Powerful Verbs: rusty spotted cat

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to write sentences that use powerful verbs to create precise images.

Context: rusty-spotted cat


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Credit: BBC One - Big Cats

Clip Description

The rusty-spotted cat is the smallest wild cat in the world. A fully-grown adult is two times smaller than a domestic cat! These nocturnal felines spend most of their day sleeping inside hollow logs or amongst dense vegetation. They have soft, short grey fur with rusty-coloured spots over their backs (which is where they get their name from). Found only in Sri Lanka and India, there are less than 10,000 rusty-spotted cats left in the wild.

In this fascinating clip, we will see how a male rusty-spotted cat uses his super senses to daringly explore his Sri Lankan home, and we learn that his large eyes are six times more powerful than a human’s. Will his curiosity get the better of him? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

Make a list of alliterative phrases that describe the rusty-spotted cat featured in the clip.

e.g. fascinating feline, bold beast, …