Dictionary skills: golden mole

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use the first two or three letters of a word to check its meaning and spelling in a dictionary.

Context: golden mole


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Credit: BBC One - Planet Earth II

Clip Description

Golden moles can only be found in sub-Saharan Africa. They are tiny, blind and live mostly underground. As they have no sight, they use the senses of touch and hearing to move about and find their prey.

In this fascinating clip, we see a golden mole ‘swimming’ through fine grains of sand and making tracks that appear as if by magic on the desert’s surface. This pingpong ball-sized creature loves nothing more than eating termites. How easy do you think it is to find and catch these juicy insects when you can’t see them? Will dinner be served? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

Can you write a simile about a golden mole that starts with the word ‘like’?

e.g. Like a speeding bullet, the golden mole moved swiftly underground. Like a race track, the sand showed traces of a busy mole.