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English Comprehension Skills Activity 2 – The Crab and its Mother

English Comprehension Skills Activity 2: 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 at the end of the exercise.

English Comprehension Skills Activity 2 – The Crab and its Mother

This lesson helps to improve the child’s English comprehension skills. How much of what you read do you actually understand? The reading ability to read text, process it, and understand its meaning or the act of understanding what you are reading is called reading comprehension. Each reading passage of our English comprehension skills worksheets, is followed by exercises which you can focus on recalling information directly from the text. Grow your reading comprehension skills and English writing answers skills with our reading comprehension skills worksheets.


The Crab and its Mother

A mother crab said to her child; “Don’t walk sideways, dear, and don’t drag your claws crossways over the wet rocks”.

“Mother,” said the baby crab, “If you were to walk straight yourself, then I could walk behind and copy you.”

Moral: It is better to teach by example than by command.


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


A mother (prawn/fish/crab) said to her child; "Don't walk (sideways/crossways/straight) dear, and don't drag your claws (sideways/crossways/straight) over the wet rocks".

The baby crab said, "Mother if you were to walk (sideways/crossways/straight) yourself, then I could walk (ahead/behind/about) and copy you."


Which idiom is suitable for the moral of this story? (mum's the word/new kid on the block/example is better than precept)



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