Comparing animals random pelmanism

Names of animals/ Comparing and contrasting/ FCE Speaking Part Two

Objective First Unit 4

Spread the cards across the table or look at a copy of the worksheet. Choose two cards and make three comparisons between those two creatures. If your partner agrees with what you say and you have used different phrases from what people have said before, you can keep those cards and get one point. Suggested comparisons:

  1. Summary of how similar or different they are overall
  2. The most important, biggest or most obvious similarity or difference
  3. Another similarity or difference
Suggested comparing phrases

Summary of how similar or different they are overall

Overall,…

In general,…

…have a lot/ quite a lot/ very little/ almost nothing/ nothing in common.

They are completely/ almost completely/ very/ fairly + similar/ different.

The most important, biggest etc similarity or difference

The biggest/ The most important/ The most striking/ The most obvious/ The only + similarity/ difference/ shared feature/ thing that they have in common is…

Another similarity or difference

A big/ An important/ A striking/ An obvious/ Another + similarity/ difference/ thing that they have in common + is…

… but…/ In contrast,…/ … whereas…

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Animals to compare 

albatross

 

alligator bat bee
beetle

 

bird bug butterfly
calf

 

caterpillar cockroach crab
crocodile

 

crow cub deer
dog

 

donkey dove duck
eel

 

flea frog goat
goldfish

 

goose hippo hornet
horse

 

insect killer whale kitten
koi

 

ladybird ladybug lamb
lizard

 

lobster mosquito moth
mussel

 

octopus orca oyster
pig

 

pigeon prawn puppy
reindeer

 

rhino seagull shark
sheep

 

shrimp slug snail
snake

 

sparrow squid swan
tadpole

 

wasp whale wild boar
wolf

 

(earth)worm wild cat street cat

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Comparing/ contrasting phrases presentation

Without looking above, brainstorm phrases into these three categories from above

Summary of how similar or different they are overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most important, biggest etc similarity or difference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another similarity or difference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compare your phrases with those above, then brainstorm more.  

Check your ideas for extra phrases as a class. 

Ask about any animal words which you don’t (fully) understand, working together as a class to brainstorming similarities and differences with other animals.

Work together to describe the differences between the words on one line. Sometimes the difference is only very small.

  • albatross/ seagull
  • alligator/ crocodile
  • bat/ bird
  • bee/ wasp/ hornet
  • bug/ insect
  • butterfly/ moth/ caterpillar
  • calf/ cub/ lamb/ kitten/ puppy
  • cockroach/ beetle
  • crab/ lobster
  • crow/ sparrow
  • deer/ reindeer
  • dog/ wolf
  • donkey/ horse
  • dove/ pigeon
  • duck/ goose/ swan
  • eel/ (earth)worm
  • flea/ mosquito
  • frog/ tadpole
  • goat/ sheep
  • goldfish/ koi
  • hippo/ rhino
  • killer whale/ orca
  • ladybird/ ladybug
  • lizard/ snake
  • mussel/ oyster
  • octopus/ squid
  • pig/ wild boar
  • prawn/ shrimp
  • shark/ whale
  • snail/ slug
  • street cat/ wild cat

Use similar language to compare two photos, e.g. two nature photos or two FCE Speaking Part Two photos.

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