Dictionary Skills: coconut crab

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: Coconut Crab


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Credit: BBC One - Animals Behaving Badly

Clip Description

Coconut crabs are the largest land-living crabs in the world. They are native to the southwest Pacific and Indian oceans and are often known as ‘robber crabs’ for their tendency to take things from other animals. Astonishingly, the name ‘coconut crab’ derives from their amazing ability to crack open coconuts using their huge and powerful pincers.

In this fascinating clip, we travel to Christmas Island to meet the crazy coconut crabs who have *kleptomaniac tendencies. Watch as they invade people’s gardens and take anything that isn’t tied down including flip flops, hats and even a camera. Will they get away with it? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

*Kleptomania – an uncontrollable impulse to steal.


Word Challenge

Imagine you see a coconut crab stealing your sunglasses. Can you make a list of words that accurately describe your thoughts and feelings?

e.g.  amused, annoyed, concerned, …