Granny and Rosie were looking for something to do. “I wish the sun would shine so we could go to the seaside,” Rosie said, looking out of the window at the pouring rain.
Granny laughed. “Yes,” she said. “I remember the last time we went. You used shells to write your name in big letters. Grandad was so proud of you, he went and bought you an ice-cream.” “Mmm,” Rosie said, licking her lips. She looked out of the window again hopefully, but it was still raining.
Then Granny had an idea. “I know!” she said. “Maybe there is a way we can be at the seaside—and we won’t even have to get in the car!” Rosie was puzzled, especially when Granny started messing around in her cupboards.
First Granny found an old pair of yellow curtains. “Hmmm, these curtains will be the sandy beach,” Granny said smiling.
Next came a blue bedsheet, followed by Rosie’s red bucket with the starfish on it, and a little blue spade. Lastly, Granny found a large tub of seashells that Rosie had collected some time ago and placed it beside the other things. “Now,” Granny said. “When I was a little girl, we used to play a game called Let´s pretend and that’s what we are going to play now. We are going to pretend we are at the seaside.”Rosie was starting to get the idea and jumped on to the sheet.
“Look out, Granny, or I´ll splash you!” she laughed. Then Rosie picked up her spade and pretended to dig. “I’ll make you a sandcastle, Granny!” she said cheerfully. “Thank you, Granny; I wonder what you will think of next time it rains!”
I. READING COMPREHENSIONANSWER QUESTIONS 1-3 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT. USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
1. Why did Rosie´s grandfather buy her an ice-cream?
- Little Rosie wrote her name on the beach, that’s why her grandfather was so proud that he bought her an ice-cream.
2. What did Granny find in her cupboards? Name at least three things.
- She found a pair of yellow curtains, a blue sheet, a red pail and a blue spade that were useful to pretend they were on the beach.
3. What does the game Let’s pretend consist in?
ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH THE PRECISE WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE TEXT, OR USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
4. Rosie didn’t like ice-creams.
5. Rosie felt excited when her granny started to look for things in the cupboards.
II. USE OF ENGLISH
6. FIND IN THE TEXT ONE WORD MEANING: “a tool for digging” (noun).
7. GIVE ONE SYNONYM FOR “cheerfully” (adverb) AS IT IS USED IN THE TEXT (LINE 17).
8. GIVE A NOUN WITH THE SAME ROOT AS “pretend” (verb).
9. WHICH WORD DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME MEANING?
- increase / grow / rise / involve
10. FILL IN THE GAP WITH THE CORRECT OPTION: (it would stop raining / it stop raining / it stop rain)
I wish the sun would shine.
- If only it would stop raining.
11. COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONAL SENTENCE:
- If it hadn’t rained, we would/could have gone to the beach.
12. TURN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE INTO REPORTED SPEECH:
“There is a way we can be at the seaside,” Granny said.
13. USE THE WORDS IN THE BOXES TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL SENTENCE. USE ALL AND ONLY THE WORDS IN THE BOXES WITHOUT CHANGING THEIR FORM.
was sandcastle it to great make a