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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

Questions & Answers

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Damian Reply
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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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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