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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day. This day celebrates one of childhood’s make-believe visitors. Others include Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy comes in the middle of the night after a child loses a milk tooth. Parents tell the child to put the tooth under his or her pillow and in the morning they will find some money from the Tooth Fairy. Of course, in reality, parents sneak into the room and replace the tooth with the cash. This part of growing up makes children worry a little less about losing a tooth. They are more excited about the Tooth Fairy’s visit and how much money she’ll leave. National Tooth Fairy Day is also a good day to make sure children understand the importance of brushing their teeth regularly.

No one knows the real origins of the Tooth Fairy. It started in Europe hundreds of years ago and spread around the world. There are different traditions in other countries for when a child’s tooth falls out. In Japan, children throw a lower baby tooth up onto the roof so the next tooth grows healthily upwards; an upper tooth goes under the house so the new adult tooth grows downwards. Korea and Vietnam have similar customs. In parts of India, children wrap their milk teeth in cotton and offer it to the sun. In many parts of Europe, a fairy mouse takes away the teeth. This may be because mice have strong teeth that never stop growing. What happens in your country when a child loses a tooth?

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

one of childhood’s make-

a.

room and replace the tooth

2

The Tooth Fairy comes in

b.

believe visitors

3.

they will find some money

c.

the Tooth Fairy’s visit

4.

parents sneak into the

d.

of brushing their teeth

5.

They are more excited about

e.

the middle of the night

6.

children understand the importance

f.

from the Tooth Fairy

 

Paragraph 2

1.

No one knows the real origins

a.

grows downwards

2

There are different traditions

b.

out

3.

when a child’s tooth falls

c.

never stop growing

4.

the new adult tooth

d.

of the Tooth Fairy

5.

children wrap their milk teeth

e.

in other countries

6.

mice have strong teeth that

f.

in cotton


LISTENING GAP FILL

February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day. This day celebrates one of childhood’s _______________ visitors. Others include Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy comes in the middle of the night after a child loses _______________. Parents tell the child to put the tooth under his or her pillow and in the morning they will find some money from the Tooth Fairy. Of course, in reality, _______________ into the room and replace the tooth with the cash. This part of _______________ makes children worry a little less about losing a tooth. They are more excited about the Tooth Fairy’s visit and how much _________________. National Tooth Fairy Day is also a good day to make sure children understand _______________ brushing their teeth regularly.

No one knows the _______________ the Tooth Fairy. It started in Europe hundreds of years ago and spread around the world. There are _________________ in other countries for when a child’s tooth falls out. In Japan, children throw a lower baby tooth up onto the roof so the next tooth _______________ upwards; an upper tooth goes under the house so the new adult tooth grows downwards. Korea and Vietnam have _______________. In parts of India, children wrap their milk teeth in cotton and offer it to the sun. In _______________ Europe, a fairy mouse takes away the teeth. This may be because mice have strong teeth that __________________. What happens in your country when a child loses a tooth?


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day. This day celebrates one of childhood’s make-__________ visitors. Others include Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy comes in the __________ of the night after a child loses a milk tooth. Parents tell the child to put the tooth under his or her __________ and in the morning they will find some money from the Tooth Fairy. Of course, in __________, parents sneak into the room and __________ the tooth with the cash. This part of growing up makes children worry a little __________ about losing a tooth. They are more excited about the Tooth Fairy’s visit and how much money she’ll __________. National Tooth Fairy Day is also a good day to make sure children understand the importance of brushing their teeth __________.

 

 

 

less
pillow
replace
leave
believe
reality
regularly
middle

No one knows the real __________ of the Tooth Fairy. It started in Europe hundreds of years ago and spread around the world. There are different __________ in other countries for when a child’s tooth falls out. In Japan, children __________ a lower baby tooth up onto the roof so the next tooth grows healthily upwards; an upper tooth goes under the house so the new adult tooth __________ downwards. Korea and Vietnam have __________ customs. In parts of India, children __________ their milk teeth in cotton and offer it to the sun. In many parts of Europe, a fairy mouse __________ away the teeth. This may be because mice have __________ teeth that never stop growing. What happens in your country when a child loses a tooth?

 

 

takes
 
traditions
similar
grows
origins
strong
wrap
throw


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day. This day / days celebrates one of childhood’s make-believe / I believe visitors. Others include Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy comes in the middle / mid of the night after a child loses / lose a milk tooth. Parents tell the child to put the tooth under his or her pillow and in the morning they will find some money from the Tooth Fairy. Of course, in reality / really, parents sneak into the room and replace the tooth with the cashed / cash. This part of growing up makes children worry a little less about losing a tooth. They are more excited about the Tooth Fairy’s visit / visitor and how much money she’ll leave. National Tooth Fairy Day is also a good day to make sure children understand the importance of brushing their teeth regulations / regularly.

No one knows the real original / origins of the Tooth Fairy. It started in Europe hundreds of years ago and spread / spreading around the world. There are different traditions in other countries for when a child’s tooth falls in / out. In Japan, children throw a lower baby tooth up onto the roof / ceiling so the next tooth grows healthily upwards; an upper tooth goes under the house so the new adult tooth growth / grows downwards. Korea and Vietnam have similar customs. In parts of India, children wrap they / their milk teeth in cotton and offer it to the sun. In many parts of Europe, a fairy mouse takes away the teeth. This may be because mice / mouse have strong teeth that never stop growing. What happens in your country when a child loses a tooth / teeth?


MULTIPLE CHOICE

February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day. This day celebrates one of childhood’s make-(1) ____ visitors. Others include Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy comes in the middle of the night after a child (2) ____ a milk tooth. Parents tell the child to put the tooth under his or her pillow and in the morning they will find (3) ____ money from the Tooth Fairy. Of course, in reality, parents sneak into the room and (4) ____ the tooth with the cash. This part of growing up makes children (5) ____ a little less about losing a tooth. They are more excited about the Tooth Fairy’s visit and how much money she’ll leave. National Tooth Fairy Day is also a good day to make sure children understand the (6) ____ of brushing their teeth regularly.

No one knows the real (7) ____ of the Tooth Fairy. It started in Europe hundreds of years ago and spread around the world. There are different    (8) ____ in other countries for when a child’s tooth falls out. In Japan, children throw a lower baby tooth up onto the roof so the next tooth grows (9) ____ upwards; an upper tooth goes under the house so the new adult tooth grows downwards. Korea and Vietnam have similar customs. In parts of India, children (10) ____ their milk teeth in cotton and offer it to the sun. In many parts of Europe, a fairy mouse takes (11) ____ the teeth. This may be because mice have strong teeth that never stop growing. What (12) ____ in your country when a child loses a tooth?

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

belief

(b)

believer

(c)

believes

(d)

believe

2.

(a)

lost

(b)

loses

(c)

losing

(d)

loser

3.

(a)

sum

(b)

many

(c)

some

(d)

so

4.

(a)

replace

(b)

replacement

(c)

replaced

(d)

replaces

5.

(a)

worrying

(b)

worrisome

(c)

worries

(d)

worry

6.

(a)

important

(b)

import

(c)

importance

(d)

importantly

7.

(a)

original

(b)

origins

(c)

originality

(d)

originally

8.

(a)

traditions

(b)

tradition

(c)

traditionally

(d)

traditional

9.

(a)

health

(b)

healthily

(c)

healthy

(d)

healthier

10.

(a)

wrapping

(b)

wrapper

(c)

wrap

(d)

wraps

11.

(a)

abroad

(b)

off

(c)

aside

(d)

away

12.

(a)

happens

(b)

happen

(c)

happening

(d)

happenings


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

childhood’s make-believe virstosi

2.

in the emlidd of the night

3.

put the tooth under his or her iplolw

4.

parents nskae into the room

5.

sgniol a tooth

6.

rgisbunh their teeth

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the real rginois of the Tooth Fairy

8.

different idantsoitr

9.

the next tooth grows aielylhth upwards

10.

laiirsm customs

11.

mice have rognts teeth

12.

a child sseol a tooth


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

mouse takes away the teeth. This may be because mice have strong teeth that never stop

(    )

Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy comes in the middle of the night after a child loses a milk

(    )

goes under the house so the new adult tooth grows downwards. Korea and Vietnam have similar customs. In

(    )

growing. What happens in your country when a child loses a tooth?

(    )

around the world. There are different traditions in other countries for when a child’s tooth falls out. In Japan,

(    )

visit and how much money she’ll leave. National Tooth Fairy Day is also a good day to make

(    )

parts of India, children wrap their milk teeth in cotton and offer it to the sun. In many parts of Europe, a fairy

(    )

money from the Tooth Fairy. Of course, in reality, parents sneak into the room and replace the tooth with the cash. This part

(    )

tooth. Parents tell the child to put the tooth under his or her pillow and in the morning they will find some

1  )

February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day. This day celebrates one of childhood’s make-believe visitors. Others include

(    )

No one knows the real origins of the Tooth Fairy. It started in Europe hundreds of years ago and spread

(    )

children throw a lower baby tooth up onto the roof so the next tooth grows healthily upwards; an upper tooth

(    )

of growing up makes children worry a little less about losing a tooth. They are more excited about the Tooth Fairy’s

(    )

sure children understand the importance of brushing their teeth regularly.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

-    visitors    of    make    believe    one    childhood’s

2.

comes    middle    night    Fairy    the    the    Tooth    in    of    The

3.

the    the    tooth    room    parents    and    sneak    replace    into

4.

a    little    tooth    less    children    about    worry    losing    a

5.

their    regularly    importance    brushing    teeth    the    of

6.

Fairy    knows    origins    Tooth    one    real    the    No    the    of

7.

different    in    countries    are    traditions    other    There

8.

a    tooth    the    throw    baby    onto    children    lower    up    roof

9.

teeth    cotton    wrap    milk    in    children    their

10.

growing    stop    never    that    teeth    strong    have    mice


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


THE NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about National Tooth Fairy Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about National Tooth Fairy Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about National Tooth Fairy Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about National Tooth Fairy Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about National Tooth Fairy Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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