Summer facts. Reading Comprehension and test Ми просто обожнюємо літо, тож сьогодні підготували для Вас щось новеньке: невеличкий текст з фактами про літо (для рівня В1 та вище) та тест на розуміння змісту. Ну що, готові перевірити свої reading skills? Поїхали! COOL FACTS ABOUT SUMMER The date of the beginning of summer is different depending on climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many countries the first day of summer is between June 20th and June 22nd every year. The first day of summer is called the summer solstice, and the day can be different because of the Earth’s rotation. Watermelon is one of best summer treats. Did you know that watermelons are not a fruit, but a berry? There are also some scientists who say, they belong to the cucumber family of vegetables. In the USA and many other countries the last day of summer is September 20th. The first day of autumn begins on September 21st. Did you know that the Eiffel Tower grows by more than six inches in summer? The tower is composed of 7,000 metric tons iron which expands with the heat. The first modern Olympic Games were held in the summer in 1896 in Athens, Greece. A June fun fact is that the month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno. People call very hot summer days “dog days”. Frisbees, invented in the 1870’s as a pie plate, but in the 1940’s, college students began throwing them around. They have since stopped being used for pie plates and are now a summertime staple. For a July fun fact, Roman general Marc Antony named the month of July after Julius Caesar. Mosquitoes are the most active during summer months. Mosquitoes have been on earth for more than 30 million years. True or False? The date of the beginning of summer is always the same in all countries around the world. True False Correct! Wrong! It is different. In some countries it starts in the middle of June. In Australia all the seasons are totally different from what we are used to. The date of the beginning of summer in many countries is between.....and.....of June. 1..2 20...21 20...22 Correct! Wrong! Mosquitos have been on Earth for more than ... years. 3000 30 000 000 30 000 Correct! Wrong! July was named after..... Julius Caesar Julo (the goddess) Julia Correct! Wrong! First frisbees were invented as ..... toys plates sled Correct! Wrong! The first summer Olympic games took place in ...... Rome Greece Canada Correct! Wrong! The Eiffel Tower ..... in summer grows melts breaks Correct! Wrong! July is the national ..... month. Julius watermelon blueberry Correct! Wrong! What does the idiom "dog days" mean? hard days hot days days you play with your pets Correct! Wrong! In the USA summer finishes on ..... August, 30 August,31 September, 20 Correct! Wrong! Check your understanding of the text: Good job! You remember some information. Keep working and you will get cool results! Great job! You've remembered almost all the facts! Now you are a real summer expert. Wow! Great understanding! You've completed almost everything correctly.