Phrases and clauses: armadillo

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to identify the difference between a phrase and a clause.

Context: giant armadillo

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Credit: BBC Two - Natural World

Clip Description

What can grow up to 1.2 metres from nose to tail, is extremely rare, has a bony, hard carapace (outer shell) and has long claws on each of its four feet? It’s a giant armadillo!

In this fascinating clip, we get to see one of the most elusive creatures on the planet! Animal expert Arnaud Desbiez shows us some footage of the rarely-seen giant armadillo and explains why these nocturnal animals are considered to be a ‘ghost species’. When he takes us to the burrow of a giant armadillo, he has a surprise. What do you think this is, and why is the burrow nicknamed ‘Hotel Armadillo?’

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

Can you think of some words/phrases that best describe the appearance or behaviour of a giant armadillo?

e.g. tank-like, elusive, ghostly, …