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Interesting Phrases: The Wind in the Willows 1

In this worksheet, students will listen to and read an extract from 'The Wind in the Willows' and find words and phrases that capture the reader's interest and imagination.

'Interesting Phrases: The Wind in the Willows 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Listen to and Discuss Texts

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This extract is part of a story called The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Read it several times to make sure you that you understand it.

 

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The Wind in the Willows

 

 

The Mole had been spring cleaning his underground home all morning. His fine coat was splattered with whitewash, and his arms were tired. From outside his underground home, he could hear the spring calling to him. Suddenly, he threw down his brush and cried, "Hang spring cleaning." 

He charged out of the house and scrabbled through the tunnel that led to the outside world. At last, POP, the Mole came out into the sunshine. The Mole ambled along until he came to a river. He'd never seen a river before. He was fascinated by the way the water gurgled and gleamed. Mole sat on the grass and gazed at the bank opposite until a dark hole caught his eye.

"What a fine home that would make!" he thought. As he continued looking at the hole, something twinkled at him. It was an eye. An eye that belonged to a little brown face. It was the Water Rat.

 

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Now use this extract to answer the following questions. Remember you can press HELP at any time to come back to this page. You can read the extract as many times as you like.

Mole is busy painting at the beginning of the extract. The writer uses an interesting adjective (describing word) to describe the mess that Mole has made.

What is the adjective?

busy

splattered

spring cleaning

Why does Mole stop his work and go outside? 

He can hear the spring calling to him.

He is hungry.

His arms are tired.

The writer uses three verbs (action or doing words) to show us that Mole rushes to get outside. Type one of these verbs below.

Mole walked along a river. Which verb describes the noise of the water?

winked

gurgled

The writer uses the verb 'gleamed' to describe how the water is shining in the sunshine. Which other words could he have used?

Tick two boxes.

played

sparkled

shouted

glistened

The story says that once outside, "The Mole ambled along". 

To amble means to walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace.

 

Which other word means the same? Use a thesaurus to help, if you are unsure.

to rush

to stroll

Why is Mole ambling?

He can see his friend.

He is enjoying his walk.

Read these words:

BANG, tap, SPLASH, boooom

These words sound like the noise they describe. They are called onomatopoeic words.

 

Can you find the onomatopaeic word in this sentence? Type it below.

At last, POP, the Mole came out into the sunshine.

Mole was really interested in the dark hole he saw on the riverbank. It says that:

"a dark hole _____________."

 

Type the rest of the description below.

Who did the twinkling eye belong to?

  • Question 1

Mole is busy painting at the beginning of the extract. The writer uses an interesting adjective (describing word) to describe the mess that Mole has made.

What is the adjective?

CORRECT ANSWER
splattered
EDDIE SAYS
"His fine coat was splattered with whitewash".
The word 'splattered' makes us think it is messy.
  • Question 2

Why does Mole stop his work and go outside? 

CORRECT ANSWER
He can hear the spring calling to him.
EDDIE SAYS
"He could hear the spring calling to him."
The writer uses this description to pretend that the outside is alive. This is called personification.
  • Question 3

The writer uses three verbs (action or doing words) to show us that Mole rushes to get outside. Type one of these verbs below.

CORRECT ANSWER
threw
scrabbled
charged
EDDIE SAYS
"he threw down his brush"... "He charged out the house and scrabbled through the tunnel that led to the outside world."
These words help us see a picture in our heads of Mole rushing outside.
  • Question 4

Mole walked along a river. Which verb describes the noise of the water?

CORRECT ANSWER
gurgled
EDDIE SAYS
"the water gurgled"
  • Question 5

The writer uses the verb 'gleamed' to describe how the water is shining in the sunshine. Which other words could he have used?

Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
sparkled
glistened
EDDIE SAYS
'Sparkled' and 'glistened' are words that have a similar meaning to 'gleamed'.
  • Question 6

The story says that once outside, "The Mole ambled along". 

To amble means to walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace.

 

Which other word means the same? Use a thesaurus to help, if you are unsure.

CORRECT ANSWER
to stroll
EDDIE SAYS
'Stroll' means the same as 'amble', which is the opposite of rushing.
  • Question 7

Why is Mole ambling?

CORRECT ANSWER
He is enjoying his walk.
EDDIE SAYS
The writer uses the word 'ambled' to show that Mole is pleased to be outside and is enjoying being by the river.
  • Question 8

Read these words:

BANG, tap, SPLASH, boooom

These words sound like the noise they describe. They are called onomatopoeic words.

 

Can you find the onomatopaeic word in this sentence? Type it below.

At last, POP, the Mole came out into the sunshine.

CORRECT ANSWER
pop
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'POP' is a great word that describes the noise Mole makes when he comes out of his tunnel into the open.
  • Question 9

Mole was really interested in the dark hole he saw on the riverbank. It says that:

"a dark hole _____________."

 

Type the rest of the description below.

CORRECT ANSWER
caught his eye
a dark hole caught his eye.
EDDIE SAYS
This is a lovely phrase which describes how interested Mole felt when he saw the mysterious hole.
  • Question 10

Who did the twinkling eye belong to?

CORRECT ANSWER
the Water Rat
Water Rat
EDDIE SAYS
The writer uses the word 'twinkling' to show us that the eye Mole can see is a bright, friendly eye, not a scary monster!
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