Apr 16, 2011

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Restrictive Relative Clauses



This is one of my favorite animated movies ever. The original idea for the movie is fantastic and it carries a noble, enriching message. I used it to practice restrictive relative clauses.


I. Match the machines Flint Lockwood invented with what they can or can't do.


1. Spray-on shoes

2. Remote control television

3. Hair un-balder

4. Flying car

5. Monkey thought translator

6. Ratbirds

7. A machine



( ) It translate thoughts

( ) it turns water into food

( ) It can't fly

( ) they can fly

( ) it can walk

( ) they don't get off

( ) it grows too much hair


II. Now combine both parts, using restrictive relative clauses. Start the sentences with the given sentence:

He invented...

Ex: 1. He invented spray-on shoes that don't get off.

2 ....................................................

3 ....................................................

4 ....................................................

5 ....................................................

6 ....................................................

7 .....................................................



III. Work in small groups. Think about 3 perfect inventions. Then write a relative clause saying what it can do.

Ex: We are going to invent a machine that can do the homework for us.


Answer key:

5, 7, 4, 6, 2, 1, 3


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6 comments:

Abitha said...

Wow what a creative idea to teach grammar!!!Amazing...Animation Movies will certainly have positive impact and improvement on grammar

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks a lot! Glad you like it.

Anonymous said...

sound doesn't go with video, pls fix

Claudio Azevedo said...

Something wrong with your equipment. Sound is perfectly fine.

Anonymous said...

I'm also having trouble with the sound - the sound file doesn't match the video file in the embedded video. I tried to dl the file, and it was all static :(
~Natalia

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks for the feedback. The problem was not the sound, but the subtitles. Unfortunately, I had to remove them to be OK. Try it now, please.