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Lesson 8: Amusement Parks
Riding the Galaxy Shuttle was the best part of the day.

I can read and understand a post about an amusement park.

INTRODUCE

Amusement parks are a great place to go to with your fun-loving friends.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

ride the [ride]

go on the [ride]

watch the parade

stand in line

get an express pass

buy advance tickets

II. Which of the things above do you like to do? Which things do you not like to do?

  • like

  • not like

III. Practice reading the words.

/aɪ/

/eɪ/

ride

raid

pie

pay

bike

bake

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Add -ing to a verb to make it the subject or object of a sentence.

buy + -ing

buying

watch + -ing

watching

ride + -ing

riding

  • Riding the rollercoaster was really fun!
  • Standing in line for tickets was boring.
  • We enjoyed watching the parade.
  • She recommended buying advance tickets.

UNDERSTAND

READING

Yuki is reading Kim Dae Hyun’s blog.

A Day in a Dreamland

Kim Dae Hyun ⋆ posted: 03/15


I went to Tokyo Dream Town yesterday! It was amazing. The lines for all the rides were very long – some waiting times were over three hours! Standing in line is boring, so I recommend getting an express pass.

Riding the Galaxy Shuttle was the best part of the day. It was so much fun! I actually rode it twice. Many people like watching the parade, but I actually prefer going on the rides.

I want to go back to Tokyo Dream Town tomorrow, but I have to fly to Taiwan in the afternoon. I’m thinking about going to the owl café that my fan recommended… If I go, I’ll post pictures next time!

TRIVIA

At some Japanese amusement parks, you can be too young or too old for some rides. This may surprise foreign visitors because in many countries, amusement parks only have rules about height, not age.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Complete the sentences with the –ing­ forms of the verbs in the box.

buy
stand
go
watch
ride

ex. The kids loved going on the merry-go-round.

 

  1. _____ the Sky Glider was so awesome!
  2. _____ advance tickets is a good idea.
  3. _____ in line is boring.
  4. I really liked _____ the parade.

 

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the sentences using the pictures as clues. More than one answer is possible.

  1. _____ is very exciting!

  1. The park recommends _____.

  1. _____ for the rides was tiring.

  1. I loved _____.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your foreign friend wants to go to a new amusement park that just opened last week. The amusement park is expensive, so you aren’t sure.


 

Read a review about it. Then, tell your friend about the review.

Today's grammar tip

  • (verb) + ing

 

Japan Opens the Magic Empire

Katelyn Jones | Jan. 10


I went to the grand opening of the Magic Empire with my sister and her children last Saturday. It was an experience that I will never forget!

The best rides were the roller coasters. The Magic Empire has 12 different roller coasters, but I loved going on Wind Soar the best. My sister’s children preferred riding the smaller roller coasters like Racing Ponies. In the evening, we all enjoyed watching the ice sculpture parade and fireworks.

The Magic Empire is an amazing amusement park, and I think it’s going to be very popular. If you don’t like standing in line, I recommend buying advance tickets or getting an express pass.

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

AMUSEMENT PARKS IN JAPAN

2

AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES

3

WAITING IN LINE

1

AMUSEMENT PARKS IN JAPAN

  1. What amusement parks are in Japan?
  2. Which one is the most popular?
  3. What’s the most popular season to go to amusement parks in Japan?
  4. Which amusement parks in Japan would you recommend to tourists?

2AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES

  1. What are some common rides at amusement parks?
  2. What’s your least favorite ride?
  3. Imagine your friend is really afraid of roller coasters. Will you try to convince him/her to ride a roller coaster with you?
  4. Do you prefer to ride in the front, the middle, or the back of a roller coaster?

3WAITING IN LINE

  1. When you wait in line, what do you do (ex. talk with friends, check your phone)?
  2. How long was the longest line you have ever been in (ex. one hour, two hours)?
  3. What was the line for?
  4. When you see a long line for a restaurant, do you want to eat there?

FEEDBACK

I can read and understand a post about an amusement park.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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