English Vocabulary Exercises for A1 – Wild animals

1. Do the puzzle using the picture clues. What are the two hidden animals?




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1 bear   2 dolphin   3 bee   4 spider   5 shark   6 whale

7 snake   8 tiger   9 monkey   10 giraffe   11 lion   12 frog

13 eagle   14 gorilla   15 crocodile   16 hippo

The hidden animals are: elephant, kangaroo

2. Look at the pictures of a wolf and a bird. Match items 1-8 in the pictures with the words below.


ear      legs      

paw      tail

eye      mouth     

teeth      wing

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ear 1   legs 7   paw 4   tail 8   eye 5   mouth 2   teeth 3   wing 6

3. Answer the questions with animals from exercises 1 and 2.

Which animals ___

1 haven’t got any legs? ________

2 have got wings? ________

3 have got six or eight legs? ________

4 have got four arms / legs and a tail? ________

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1 dolphins, sharks, whales, snakes

2 bees, eagles, birds

3 bees, spiders

4 bears, tigers, monkeys, giraffes, lions, crocodiles, hippos, wolves, elephants, kangaroos

4. Listen to four people describing animal photos. Which animal is each speaker talking about? Choose from the animals in exercise 1.

Speaker 1 is describing a photo of a ______________

Speaker 2 is describing a photo of an ______________

Speaker 3 is describing a photo of a ______________

Speaker 4 is describing a photo of a ______________

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1 a bear   2 an eagle   3 a gorilla   4 a bee


1 I think this is a great photo of a xx. It’s standing in a river and it’s eating a salmon. It’s holding the fish in its big paws. I imagine this is in the USA or Canada, maybe – that’s where they live, isn’t it?

2 I like this photo. You can see the xx flying high above the mountains. Its wings are really huge – about two metres, I think. It’s looking down at the ground. It’s looking for food, I guess!

3 This photo of a xx is amazing, I think – because it looks so human! It’s holding a leaf in its hand and eating it. I know they’re much bigger and stronger than humans, but it doesn’t look frightening at all. It looks very gentle, with kind eyes.

4 This is an interesting photo of a xx. Its body is yellow and black, and it’s on a flower. They work hard and I think they’re amazing.

Extra exercises

1. Complete the definitions with six of the animals below.

bee      butterfly      crocodile      dolphin      eagle      elephant      frog

hippo      shark      snake      spider      wolf

A / An __________ is an insect with big coloured wings.

A / An __________ is a reptile with a long thin body and no legs.

A / An __________ is a very big mammal from Africa or Asia with big ears and a long nose.

A / An __________ is a large bird that can see very well.

A / An __________ is a big fish that lives in the sea.

A / An __________ is a small green animal that lives in and near water.

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1 butterfly   2 snake   3 elephant   4 eagle   5 shark   6 frog

2. Answer the questions with parts of an animal.

What does an animal use ___

1 to make sounds and to eat?   __________

2 to fly?   __________

3 to hear?   __________

4 to see?   __________

5 to walk and to stand?   __________

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1 mouth   2 wings   3 ears   4 eyes   5 legs

3. Complete the sentences with ago, last or yesterday.

grandparents arrived a few minutes __________

I watched a film on TV __________ night.

dad walked to work __________ morning.

Maria started studying English ten years __________

We travelled to Canada __________ summer.

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1 ago   2 last   3 yesterday   4 ago   5 last

4. Complete the sentences with the professions formed from the words in bold.

Joseph Pulitzer worked for different journals and newspapers. He was a __________

Marco Polo explored China and Central Asia. He was an __________

John F. Kennedy worked in politics in the 1950s and 60s. He was a __________

Captain James Cook was the first European to sail to Australia. He was a __________

Marie Curie was good at science , especially physics and chemistry. She was a __________

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1 journalist   2 explorer   3 politician   4 sailor   5 scientist

5. Complete the sentences.

1   It’s a beautiful day. There isn’t a cloud in the __________

2   In the Himalayas, there’s always snow on the __________

3   When I was a child, I loved playing with the sand on the __________

4   It was a clear night, so we could see the moon and all the __________

5   We stopped to have lunch on the grass under a __________

6   sister doesn’t like driving in the dark, so she always tries to get home before __________

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1 sky   2 mountains   3 beach   4 stars   5 tree   6 sunset

6. Match the first parts of sentences 1-6 with the second parts (a-f).

The women are walking

The boy is climbing

The children are lying

The girl is looking down

The men are facing

People are standing

a   at the bus stop.

at the floor.

c   a tree.

along a path.

on the ground.

f   the door.

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1 D   2 C   3 E   4 B   5 F   6 A