Extending sentences with when, if, because, although: mandarin duck

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to extend sentences using a wider range of conjunctions including ifbecausewhen and although.

Context: mandarin duck


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Credit: BBC Two - Natural World

Clip Description

Mandarin ducks are unusual as they make their nests in tree hollows – not on water like most other ducks. Originally from the Far East (China and Japan), these brightly-coloured ducks began to breed in the wild nearly one hundred years ago after escaping from captivity.

In this fascinating clip, we meet a mother mandarin duck, who has to teach her day-old babies to fly. She does this by leaping out of the tree where they are nesting, expecting them to follow her. It’s a long way down for the new ducklings – will they respond to her calls of encouragement? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

Can you make a list of words that describe how the ducklings might be feeling as they look down to their mother?

e.g. excited, fearful, courageous, …