Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 5 | Grammar

Parenthesis: Giraffe-necked weevil

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use brackets, dashes and commas to indicate parenthesis.

Context: giraffe-necked weevil

Credit: BBC Two - Madagascar

Clip Description

The giraffe-necked weevil can only be found on the island of Madagascar. It derives its name from an extended neck, much like that of a giraffe’s.

In this fascinating clip, two males use their long necks to fight each other. The winner will gain the right to mate with a female. Later in the clip, the female weevil (with her considerably shorter neck) shows off her incredible construction skills by carefully folding, curling and biting notches into a leaf. What is the purpose of this strange behaviour? Watch the film clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Can you can list some adjectives that describe the giraffe-necked weevils featured in the clip. Try to include some compound adjectives.(A compound adjective is made up of two or more words joined by a hyphen.)
e.g. long-necked, blood-red, alien-like,…