALS 

The visitors of the Zoo and the Animal Farm, which are integral parts of the Nature Reserve, are offered a variety of linguistic challenges aimed at enlarging their vocabulary stock, improving their reading skills and their knowledge of grammar; as well as a crash course in environmental literacy, which tackles poignant ethical questions, such as gene manipulation, cloning, animal farming etc.

The Recreation Area, with its Garden of Verse and Library, introduces literature as a means of teaching and learning English in a more unconventional way, while arousing the learners´ interest in reading in general and reading poetry in particular.

We have tried to build the linguistic context of all three areas around the concepts of a "Zoo" and a "Recreation Area" as closely as possible, and to simulate everyday situations, in our attempt to add meaningfulness and authenticity to the activities offered in this section.

TYPES OF ACTIVITIES:

Zoo
  Type of Activity Level Goal of Activity

Nature's great masterpiece, the elephant

Gap fill
(Advanced)
- Linguistic (vocabulary, articles, prepositions,
verbal forms);
- Environmental
Elephants Multiple Choice
(Advanced)
- Linguistic ( reading comprehension)
- Environmental
The Elephant 3  Quiz
(Intermediate)
- Linguistic (reading skills)
- Communicative
- Environmental
The Gorilla Quiz Quiz 
(Advanced)
- Linguistic (reading comprehension)
- Communicative
- Environmental
The story of the Orangutan Multiple Choice
(Advanced)
- Linguistic (reading comprehension)
-Environmental
- Cultural
The Orangutan 2 Gap fill 
(Advanced)
- Linguistic ( prepositions, articles, verbal forms)
- Environmental
The Orangutan 3 True /False
(Advanced)
- Linguistic (reading comprehension, vocabulary)
- Environmental
- Cultural
The Orangutan 4 Quiz
(Advanced)
- Linguistic (vocabulary)
- Communicative
- Cultural
Ticket Office Multiple Choice
(Intermediate/
Advanced)
- Linguistic (vocabulary); 
- Communicative
- Cultural
- Environmental

 

Animal Farm
  Type of Activity Level Goal of Activity
Policy code 1 Mixed-Up Sentences
(Advanced)
- Linguistic (vocabulary, word order)
- Environmental
- Cultural
- Communicative

Our friend the sheep

Multiple Choice
(Intermediate )
- Linguistic (vocabulary)
You don't say! Multiple Choice
(Intermediate )
- Linguistic (vocabulary)
Dolly test Gap fill
(Intermediate )
- Linguistic (vocabulary)
- Communicative
- Cultural
Our friend the goat Multiple Choice
(Intermediate )
- Linguistic (vocabulary)
- Environmental

A pig in a Poke

Crossword 
(Intermediate )
- Linguistic (vocabulary)
- Communicative
Pig it! (multiple choice) Multiple Choice
(Advanced)
- Linguistic (vocabulary, reading comprehension)
- Environmental
Animal interactive story  
(Intermediate/
Advanced)
Linguistic (reading comprehension, process writing, vocabulary)
Cultural
Communicative

 

Recreation Area
  Type of Activity Level Goal of Activity
Garden of verse  
(Intermediate/
Advanced)
- Linguistic (reading comprehension, vocabulary)
- Communicative
- Cultural
Journals - Animal Journal Multiple Choice
(Intermediate/
Advanced)
- Linguistic (vocabulary)
- Cultural
- Environmental
Books on Animals   Multiple Choice
(Intermediate/
Advanced)
- Linguistic (reading comprehension)
- Cultural
Hangman on Animals and their features Hangman 
(Intermediate)
- Linguistic (vocabulary,
Poetry- The Romantic Period  Cloze
(Advanced)
- Linguistic (vocabulary, verbal forms, articles, prepositions)
- Cultural
Wordsworth Multiple Choice
(Advanced)
-Linguistic (reading comprehension

TIPS ON HOW TO USE THE ACTIVITIES

Depending on the age group, the level of the learners and their attention span, as well as the number of lessons available, the activities described above can be used each at a time, or in thematic sequences, for example Elephant 1, 2, 3; Orangutan 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. If they are done one at a time, redoing them as a sequel might serve as a welcome revision of the vocabulary or other linguistic issues, and is highly recommendable. It is also advisable to follow the tips given as to other similar areas of the Theme Park (for example, after visiting the Garden of Verse, or doing the Interactive Story, it would be useful (and fun!) to continue one´s quest in the Enchanted Forest or the Castle with more similar activities. Time permitting, a visit to the Vocabulary, Link Bank and Grammar Bank is a logical continuation of the activities.

The learners should be advised to read the instructions carefully and ask for help, if need be. They should also be encouraged to read all the tips and explanations given for each of the alternatives of the multiple choice activities.

The specific nature of the Zoo and the Animal Farm offers possibilities for integration with other subjects, such as biology, geography or other natural sciences, psychology, ethics, philosophy, etc., which increases the motivation of the learners, as well as their English proficiency. The activities can be used as the initial stage of making portfolios, international projects on the topic, oral presentations, etc.

Each activity can be done on an individual basis, or in groups of two. The reading comprehension exercises can be easily transformed into listening comprehension sessions, in which the students, take turns in reading sections of the text out loud for the other(s) to answer the questions marked in the activity. The reading comprehension texts can be done with or without the timer.

For more tips, please contact maija.prokofjew@edu.hel.fi  or any other member of the Theme Park staff.

mail to: themepark01@yahoo.de

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