Go(a)t Milk!? [ 55-minute lesson]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Written by Adriana Menoli

 

I. WARM UP QUESTIONS

 Instructions - Discuss the questions below.

1. Talk about the pictures below. What do you see?

   

2. How do you usually commute to work/school?

3. How long is your commute?

4. What do you usually look forward to doing after a tough workweek?

5. Have you ever received a free sample in the mail? What was it? Did you use it? If not, what would you do if you received one?

6. In your opinion, are free samples a good marketing strategy? Explain.

7. Have you ever tried goat milk? If so, how did it taste? If not, would you like to try it?

8. Would you prepare food with goat milk? Why?

 

II - PRE-READING VOCABULARY

Instructions: Write the correct answer on the line.

bash (n.) - leftovers (n.) - cramps (n.) - under the weather (id.) - label (n.) - sample (n.)

 

                          

1..........................              2............................                3................................

 

                                      

4.........................                5..............................             6..............................

 

III. PRE-READING

 

   Instructions - Look at the pictures again and answer the questions below.

 

      

 

1. What do you think this story is about?

2. Can you guess what happens?

3. Based on the pictures, create a new title for the story.

4. Now read the story.

 

IV. TEXT

 

      It was Friday evening and the day before John’s birthday. John commuted back home after a tough day at the office. His busy workweek had finally finished. John was really looking forward to his birthday bash the next day.

 

    John remembered he still had one more task to do. He had to check his mailbox because his boss had mailed a document to him. John opened his mailbox and the document was there. “Great! Now I can start preparing my tomorrow’s birthday bash”, John thought. As he was locking his mailbox, he noticed that there was a free sample in it. John skimmed through the label of the free sample and in bold capital letters were the words: “with goat milk”. “Wow, this is my lucky day. I can use this free sample of goat milk to make my birthday cake!”, John thought.

 

     The next day John made the cake with the free sample of goat milk. The cake looked fluffy and smelled delicious. John was really proud of his cake, even more so because he had little baking experience. All his guests arrived at around 7PM. They ate up the cake. There were no leftovers. All guests left at around midnight.

 

    John went to bed at around 1AM and when he was about to fall asleep, he started experiencing severe stomach cramps. He went to the bathroom and threw up many times throughout the night. He was awake the entire night.

 

     The next day John was feeling under the weather. He decided to spend the day lying in bed. He turned on the TV to watch the local news. The TV anchor was talking about the free sample of goat milk. Everybody in John’s town had received free samples of shampoo with goat milk in it and many people had accidentally ingested the shampoo because they thought it was drinkable goat milk. John finally realized why he had had stomach cramps the night before.

 

 

    What can we learn from John’s story? John didn’t pay close attention to the information on the label and paid a high price for his carelessness. It is very important to read labels carefully and never use shampoo to make cakes!

 

V. POST-READING

 

 

A. COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

Instructions - Read the questions. What is the meaning of the words in bold? Answer the questions.

 

1. Do people commute when they travel to or from work/school or when they travel on vacation?

2. John’s busy workweek had finally finished. Did John have many things to do or just a few things to do?

3. John commuted back home after a tough day at the office. Was his day at the office difficult or relaxing?

4. John was really looking forward to his birthday bash the next day. Was John excited about his birthday party, or was he sad about his birthday party?

5. Is a bash a fun social event or a boring business meeting?

6. Friday was the day before John’s birthday. Was John’s birthday on Thursday or on Saturday?

7. John’s boss had mailed a document to him. Did John’s boss hand in the document to John, or did he send it in the mail?

8. Is a sample a small amount of something or a large amount of something?

9. The cake looked fluffy. Was the cake soft or hard?

10. Do we use “even more so” to emphasize something or to de-emphasize something?

11. The guests ate up the cake. Were there leftovers, or did they eat the entire cake?

12. John had severe stomach cramps. Did he have strong stomach pain or slight stomach pain?

13. John decided to spend the day lying in bed. Did John stay at home, or did he go out?

14. Many people had accidentally ingested the shampoo. Did people drink the shampoo on purpose or by mistake?

15. Many people thought the “goat milk” was drinkable. Did they think it was something to drink or something to wash their hair with?

 

B. TRUE (T) OR FALSE (F)?

 

 

 Instructions - If a sentence is true, choose T. If a sentence is false, choose F and correct the sentence.

 

1. It was Friday evening and the day after John’s birthday. 

2. John’s workweek was very busy. 

3. John’s boss had mailed a document to John. 

4. There was a free sample in John’s mailbox. 

5. John used the free sample of “goat milk” to make his birthday cake. 

6. All guests arrived at around midnight. 

7. John started experiencing severe stomach cramps during the party. 

8. John slept the entire night. 

9. John was feeling energetic on Sunday. 

10. John paid close attention to the information on the label. 

11. John paid a high price for his carelessness. 

 

C. UNDERSTANDING EXPRESSIONS

Instructions - Circle the letter of the best answer. 

 

1. John was really looking forward to his birthday bash the next day.

a. John was really excited about his birthday party the next day.

b. John was really pessimistic about his birthday party the next day.

c. John was looking for guests to attend his birthday bash the next day.

d. John was neither excited nor sad about his birthday bash the next day.

 

2. John skimmed through the label and in bold capital letters were the words: “with goat milk”.

a. John looked at the label carefully and in small, light letters were the words: “with milk”.

b. John looked at the label quickly and in big, dark letters were the words: “with milk”.

c. John looked at the label carefully and in big, dark letters were the words: “with milk”.

d. John looked at the label quickly and in small, light letters were the words: “with milk”.

 

3. John was really proud of his cake.

a. John was really disappointed about his cake.

b. John was really pleased with his cake.

c. John was neither dissatisfied nor pleased with his cake.

d. John was really dissatisfied with his cake.

 

4. John was awake the entire night.

a. John slept a little bit the whole night.

b. John slept and woke up many times during the night.

c. John woke up during the night.

d. John couldn’t sleep the whole night.

 

5. John was feeling under the weather.

a. John was worried about the bad weather.

b. John thought that the weather had caused his cramps.

c. John was feeling energetic.

d. John was feeling sick.

 

6. John didn’t pay close attention to the information on the label.

a. John read the information on the label slowly and carefully.

b. John read the information on the label quickly.

c. John thought he had to pay to read the information on the label.

d. John didn’t like the information he read on the label.

 

7. John paid a high price for his carelessness.

a. John had to pay for the sample because of his lack of attention.

b. John experienced severe stomach cramps because of his lack of attention.

c. John bought the sample and it was very expensive.

d. John paid much money for his birthday cake.

 

D. FINDING INFORMATION

Instructions - Find the word/expression in the story that shows that:

Example: John’s birthday was on Saturday: It was Friday evening and the day before John’s birthday.

1. John worked...............................
2. John received his mail.......................
3. John didn’t pay for the sample..................
4. John didn’t read the label carefully...............................
5. The cake seemed really soft............................
6. John was not an experienced baker.....................
7. The bash started at around 7PM...........................
8. The guests ate up the cake......................
9. The party ended at around midnight..............................
10. John was in pain....................
11. John vomited multiple times.....................
12. John couldn’t sleep....................
13. John was feeling sick on Sunday.................
14. Many more people had received the free sample as well..................
15. Many people thought the shampoo was goat milk............
16. John could explain his cramps.....................

 

E. UNDERSTANDING CAUSE AND EFFECT

Instructions - Find the best way to complete each sentence. Write the letter of your answer on the dotted line.

1. John was looking forward to the weekend.......

2. John checked his mailbox...........

3. John didn’t have to pay for the “goat milk”................

4. John decided to put “got milk” into his cake.................

5. John was proud of his cake..........

6. There were no leftovers.............

7. John was awake the entire night..............

8. John didn’t pay close attention to the label........

9. John decided to spend his Sunday lying in bed...........

10. Many people accidentally ingested the free sample...............

11. John paid a high price for his carelessness.........

 

a. because he had received a free sample of “goat milk”.

b. because the guests ate up the cake.

c. because he was waiting for a document his boss had mailed to him.

d. because it was a free sample.

e. because of his birthday bash on Saturday.

f. because he skimmed through it.

g. because it looked fluffy and smelled delicious.

h. because they didn’t know the free sample was a shampoo.

i. because he had severe stomach cramps and threw up many times.

j. because he didn’t pay close attention to the label.

k. because he was feeling under the weather.

 

VI. GRAMMAR

 

A. FINDING GRAMMAR MISTAKES

Instructions - Each sentence has one grammar mistake. Find the mistake and cross it out. Write the correct sentence.

 

1. John was really looked forward to his birthday bash the next day.

2. John was really looking forward to her birthday bash the next day.

3. John opened his mailbox and the document is there.

4. I can to use this free sample of goat milk to make my birthday cake.

5. John turned off the TV to watch the local news.

6. Many people had accidentally ingest the shampoo.

7. John didn’t paid close attention to the information on the label.

 

B. UNDERSTANDING PAST PERFECT

Instructions - Write sentences using the past perfect tense. Use “because” to connect the sentences.

Example: John was feeling under the weather. John threw up many times.

John was feeling under the weather because he had thrown up many times.

 

1. John commuted back home. His work day finished.

2. John made a cake with “goat milk” in it. John received a free sample of “goat milk”.

3. John thought it was his lucky day. He received the document and a free sample of “goat milk” in the mail.

4. There were no leftovers. His guests ate up the cake.

5. A document was in John’s mailbox. John’s boss mailed a document to him.

6. John went to bed at around 1AM. All guests left at around midnight.

7. John was looking forward to the weekend. John had a busy week at the office.

8. John had severe stomach cramps. John ate cake with “goat milk” in it.

9. Many people accidentally ingested the shampoo. They thought the shampoo was drinkable goat milk.

10. The TV anchor was talking about the free sample of goat milk. Everybody in John’s town received free samples of shampoo with goat milk in it.

 

VII - WRITING

 

A. WRITING SENTENCES

Instructions - Write sentences using the pictures below. Use the vocabulary in the story.

 

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2..............................................................................................

3.................................................................................................

4..................................................................................................

5........................................................................................

  6............................................................................................

7.........................................................................................

8............................................................................................

 

B. WRITING THE STORY IN THE PRESENT TENSE

Instructions - Write the story in your own words using the present tense.

        

 

       

             

It is Friday evening.................................................................

 

VIII - WRAP-UP QUESTIONS

Instructions - Think about these questions. Discuss your answers with your teacher.

1. Did you like John’s story? Why/not?

2. Could you get the hidden humor behind the original title?

3. Did you predict John’s story correctly? Why/not?

4. Do you usually use  leftovers to prepare food?

5. Do you usually skim through labels or read them carefully? Are you going to start reading labels more carefully after John’s story?

6. Have you ever experienced severe cramps? Explain.

7. Have you ever  thrown up multiple times? Explain.

8. Have you ever accidentally ingested something improper for consumption? Explain.

9. Have you ever been awake for an entire night? Explain.

10. When was the last time you felt under the weather? Explain.

11. Have you ever had to pay a high price for something? Explain.

12. Have you ever skimmed through information and made a funny (or even tragic!) mistake? Share your story.

 

IX - INVENTION PROJECT FOR KIDS

Instructions - Read the information below.

 

Imagine you want to invent something with a very cool label on it. Do you have an idea for an invention? Draw a picture of your invention and its label. Give it a name. What does your invention do? Write about it.

 

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