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English home language

Grade 4


Module 24

Compare the wobblefluffs and skinnibones

  • Let’s see if you are able to identify main ideas from the passage. Compare the Skinnibones to the Wobblefluffs in summary form.


key headings
physical appearance
theyspeak . . .
food intake
unusual habits

Activity 1

Use information from a text to make conclusions [lo 5.3.6]

  • The inhabitants of Skinnibones Land are surrounded by everything that is long and thin, e.g. needles. The Wobblefluffs are surrounded by large, round objects. Brainstorm in your groups and see how many ideas you can think of!

NB Use your dictionary to help you spell challenging words.

Activity 2

To describe an imaginary person [lo 4.1.1]


  • Invent your own unusual character. Give your person an interesting name. Include the following in your paragraph: describe their appearance, unique habits, their homes, likes and dislikes.

Ideas of names: Nobbilinocks





Language (capital letters and full stops) 1 2 3 4 5
Spelling 1 2 3 4 5
Use of descriptive words. 1 2 3 4 5

My unique person is …………………………………and he/she looks like this:

Activity 3

To read for detail [lo 3.1.3]

Read this delightful passage:


Many years ago in the land of Castalia, word spread that the King and Queen were expecting a little baby. Everyone was overjoyed to hear the news, except a young servant, Alcmene, who worked in the palace. Alcmene’s husband had died in the war and she was sad because she would never have a child of her own.

The gods on Mount Olympus noticed how sad she was, especially Zeus, who was the most powerful god. Zeus felt compassion for her and granted Alcmene the child she had always longed for.

Alcmene proudly held her baby in her arms and said, “You’re such a big strong boy. I’m going to name you Heracles.”

(Retold by the author, original writer unknown)

  1. Why were the King and Queen so happy?


  1. How did Alcmene feel when she heard the ‘palace news’?


  1. Clearly explain her reason for feeling this way.


  1. Who was Zeus and where did he live?


  1. How was Zeus able to help Alcmene?


  1. What does the name Heracles mean?


  1. Find a word from the passage which means the same as:
  1. excited
  2. infant
  3. pity



LEARNING OUTCOME 3: READING AND VIEWING The learner is able to read and view for information and enjoyment, and to respond critically to the aesthetic, cultural and emotional values in texts.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

3.1 reads a variety of South African and international fiction and non-fiction texts for different purposes (e.g. poems, stories, myths, brochures, reference books and text-books);

  • scans for specific details.

LEARNING OUTCOME 4: WRITING The learner is able to write different kinds of factual and imaginative texts for a wide range of purposes.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

4.1 writes different kinds of texts for different purposes and audience:

4.1.1 writes for personal, exploratory, playful, imaginative and creative purpose (e.g. letters, descriptive paragraphs, limericks).

LEARNING OUTCOME 5: THINKING AND REASONING The learner is able to use language to think and reason, as well as to access, process and use information for learning.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

5.3 processes information:

5.3.6 makes judgements based on the information and draws conclusions.


Comparison of skinnybones to wobblefluffs

physical appearance Very tallThin (narrow beds) Big people
they speak… Very fast; leave out words Take their time; like telling jokes
personality Like working hard.Very organised and disciplined Relaxed, fun-loving, sociable
food intake Eat what is necessary to keep going. No delicacies or sweet things. Eat quickly. Enjoy food.Eat every hour.
unusual habits Stand while eating.No sweet and cake shops.When they make appointments they define the time limits exactly. Eat every hour and then take a nap.

Activity 3

1. They were expecting a baby.

2. She was sad because her husband had died in the war and she would never have her own child.

3. She would not be able to have a baby if she had no husband.

4. Zeus was the most powerful god and he lived on Mount Olympus.

5. He was a powerful god and made her wish to have a baby come true.

6. Something like: The strong one ( strong ).

7. (a) overjoyed

(b) baby

(c) compassion

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Source:  OpenStax, English home language grade 4. OpenStax CNX. Sep 18, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11092/1.1
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