Arts, Lighter, Sports

Sleep In A Ping Pong Paddle

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Proposed ping pong shaped hotel in China. In China, they’re planning to build some very funny-shaped buildings. One is a hotel shaped like a giant ping pong paddle. It even has a huge ping pong ball out front! The building will be 150 metres tall. The windows in each room of the hotel will be round, forming the ping pong paddle’s rough texture. The “handle” of the hotel will be an observation deck, where visitors can look out over the city of Huainan, China.
Another strange building they are planning is a stadium shaped like a football. They are also planning an indoor swimming pool that looks like a soccer ball and another building in the shape and design of a basketball.
The buildings were designed by architect Mei Jikui. They are slated to be built by late 2016. China is hoping to capture the world’s attention with the strange buildings, which will be in a 165-acre sports park. The buildings will cost more than $48 million to build.
  
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Writing/Discussion Prompt 
Pretend you are an architect of one of the buildings.  Design a building in the shape of your favourite sport or hobby. Write 2-3 sentences describing some of its features.
  
Reading Prompt
Pictures attached to an article are an additional source of information. What are the benefits of being able to see an example of what you are reading about?

 
Primary & Junior
Identify a variety of text features and explain how they help readers understand texts (OME, Reading: 2.3).

Intermediate
Identify a variety of text features and explain how they help communicate meaning (OME, Reading: 2.3).

 
Grammar Feature: Alliteration
Alliteration is when several words that start with the same first sound are written next to each other. For example, alliteration in this article is “ping pong paddle” because each word starts with ‘p’. Another example of alliteration is: slimy snakes slither.
Think of alliterations that begin with each of the following letters: r, t, d and b.