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English Comprehension Skills – Activity 5


English Comprehension Skills – Read the following story and fill in the paragraphs given at the end of the story. Hit the ‘Check Answers’ button to correct your answers in the end.

A Swallow and A Spider


A spider who was watching a swallow catch flies decided to make a web to catch swallows. 'Because,' she said, 'I'm the one who catches things round here, not the swallow.'


So she spun a swallow-catching web. But the birds, without any difficulty, broke through her web and even flew away with it.


'Well,' said the spider, 'I can see that catching swallows is not one of my talents.'


So she went back to her old trade of catching flies again.


Moral: It is wise to learn by experience.


Now, fill in the blanks with words taken from the story.


A (beetle/spider/fly) who was watching a swallow catch flies decied to make a (web/net/nest) to catch (eagles/sparrows/swallows). She thought she was the only one who (watches/catches/hatches) things round there, not the swallow.

So she spun a (swallow-catching/sparrow-catching/magpie-catching) web. But the (flies/insects/birds), without any difficulty, broke through her web and even flew away with it.

So the spider thought, 'Well, I can see that catching swallows is not one of my (abilities/talents/hobbies).'

So she went back to her old trade of catching (swallows/sparrows/flies) again.

What is the moral of this story? (Spiders should not eat swallows / Spider webs can easily be broken by birds /It is wise to learn by experience)