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ESL Exercises - Desert Exercise

 Situation While you are driving alone through the desert, your camper breaks down late in the afternoon, and you cannot fix it. You discover that the road you are traveling on is closed to traffic. There is no hope of anyone driving by to help you. There are no telephones nearby. Your best solution is to walk back to a service station, which you remember passing. You calculate that you have driven about one hour and fifteen minutes at an average speed of 80-kilometers (50 miles) per hour. You will only be able to travel at night because of the intense heat and burning sun.

Vocabulary

 1. stranded left in a place with no way to get out 2. desert large open area without water or trees 3. camper van or pickup truck equipped for sleeping 4. breaks down stops working 5. traffic cars, trucks, etc. on the road 6. Solution answer to a problem 7. (to) calculate (to) work with numbers 8. mess kit utensils used for cooking and eating in a small pack 9. canteen metal container for water 10. flare device for making a fire to use as a signal 11. first-aid kit small box containing medical equipment 12. insect repellent something used to keep insects away 13. thermos special container to keep liquids hot or cold 14. compass instrument for finding directions

The Camper has the following items in it:

 mess kit insect repellent dozen eggs tent can opener flare gun sleeping bag flashlight book of matches thermos of hot coffee dozen flares camping stove portable radio compass wool blanket fresh vegetables can of gas beach umbrellas first-aid kit fresh fruit large utility knife canned food

DISCUSSION

1. Because of the limitations of space and weight, you can only carry five items.
1. Decide which five items to take.
2. Arrange these five items in order of importance.

2. Most of the items in the camper can fit into two categories:
1. camping gear, and
2. food. Put these items into their categories.

3. Calculate the distance and the approximate amount of time needed to walk that distance.

4. What alternatives are there for solving this situation, other than walking back to the service station.

5. Can you think of any items missing from the list that you might need? Name them.