A collection of story audiobooks with an emphasis on understanding and comprehension
A collection of story audiobooks with an emphasis on understanding and comprehension
Women In Sport:50 fearless athletes who played to win ep. 9
Episode 9 - Ellen Macarthur, Melissa Stockwell, Serena Williams, Danica Patrick and Nicola Adams
How old was she when she first went on a yacht?
In 1996, what place did she gain in the race across the Atlantic Ocean?
What injury did she sustain during the Equator race? How might this have affected her ability on the boat?
Put into your own words what a ‘circular economy’ is.
How did Melissa become injured?
What is a ‘prosthetic’?
Name the three parts to a (para) triathlon.
Why do you think she had to ‘change legs’ for each stage of the paratriathlon?
Who was her very first coach? Do you think you would like this?
Which year did Serena win her first US open title?
What is a ‘Serena Slam’?
Why was her win at the 2017 Australian Open seen as ‘breaking a taboo’? Why do you think this was seen as unusual?
What happened when on Danica’s first go-kart trip?
Which three years was she the Grand National Champion at karting?
Why do you think so few women have competed in motor sports?
How many laps did she lead the 2005 edition of the Indy 500?
When was the ban on women’s boxing lifted? Why do you think it had been banned previously?
Why did Nicola – and her mum – need to work so many jobs?
How did she fracture her spin in 2009? Why might this been seen as ‘ironic’?
Why was her Olympic win in 2012 a landmark moment in women’s boxing?
Women In Sport:50 fearless athletes who played to win ep. 8
Episode 8 - Manon Rheaume, Deng Yaping, Valentina Vezzali, Katherine Grainger and Influential Sports Teams
Which position did she play in?
What happened in the match when she was hit in the face with a puck?
Do you really think the men would feel ‘embarrassed’ about not scoring against a woman player?
Name two of the pro hockey teams she played for
Why did the table tennis community not always take her seriously?
What medals did she win at the 1992 Olympics?
How old was she when she retired? Do you find this surprising?
What did she concentrate once she was no longer competing?
What are the names of the 3 types of fencing weapons?
Why was the 2008 Olympics different for her as a person?
Which medals did she win in 2012? Why was this significant?
Find the word that means ‘voted for’ in the final part.
In which subject does she has a PhD?
Where did she win the Eva Bailey Trophy, and what was it for?
Who was her partner at the 2012 Olympics?
Why do you think she decided to make a ‘comeback’ in 2016?
Influential Sports Teams
Which sport did the Bloomer Girls participate in?
Find out what ‘bloomers’ are and why that might have been their nickname?
At which university would you have found the Tigerbelles?
Who was their coach?
How many people watched the 2015 Women’s Football World cup?
Do you think it is fair that men and women are paid differently for playing exactly the same game?
Which countries did some of the Olympic refugee team come from?
Why would the Olympic committee allow them to participate even though they probably would not win?
Women In Sport:50 fearless athletes who played to win ep. 7
Episode 7 - Kim Soo-Nyung, Kristi Yamaguchi, Layne Beachley, Mia Hamm and Lisa Leslie
How many medals did she win at the Seoul Olympics in 1988?
Who beat her in the 1992 Olympics? Do you think this made the result easier or harder to take?
How old was she when she decided to retire? Do you think people thought this was a wise decision?
Considering she won a Bronze medal on her ‘comeback’ do you think the sport was worse off without her?
What was the history of Kristi’s family in America?
Do you think skating was thought as a suitable sport for her? What physical problems did she have?
Who was her skating partner? Why might they have parted ways?
“The melodies were written on her skates” How does this describe how she danced to the music?
What personal event motivated her as a child?
When did she win her first professional surfing competition?
How many times in a row did she win the World Championship?
Now that she has retired, what does she do?
Why did Mia pause her studies in 1991?
What footballing world record did she achieve in 1999?
Why did FIFA want the World Cup moved to different venues?
What did Mia set up in 2001?
At 12 years old, how tall was Lisa? How tall are most 12 year old girls?
What happened at the 1996 Olympics?
Which club team did she play basketball for?
What is an MBA? What did Lisa do with hers?
Roald Dahl's "Dirty Beasts" episode 3
This is the final part of three installments of my reading of Roald Dahl's "Dirty Beasts". In this podcast I read aloud the tales of The Cow, The Toad & The Snail and The Tummy Beast.
If you would like to listen to each poem in isolation poem one starts straight after the intro music, poem 2 starts at 4:00 and poem 3 begins at 14:20.
How old was the cow when it came to stay?
What colour were her wings?
Which word tells you that she was flying very fast?
Do you think the man deserved his punishment? Do you think birds do this on purpose too?
The Toad and The Snail
To describe the toad’s size, what other animal does the narrator compare it to?
Why did the boy not like sitting on the toad’s back?
Find three synonyms for the word ‘clung’.
“His face all wreathed in smiles” What does ‘wreathed’ mean? What does this tell you about the attitude of the frog at that moment?
How do you know that the place in France they had landed in was very, very quiet?
The narrator says they were ‘brandishing’ knives. Find out its meaning and think about what this tells you about the inhabitants’ feelings.
Which parts of the frog do the French supposedly like to eat?
Why do you think the toad turned into a snail, even though he knew they would still want to eat him?
“I murmured through quivering lips” How does the phrases describe the sound of the boy’s voice and the shape of his mouth?
Is the Roly-Poly Bird real?
The end of the poem refers to “Wonderland” Research what this poem has in common with “Alice in Wonderland”
The Tummy Beast
What does the person in his tummy tell him to do?
What does the word ‘asinine’ mean?
List the onomatopoeia found in the poem
How do you feel towards the narrator and mummy at the end? Whose side are you on?
Roald Dahl's "Dirty Beasts" episode 2
This is the second part of three installments of my reading of Roald Dahl's "Dirty Beasts". In this podcast I read aloud the tales of The Scorpion, the Ant-Eater and The Porcupine.
If you would like to listen to each poem in isolation poem one starts straight after the intro music, poem 2 starts at 3:15 and poem 3 begins at 9:30.
What does the phrase ‘armour plate’ tell you about the scorpion’s body?
How would your face look if you were scowling?
Where does the child say the scorpion is in their bed?
Find the word in the second part of the poem which means the same as ‘rump’ in the first part.
Find the word that tells you that Roy was rather large?
Which of Roy’s toys would you like to have had instead of him?
Who did Roy’s dad contact in order to find an ant-eater?
Find out how much 50,000 rupees is in pounds. Is this a lot of money for a pet?
Why was the ant-eater so hungry in the first place?
What was Roy’s aunt’s name?
What is the grammatical term for two words that look different but have the same sound e.g. sea and see ?
What do you think might have happened after the poem ended? Create two more rhyming lines to give the poem the ending you want!
Which day of the week does the narrator get their pocket money?
What do they buy from the sweet shop?
Do you think visiting the dentists is the best idea? Who else might have been able to help?
Which word does the dentist say that mean ‘payment’ or ‘price’?
A guinea is an old fashioned coin. Find out how much 50 of these would have been.
How do you think the narrator is going to change their ways from now on?
Roald Dahl's "Dirty Beasts" episode 1
Last year for Roald Dahl Day I gave you "Revolting Rhymes, this year I give you another three installments this time reading aloud "Dirty Beasts". In this podcast I read aloud the tales of The Pig, The Crocodile and The Lion.
If you would like to listen to each poem in isolation poem; one starts straight after the intro music, poem 2 starts at 4:30 and poem 3 begins at 6:30. Enjoy!
How do you know the pig was clever?
“He jumped up like a ballet dancer” How does that describe his movement?
What are chitterlings?
“Because there was so much to eat” What does this phrase tell you about what the farmer may have looked like?
Try to think of a synonym for ‘remorse’
How does the name “Crocky-Wock” compare with his attitude? What name would you chose instead?
Which sauces does the crocodile eat with the girls and boys?
Who do you think is saying the second part of the poem?
What parts of the crocodile does the poem describe?
What does the word ‘tender’ mean when describing meat?
Make a list of the different meats in the poem. Can you think of anything else they might like?
If the lion said this to you what would you do?