In this section you will find some texts about the 4
seasons, exercises, and poems. The section will help you to enrich your
vocabulary and make up your own story about the climate in your region and
your favorite season. The poems will give you an idea how the seasons can
be described in poetry. Who knows, maybe you will write your own poem...
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Skies are cloudy,
Skies are fair,
Skies are changing
Weather is changing
Through the year.
The earth is warm, the sun’s ablaze,
it is a time of carefree days;
and bees abuzz that chance to pass
may see me snoozing in the grass.
The birds are gone, the world is white,
the winds are wild, they chill and bite;
the ground is thick with slush and sleet,
and I can barely feel my feet!
Red sky at night,
Red sky in the morning,
The leaves are yellow, red, and brown,
a shower sprinkles softly down;
the air is fragrant, crisp and cool,
and once again I’m stuck in school.
The fields are rich with daffodils,
a coat of clover cloaks the hills,
and I must dance, and I must sing
to see the beauty of the spring!
If bees stay at home,
The rain will soon come.
If bees fly away,
It’ll be a fine day.
Read the text and enjoy the
Autumn starts in September.
Autumn days are cool and short. The earth moves away from the warmth and light
of the sun. The 22-nd of September is the day of autumnal equinox. It means
that the day is as long as the night. After that the nights become longer, and
the days shorter.
Animals are getting ready
for winter. Some of them store seeds in underground tunnels they have dug.
Squirrels bury nuts to eat later, when food is hard to find.
In early autumn, many crops
are ready to be harvested. You can pick apples, pumpkins, tomatoes, and
squash. For some crops, autumn is a time to plant. Winter wheat is planted,
Many insects die in cold
weather. But first they lay eggs that will hatch in the spring. Some birds go
away to warmer countries.
It often rains; there are
lots of pools of rainwater. It is muddy outside, a piercing wind blows, and
you don’t feel like going for a walk. It’s better to stay indoors.
Suddenly the days can become
hot again, just like in summer! This mild, dry, hazy time can last a few days
or weeks. This pleasant time of the year is called “Indian Summer.” Why is it
called so? They say because in early days of the American colonies, the
American Indians told colonists they could look forward to this pleasant time
of year during autumn.
Autumn is a time for those
who like to walk in the forest and pick up mushrooms. In autumn, the trees
stop growing. Their leaves turn red, golden, brown...
Autumn nights are chilly.
Early morning dew freezes and becomes frost that looks like a thin layer of
snow. It covers plant leaves and kills them. When you go outside, you can see
your breath in the cold air.
In late autumn, the earth
moves farther and farther away from the sun. Each day is shorter than the one
before. There is less sunlight, so the days are cold.
by Aileen Fisher.
It’s raining small.
It’s raining autumn
It’s raining gold,
and red, and brown
as autumn leaves
come raining down.
It’s raining everywhere
It’s raining bookmarks
on my book.
in the garden,
Golden in the glen,
Golden in the tree
Golden in the sky,
by Ogden Nash.
month is amber,
Gold and brown.
Blue ghosts of smoke
Float through the
Great V-s of gees
And maple leaves
Are fiery red.
Frost bites the lawn,
The stars are slits
In black cat’s eyes
Before she spits.
At last small witches,
And pirates armed
With paper bags
Their costumes hinged
On safety pins,
Go haunt a night
Of pumpkin grins.
by D. Aldis.
When the wind is high,
Tall trees are brooms
Sweeping the sky.
They swish their
In buckets of rain,
And swash and sweep it
Ex.1. In the right column
there are some words and phrases from the text “Autumn”, in the left – their
definitions or synonyms. Can you match the right and the left columns?
hide; to cover from view
come forth from eggs
make a hole in the ground
condensed atmospheric vapor
wind that “comes under your clothes”
change into ice
single thickness, coating
Ex.2. What is wrong in the
1. Autumn starts in August.
2. The days become shorter
than the nights after the 1-st of September.
3. On the 22-nd of September
the day is twice longer than the night.
4. In autumn the birds start
building their nests.
5. Vegetables and fruit are
not ripe yet.
6. Gardening starts in
7. Nothing is planted in
8. Autumn is a time when
lots of insects appear.
9. Warm days in autumn are
called “Indian Summer” because the first colonists came to America in summer
and were greeted by the Indians.
10. In autumn the trees
Their leaves are fresh green.
12. Autumn nights are warm.
13. Morning dew looks like
diamonds on the green grass.
14. Frost covers plant
leaves and helps them to stay green longer.
15. In late autumn, the
earth moves faster and faster to the sun.
16. Rain is
always warm in autumn. Everybody enjoys autumn rain.