The Mystery of the Shattered Ice Exercises, Sentence Jumbles and Role Play

An Intermediate Level Lesson to Practice Winter Vocabulary

This lesson is for intermediate students (see our chart of English levels). It practices reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension, essay writing, sentence structure, and role play.

Follow these steps:

  1. Before reading: go over the story's glossary. It contains winter words and other more advanced words.
  2. Reading: read the story. It has 3 parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
  3. After reading: do the exercises. The exercises section has several parts:
    vocabulary questions 1 (winter words)
    vocabulary questions 2 (non-winter words)
    grammar questions
    comprehension and essay writing
    - sentence jumbles and role play (this page).
  4. Answers: check your answers using the answer key.

After Reading: Exercises

Sentence Jumbles

In the following sentences, the words in bold are in the wrong place. Rewrite the sentences so they are correct.

1. Roger with to spend of his time most cops and robbers gets the local playing kids.

2. Where there should are six piles blocks of ice, there be now six perfect of ice chunks.

3. He through up smile see Emma wave and looks at him to the window.

4. Charlotte leads to handcuffs, but Roger just argue her and tries her to his car.

5. Roger listens from everyone gossips between Charlotte as sips about steaming cups of hot chocolate.

6. He’s it that the relieved of the town is as upset about him as rest.

Role Play

Work with a partner (if possible). Take turns performing these tasks.

Scenario 1

The town is holding the election soon and everyone wants Roger to run for mayor. but Roger wants to keep is current job. A reporter is now about to interview Roger.

Partner A: Pretend you are the news reporter and ask Roger questions. You are trying to understand the real reasons behind Roger's decision.


Partner B: Pretend you are Roger. Try to explain why you don’t want to be mayor, and what you think will be best for the town.


Scenario 2

Emma and a friend are sitting in the diner. Emma's friend get mad at her for telling Roger the truth. They are afraid they will get in trouble now because their parents will know they sneaked out at night.

Partner A: Pretend you are Emma's friend. Tell her what concerns you and why.

A concerned friend

Partner B: Pretend you are Emma. Explain your friend why you think you did the right thing.

A young woman concerned

Click here to go to the answer key.