Exciting Sentence Openers: proboscis monkey

2 - The Grammar Bit

The Grammar Bit!

Read the four sentences opposite. You’ll notice that they each start in a really interesting way (highlighted in bold).

  • The first sentence starts with a ‘ly’ ending adverb.
  • The second sentence starts with an ‘ing’ ending verb.
  • The third sentence starts with an ‘ed’ ending verb.
  • The fourth sentence starts with a simile. Don’t forget that a simile is a descriptive tool that uses the words ‘as’ or ‘like’ to compare one thing with something else.

With your talk partner, see if you can replace the words ‘boldly,’ ‘clinging’ and ‘triggered’ with suitable alternatives.

Scintillating Sentences

1) Boldly, the alpha female leapt from the highest branch.

2) Clinging to her mother, the baby was unaware of the danger that lurked beneath the surface.

3) Triggered by the splashing of monkeys, the beady-eyed crocodiles set on their way.

4) Like an Olympic diver, the proboscis monkey used the branch like a springboard and plunged into the river.

Did you know?

In addition to their large noses, proboscis monkeys have large bloated bellies as a result of their diet and digestive system. They have a specialized chambered stomach that allows them to eat foods other primates cannot.