#7. Gussy's New Family

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Published: 3.24.2020
Level 4   |   Time: 2:41
Accent: American
Source: Charlotte's Web

(7 of 20) Gussy the Goose and the Gander welcome their new baby geese into the barn.


    

triangle Directions


  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary


  • bouncy [adj] - jumps a lot
  • springy [adj] - jumps a lot
  • marvelous [adj] - great
  • a breeze [n] - a light piece of wind
  • web-spinning [exp] - web-making
  • pay off [phv] - end with good results
  • Mother Goose [n] - the famous author of children's stories
  • manage [v] - be successful
  • a dud [n] - a piece of equipment (or egg) that doesn't work properly
  • a rotten egg [n] - a bad, foul egg
  • nasty-asty [adj] - very disgusting
  • peck [v] - hit someone with a beak (bird mouth)
  • stink to high heaven [exp] - small very very bad!!
  • come in handy [exp] - be useful in the future
  • a handsome devil [exp] - a very handsome man

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


triangle Background


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Wilbur Charlotte Templeton
  • Gussy the Goose has been sitting on her eggs for many weeks.

triangle Questions


  1. It is summer.
    True
    False

  2. Wilbur was born in the spring.
    True
    False

  3. Wilbur is a bouncy pig.
    True
    False

  4. Shaving the wool off the sheep is painful for the sheep.
    True
    False

  5. Wilbur tried to make a pig web.
    True
    False

  6. Gussy laid eight eggs.
    True
    False

  7. Gussy has eight baby geese (goslings)
    True
    False

  8. Templeton steals one of Gussy's eggs.
    True
    False

  9. Templeton want to eat the egg.
    True
    False

  10. The other animals are worried that Templeton will break the egg.
    True
    False


triangle Grammar (modal verbs)


Directions: 1) Read the script and choose the modal verb or expression that best completes the sentence. 2) Listen again and check your answers.

  • And those spring days rolled into summer days, days filled with endless conversation between the two unlikeliest of friends.
  • Charlotte, what's a spring pig?
  • A pig who was born in the spring.
  • Oh. And I thought it meant bouncy.
  • That (would) be a springy pig.
  • "After Mrs. Mallard had laid eight eggs in the nest, she (couldn't) go to visit Michael anymore because she (had to) sit on the eggs to keep them warm. She moved off the nest only to get a drink of water, or to have her lunch, or to count the eggs and make sure they were all there. One day, the ducklings hatched out. First came Jack, then Kack..."
  • Yeah! Yeah! This is going to be great!
  • Wilbur, what on earth are you doing?
  • You'll see.
  • That feels marvelous! Yes, over to the left a bit. Ah, yes. Is that a breeze I feel? I'm 10 pounds lighter!
  • I'm next!
  • I'm next!
  • I'm next!
  • I'm next, too!
  • The world's first pig web! Ta-da!
  • I think you (had better) leave the web-spinning to me.
  • After weeks and weeks, and I'm talking about some long weeks of waiting and expecting, all the hard work has finally paid off.
  • Wow! Look at them! They were eggs, and now they're... They're just... Look at them! Wow, Gussy, you did a really terrific job!
  • They don't call me Mother Goose for nothing.
  • Congratulations.
  • (Would) you look at that!
  • Yes, thank you, thank you! It wasn't easy, but I managed.
  • You managed?
  • I'm kidding, honey. We managed.
  • Six, seven. Weren't there eight eggs? (Could) this be a dud?
  • Golly! Golly! Golly!
  • Whoa! Whoa, there, Father Goose! I'm just trying to help the happy couple.
  • What do you want with a rotten egg, anyway?
  • I want a rotten egg for the simple reason that... You never know.
  • This one didn't make it. I think we (have to) let it go. Oh, take it! And add it to that nasty-asty collection of yours.
  • Last one out is a rotten egg! Well, I thought it was funny.
  • I (should) have pecked him!
  • Don't you break that egg, rat.
  • A broken rotten egg (would) make this barn stink to high heaven.
  • That (would) be a change.
  • Why are you laughing, Bits? He just said we stink.
  • Oh, yeah. This is good. This (will) come in handy. You really are a handsome devil.


triangle Script




Narrator: And those spring days rolled into summer days, days filled with endless conversation between the two unlikeliest of friends.

Wilbur: Charlotte, what's a spring pig?

Charlotte: A pig who was born in the spring.

Wilbur: Oh. And I thought it meant bouncy.

Charlotte: That would be a springy pig.

Fern: "After Mrs. Mallard had laid eight eggs in the nest, she couldn't go to visit Michael anymore because she had to sit on the eggs to keep them warm. She moved off the nest only to get a drink of water, or to have her lunch, or to count the eggs and make sure they were all there. One day, the ducklings hatched out. First came Jack, then Kack..."

Wilbur: Yeah! Yeah! This is going to be great!

Charlotte: Wilbur, what on earth are you doing?

Wilbur: You'll see.

Sheep: That feels marvelous! Yes, over to the left a bit. Ah, yes. Is that a breeze I feel? I'm 10 pounds lighter!

Sheep: I'm next!

Sheep: I'm next!

Sheep: I'm next!

Sheep: I'm next, too!

Wilbur: The world's first pig web! Ta-da!

Charlotte: I think you'd better leave the web-spinning to me.

Gander: After weeks and weeks, and I'm talking about some long weeks of waiting and expecting, all the hard work has finally paid off.

Wilbur: Wow! Look at them! They were eggs, and now they're... They're just... Look at them! Wow, Gussy, you did a really terrific job!

Gussy: They don't call me Mother Goose for nothing.

Charlotte: Congratulations.

Horse: Would you look at that!

Gander: Yes, thank you, thank you! It wasn't easy, but I managed.

Gussy: You managed?

Gander: I'm kidding, honey. We managed.

Templeton: Six, seven. Weren't there eight eggs? Could this be a dud?

Gussy: Golly! Golly! Golly!

Templeton: Whoa! Whoa, there, Father Goose! I'm just trying to help the happy couple.

Gander: What do you want with a rotten egg, anyway?

Templeton: I want a rotten egg for the simple reason that... You never know.

Gussy: This one didn't make it. I think we have to let it go. Oh, take it! And add it to that nasty-asty collection of yours.

Templeton: Last one out is a rotten egg! Well, I thought it was funny.

Gussy: I should have pecked him!

Cow: Don't you break that egg, rat.

Cow: A broken rotten egg would make this barn stink to high heaven.

Templeton: That would be a change.

Cow: Why are you laughing, Bits? He just said we stink.

Templeton: Oh, yeah. This is good. This will come in handy. You really are a handsome devil.

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