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Toss the caber!

Mission 2

Toss the caber!

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Tug of war

Aim: The aim is to pull the opposite team’s white flag over the centre line.

Equipment you need: a 6-metre long rope, red and white tape, two bits of white cloth
- There must be an even number of players on each team, plus one referee.
- The referee must stand between the two team lines. Players mustn’t touch the ground.
- Players must pick up the rope and hold it tight.
- When the referee gives the signal, the players should pull on the rope.
- A team has lost when its flag is pulled across the centre line, or when a player falls down.

Tossing the caber

Tossing the caber

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Pitlochry Highland Sports

Did you know?

1. Does Haggis not contain beef, chicken or lamb? 
2. Are the ingredients mixed inside a sheep’s stomach, an onion or a tartan sock? 
3. Is blood pudding a type of sausage, a dessert or a drink?

Must, HAVE to et need to

Observe : The caber must be 16 to 22 feet long. It has to weigh between 100 and 180 pounds and it needs to be vertical.

Réfléchis : Observe les mots en gras. Permettent-ils d’exprimer des règles, des voeux ou des envies ?

Conclus : Pour exprimer une obligation, on utilise ... + BV ou .... + to + BV. Pour exprimer une nécessité, on utilise ... + to + BV.



Listen: Haggis, kilt, whisky, Highland, piping, finally.

Réfléchis : Comment prononces-tu ces mots ? Distingue les /aɪ/ des /ɪ/.



Répète : Scottish children don’t like haggis nor drink whisky, do they?

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Mission 2

Your mission is to...

You will need to invent...

Choose your level:

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Exercice 1 : The rules of the game

Match the word to its definition.💡 💬  Do not confuse these words: Aim /eɪm/: intention, purpose (not a physical object) objective. Target /ˈtɑːgɪt/: a physical object or area that you wish to attain target.

  • Rules
  • Aim
  • Equipment
The objective you have to accomplish to win the game.
Instructions and guidelines to play fairly.
The things you need for the game.

Fill in the table with the Tug of war rules.

Must ✅ Mustn't ❌

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Exercice 2 : Tossing the caber

Listen and fill in this information sheet on the equipment required for the caber toss.

For the caber toss, you need… a caber! 

A caber is a .
Length: feet → metres. 
Weight: pounds → kilograms.

Referring to the picture, drag and drop the elements in the correct order.

  • The thrower runs a short distance with the caber.
  • The thrower stands the trunk up on one end.
  • The thrower stops and tosses the caber up into the air.
  • The thrower hold the caber near the bottom.
  • The caber flips before it lands.

Transform these sentences to bring them in line with the caber toss rules.

a) The trunk is 25 feet long and weighs 80 pounds. ➝ .
b) The thrower throws the trunk and runs. ➝ .
c) The caber lands without flipping. ➝ .

Explain the rules to your friend. 💡 Tip: Use these keywords: first, then, next, after that, finally.

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Exercice 3 : Highland sports

Graphique lié à l'exercice 6
Complete these phrases to create captions for each image.

  • bottom
  • over
  • straight
  • around
a) Turn
quickly to increase your distance.
b) Hold the
of the caber.
c) Throw the haggis as
as possible.
d) Toss the weight
the bar.

Watch the video and say if these statements are right or wrong.

a) The Braemar Games are the oldest in Scotland. (Right. / Wrong.) 
b) The Royal Artillery is competing. (Right. / Wrong.) 
c) There is no dance competition this year. (Right. / Wrong.) 
d) The most popular sport is the tug o’war. (Right. / Wrong.) 
e) The Braemar caber weighs 120 kilos.  (Right. / Wrong.)

Ask questions to the caber thrower to learn more about his sport.💬 Avoid /əˈvɔɪd/: stay away from. Injury /ˈɪnʤəri/: accident to the body.

  • How many
  • How much
  • When
  • What
  • How
  • What
did you first throw a caber?
pounds can you carry?
do you need to train at home?
practice should you have before the Games?
did you feel when you won?
do you do to avoid injury?

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