Winter Holidays

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Winter Holidays

“It snowed!” Jonas called in excitement as he looked out the window that morning. He had come to the mountains with his friends Sophie, Carl, and Felix for the winter holidays, but up till now there hadn’t been enough snow to do winter sports. But now everything was white, 50 centimetres of new snow! It must have snowed all night!

Quickly Jonas woke his friends, and they could hardly believe their eyes either. “Finally!” they exclaimed, and although they were usually late risers, they couldn’t stay in their warm beds any longer this morning. They wanted to get outside in the snow as soon as possible. Even the cold didn’t bother them, because there was so much to do. First the friends built a snowman. Then they formed a few snowballs and had a snowball fight. They slid down the mountain on their sled and snowboard, and Sophie had even brought along her ice skates.

The children weren’t the only ones who were excited about the snow. In the distance you could see skiers heading up the mountainside in the chairlift in order to come racing down the slopes again. There was even a polar bear on skis. Only the snowman was shivering in the cold and wishing for summer. He had a cold and was feeling uncomfortably chilly, and huge icicles were hanging from his nose.

Huh? A snowman with a cold, and a polar bear on skis? Feeling irritated, Jonas turned over. Oh no! He was still lying in bed, and he’d only dreamt it all! Disappointed, he peered out the window, which looked out over the street. But wait a moment! Everything was white outside!

“It snowed!” Jonas exclaimed happily, and quickly woke his friends.

Reading Comprehension Questions

Read the text.
Find words in the text for each of the definitions below.

  1. a collective noun for sports done on snow or ice → [In the text: but up till now there hadn’t been enough snow to do winter sports.]|This noun is always written in the plural.
  2. a person who always get out of bed late → [In the text:“Finally!” they exclaimed, and although they were usually late risers, they couldn’t stay in their warm beds any longer this morning.]
  3. a verb that describes a smooth movement over a surface → [In the text:They slid down the mountain on their sled and snowboard, and Sophie had even brought along her ice skates.]|Irregular verb: slide, slid, slid
  4. a verb that means shake from the cold → [In the text: Only the snowman was shivering in the cold and wishing for summer.]|Regular verb: shiver, shivered, shivered
  5. an adjective that means cold → [In the text:He had a cold and was feeling uncomfortably chilly, and huge icicles were hanging from his nose.]
  6. a verb that means look carefully → [In the text: Disappointed, he peered out the window, which looked out over the street.]|Regular verb: peer, peered, peered

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