Intermediate TA MEMOS ADEEDUCACI DELACONSEJER Í Ó NDELREINOUNIDOEIRLAND A / B1 February 2008 AUTHOR: Isabel Rubio Pérez Technical advisor to the Ministry

of Education NIPO: 651-08-010-4 The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands Several species of turtles have become extinct due to massive hunting that have suffered for centuries. Giant tortoise in the Charles Darwin Foundation. Isla Santa Cruz. Galapagos. IR picture. ACTIVITIES BEFORE READING THE TEXT 1. The words of the column will appear in the text. Corresponding relational mea nings in Column B. A a) Non-Profit b) Shrubs c) grass d) Around e) Saddle B 1. A pproximately, around 2. Does not seek profit in March. Stems and branches from t he base 4. Small plant with soft stems in May. Seat on the horse 2. Put names to different parts of the body of the turtle shell • legs • neck • headache • glue • eyes • lips • nose w w w. m e c. e s / e x t e r i o r / u k 1 Intermediate TEXT The Galapagos giant tortoise, of which only 11 species, are the largest land ani mals that inhabit these islands. They are herbivorous reptiles that feed on gras s, bushes or cactus, whose branches reach its long neck stretched. It may take s everal months without eating or drinking but when they have food and water, eat and drink frequently. Adults of some species can weigh over 300 kg. but typicall y weighing around 150. They measure about 1.70 m (one meter seventy centimeters) from head to tail and live to 150 years. They have a high shell-shaped saddle v aries from island to island. Several species of turtles have become extinct due to massive hunting that have suffered for centuries. There is a species from Pin ta island from which there is only one issue: the loner George, currently locate d in the Charles Darwin Foundation in Santa Cruz. This foundation is an internat ional non-profit research whose mission is the conservation of fauna and flora o f the Galapagos Islands. JOURNAL OF COUNSELING OF EDUCATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND / B1 Galapagos National Park Note: If you want to know more about the Charles Darwin Foundation: www.darwinfo undation.org ACTIVITIES AFTER READING THE TEXT 1. Underline the following words in the text and remember its meaning (Activity 1 Before Read) Nonprofit • Shrubs • • Grass • Around Saddle. 2. Without looking at the text you remember ... 2.1 .... how heavy a giant turtl e? 2.2 .... how tall? 2.3 ... how many years you live? 2.4 .... how many species

are in the Galapagos? 2.5 .... how is called the foundation that researches and protects the fauna and flora? 2.6 .... do you call the last tortoise found on P inta island? w w w. m e c. e s / e x t e r i o r / u k 2 Intermediate 3. Without looking at the text. Put the right word in the blanks: JOURNAL OF COUNSELING OF EDUCATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND / B1 The _____ ______ Jorge approximately 90 kg. ______ and over a meter. It is belie ved that between 60 and 90 ______ ______. It has a very long and _____ ______ __ _ shaped saddle. Like all giant tortoises, Jorge is a _________, _______ therefo re is grass, cactus and shrubs. ______ Currently at the CDF. _______ Is the only of its kind. 4. Finish the following sentences using information from the text but without co pying verbatim: 4.1. ____________________________ Charles Darwin Foundation 4.2. Herbivore means _________________________________ 4.3. The shell ______________ ________________ 4.4. ____________________________________ On Pinta island. 4.5. In the Galapagos _____________________________________ 5. Comparatives and supe rlatives. Comparative Example: The giant tortoises are larger than the iguanas. Example of superlative: The giant tortoises are the largest land animals of the Galapagos. However, there are some adjectives that have different forms when use d as comparative and superlative adjectives old / a * little / a good job bad jo b more or older Comparative / Superlative at least better the worse / most or ol der on the minor s / the best / worst * Note: old job is not usually used for people. It says: My grandmother Carmen i s an older woman. It is older than my grandmother Mary. It is the largest of the family. 5.1 Put the comparative table above in the blanks: a) This cheese is very good b ut in my opinion the manchego is _________. b) James is 16 and his sister is 14. Jaime is _______que his sister. c) I do not like his latest book. It is quite _ ____ than the previous.€d) _____ My son is 20 years old and my son is 17 years o ld ____. 5.2 Put the superlative of the table above in the blanks: a) This fruit is delicious. _____ Is the fruit I've eaten in my life. b) did not study anythi ng for the review and of course I got the ______nota the whole course. c) My gra ndmother is 87 years old. It is the _______ of the family. d) Students in this c lass have 14 years except Michael who is 13. It is the ______ of all. w w w. m e c. e s / e x t e r i o r / u k 3 Intermediate SOLUTIONS JOURNAL OF COUNSELING OF EDUCATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND / B1 Solutions activities before reading the text: 1. a) and 2, b) and 3 c) and 4 d) and 1, e) and 5. 2. 1. Neck 2. Head, 3. Ojo; 4

. Nose 5. Boca, 6. Shell, 7. Cola; 8. Patas. Solutions for activities after reading the text: 2. 2.1. Between 150 and 300 kg. (Kilos or pounds) 2.2. About 1.70 (six feet) 2.3 . You can live to be 150 years. 2.4. Eleven 2.5. Charles Darwin Foundation. 2.6. The lone Jorge 3. Without looking at the text. Put the right word in the blanks : Lonesome George weighs about 90 kg. and is larger than one meter. Are believed to live between 60 and 90 years. It has a long neck and a shell-shaped saddle. Like all giant tortoises, Jorge is a herbivore, so it feeds on grass, cactus and shrubs. He currently lives / is located in the Charles Darwin Foundation. It is the only example of its kind. 4. Suggestions: 4.1. ... Does not seek profit / i s responsible for investigating the animals and plants of the Galapagos Islands. 4.2. ... They eat grass that animals eat. 4.3. ... Of the giant tortoises varie s / is different in each island. 4.4. George, the last example of its kind, live d / was found ... 4.5. ... There are 11 species of giant tortoises. 5. 5.1. a) b etter, b) higher c) worse d) higher - lower. 5.2. a) better b) worse c) higher d ) lower / the youngest. w w w. m e c. e s / e x t e r i o r / u k 4