Relative clauses: banana frog

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to write sentences that contain a relative clause.

Context: banana frog

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Credit: BBC One - Nature's Greatest Dancers

Clip Description

The brown banana frog (also known as the striped spiny reed frog) is found in the tropical and subtropical lowland forests of Africa. Its tiny body has three distinctive brown stripes with white speckles. It belongs to the hyperoliidae family – a family of small to medium-sized frogs that contains more than 250 individual species. Whilst its colours may be similar to an overripe banana, its name comes from the fact that it can often be found in banana plantations. Incredibly, there have been several cases of banana frogs ending up in UK supermarkets!

In this fascinating clip, it is the beginning of the breeding season, and a male brown banana frog is attempting to attract a much sought-after female frog, who is waiting patiently on her high leafy pedestal. However, he is not the only one on this quest, and he meets much opposition on his way to the top of the towering bamboo canopy. Will our leading man croak and kick his way to the top and win over her affection? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Watch the clip for a second time and see if you can make a list of adjectives that best describe the frog. Once you have done this, make a second list of verbs that best describe the amphibian’s movements.

e.g. (adjectives) determined, ninja-like, operatic, …  (verbs) leapt, clung, shimmied, …