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Difficult English Dictations - The Beaver
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This difficult-dictation is all about the official animal of Canada...the BEAVER! It comes in four (4) parts. Enjoy.
Difficult Dictations - The Beaver Part 1
rodent (noun) - a group of animals that includes rabbits, rats, mice, and beavers
mammal (noun) - an animal that has hair, feeds milk to its young, and usually gives birth to live young (babies)
to observe (verb) - to see with intention
construction (noun) - the noun of to construct which means to build structures
predators (noun) - an animal that hunts other animals
prey (noun) - an animal that other animals hunt
to smack (verb) - to hit something and make a loud sound
approaching (adjective) - the past participle of to approach, which means to come close to you
The second largest rodent in the world, the beaver is a mammal known for its excellent building skills as observed in its construction of dams across rivers. Living in a dam protects a beaver from predators such as wolves and bears, as does its thick flat tail which allows it to smack the water to warn other beavers of approaching danger.