Answer Key: Where the Wild Things Play

Lesson Plan: How Animals Play and What We Can Learn From Them

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. theme park |ˈTHēm ˌpärk| noun  an amusement park with a unifying setting or idea.
  2. dolphin |ˈdälfən| noun 1 a small gregarious toothed whale that typically has a beaklike snout and a curved fin on the back. Dolphins have become well known for their sociable nature and high intelligence.
  3. amusement |əˈmyo͞ozmənt| noun the state or experience of finding something funny: we looked with amusement at our horoscopes.
  4. frolicking  |ˈfrälik| verb (frolics, frolicking, frolicked) [no object] (of an animal or person) play and move about cheerfully, excitedly, or energetically: Edward frolicked on the sand.
  5. fawn 1 |fôn| noun 1 a young deer in its first year.
  6. discern |dəˈsərn| verb [with object] perceive or recognize (something): I can discern no difference between the two policies | [with clause] : students quickly discern what is acceptable to the teacher.
  7. sophisticated |səˈfistəˌkādəd| adjective (of a person or their thoughts, reactions, and understanding) aware of and able to interpret complex issues; subtle: discussion and reflection are necessary for a sophisticated response to a text.
  8. malicious |məˈliSHəs| adjective – characterized by malice; intending or intended to do harm: malicious destruction of property | the transmission of malicious software such as computer viruses.
  9. juvenile |ˈjo͞ovəˌnīlˈjo͞ovənl| adjective -• relating to young birds or other animals.
  10. fundamental |ˌfəndəˈmen(t)əl| adjectiv-  affecting or relating to the essential nature of something or the crucial point about an issue: the fundamental problem remains that of the housing shortage.


Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I-1- develops

Human play develops predictably as we get older.

II – 1-Dolphins

Dolphins are not the only animals that like to play.

III – 1-decades

Marc Bekoff has spent decades watching juvenile coyotes.


True /False/NA-Statements

F- The author first learned about dolphin behavior in college.

F- To the author, observing dolphins can be dull.

F- Language, consciousness, communication are easier to study if the animal thinks it’s playing a game.

T- You cannot force a dolphin to do anything.

T-The author co-wrote a paper about the odd bubble rings they [dolphins] blow and play with.

F- A kitten chases string so that one day it can chase a mouse.

F- New Zealand keas are large parrots.

T- Keas are native to the high mountains.

F- Keas are most dominant as juveniles.

T-Fairness and turn-taking are key to animal play.