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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Level 1

Match the Synonym!

 1. Reveal  A. Boy or Girl.
 2. Gender  B. Large fire.
 3. Explosion  C. To show.
 4. Wildfire  D. Harmful
 5. Dangerous  E. Blow up.


  1. Reveal = C. To show.
  2. Gender = A. Boy or Girl.
  3. Explosion = E. Blow up.
  4. Wildfire B. Large fire.
  5. Dangerous = D. Harmful

True or False?

1. A man died at a party. False

2. There was an explosion at a party. True

3. The party was for a birthday.  False

4. Gender reveal parties are not popular in America. False

5. A man used an alligator at a party. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. She was fifty-six years old.

2. People at the party made an explosion.

3. Pink smoke would say the baby was a girl.

4. Most of these parties use a cake.

5. The fire burned for a week.

Listening and Vocabulary

Killed Taken Lied
Protect Angry Correct
  1. Died
  2. Smoke
  3. Reveal
  4. Burned
  5. Gender
  6. Arguing


Level 2

Match the Synonym!

 1. Gender  A. Terrible
 2. Reveal  B. Large fire.
 3. Disastrous  C. Boy or girl.
 4. Wildfire  D. Body
 5. Physically  E. To show.


  1. Gender = C. Boy or girl.
  2. Reveal = E. To show.
  3. Disastrous A. Terrible
  4. Wildfire = B. Large fire.
  5. Physically = D. Body

True or False?

1. A woman died at a birthday party. False

2. The woman was older than thirty. True

3. Gender reveal parties are not popular outside the U.S. False

4. Some parties have been disastrous. True

5. A man fed an alligator a pineapple. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. People at the party made an explosion.

2. The smoke would reveal the gender.

3. Most of these parties use a cake.

4. The inside will usually be pink or blue.

5. The fire raged for a week.

Listening and Vocabulary

Important Smoke Killed
Cake Reveal Damage
  1. Smoke
  2. Killed
  3. Cake
  4. Damage
  5. Reveal
  6. Important


Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. Awry A. Reveal
2. Shrapnel B. Difficult
3. Garner C. Permission
4. Divulge D. Gather
5. Rig E. Release
6. Emit F. Go wrong.
7. Strenuous G. Harmful
8. Detrimental H. Arrange
9. Sanction I. Piece of metal.


  1. Awry = F. Go wrong.
  2. Shrapnel = I. Piece of metal.
  3. Garner = D. Gather
  4. Divulge = A. Reveal
  5. Rig = H. Arrange
  6. Emit = E. Release
  7. Strenuous = B. Difficult
  8. Detrimental = G. Harmful
  9. Sanction = C. Permission

True or False?

1.  A woman died at a birthday party. False

2. An explosive went off at the party. True

3. Gender reveal parties started in the US in the early 70s. False

4. A woman’s blog received a lot of attention after her party. True

5. A wildfire caused more than $5 million worth damage. True

6. The woman who started gender-reveal parties fully supports people who have them. False

7. Karvundis daughter does not conform to traditional gender stereotypes. True

8. Some people believe gender reveal parties are not offensive. True

9. The woman names Sara did not have any complications during her pregnancy. False

10. People have been debating gender reveal parties. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. A homemade explosive was used at the party.

2. Gender reveal parties have become a popular trend.

3. She wrote about it on her blog.

4. I did at the time because we didn’t live in 2019.

5. She does not believe they reinforce outdated stereotypes.

Listening and Vocabulary


Suffered Attention Stereotypes
Jelly Dangerous Create
Outdated Homemade Potential
  1. Homemade
  2. Attention
  3. Dangerous
  4. Jelly
  5. Potential
  6. Stereotypes
  7. Suffered
  8. Outdated
  9. Create