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Cultural spots


Witches!


Did you know?

1. What is the US equivalent of the English word “Sweet”? Chocolate, cabbage or candy.
2. Is eating colcannon at Halloween an Irish tradition, an American tradition or a Scottish tradition?
3. Is Colcannon a sweet dish (with a sweet flavour) or a savoury dish (with a salty flavour)?
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Speak

1
Look at the picture. Sort the words to describe hair from the words to describe clothes and from the words to describe accessories.

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  • straight
  • spiders
  • a cauldron
  • frizzy
  • ginger
  • blond
  • glasses
  • short
  • a dress
  • a broomstick
  • shoes
  • long
  • pointed hat
  • curly
  • boots
  • a skirt
  • a cloak
Hair Clothes Accessories


2
Listen to the recording. Choose the correct answer for each question.

Three little witches

a) The three characters are (Kiara, Zoe and Wiggy / Zara, Zoe and Ziggy).
b) They are (three magic cats / three little witches / three nice fairies).
c) They live in Magic Wood in (Cotton cottage / Cold cottage / Cauldron cottage).
d) It is (November / the end of September / the end of October).
e) They are discussing (a Birthday party / a Halloween party / a Christmas party).

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Read

1
Right or wrong? Answer the question and quote a phrase from the text to justify.


A Note about Witches

In fairy tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES.

The most important thing you should know about REAL WITCHES is this. Listen very carefully. Never forget what is coming next.

REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ORDINARY JOBS.

Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake, The Witches, 1983.



a) Is this document an extract from a book? 
b) Is the story about real witches?
c) Do real witches wear black hats and black cloaks?
d) When you look at a real witch, can you see if it is a witch or an ordinary woman? 

2
Find six descriptive adjectives in the wordsearch.

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1. 
2. 
3. 
4. 
5. 
6. 

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Watch

2009, Nicole Buetti and Dirk Montapert, Goes to Eleven Media

"Which witch is which?" song.

1
Watch the video. Link each witch to her pets: 
rats
snakes
cats
lizards
sharks
toad
bats

💡 Tip: Be careful! Some witches have several pets and some have none.

Mildred Salem Gertrude Hagatha Hazel


2
Watch the video again. What is their super power? Fill in the grid to find out.

Power Hint Who?
Make objects fly
Prepare magical potions
Transform a person into an animal
Cook in a steaming cauldron
Win a high jump contest
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Up to you!

A1 Wanted: a real witch who has got a pointed nose and warts on her face.
A1+ Wanted: a real witch who can make magic potions and fly on a broomstick.
A2 Wanted: a real witch with a black cat. You must be cruel and ugly, and also enjoy baking smelly cakes.
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