Should’ve Stayed at Home!

Introduction

When you go on holiday, what do you need to do in your house so everything's good when you get back? E.g. Water the plants or arrange to have them watered.
Spend a few minutes making a list of all the things you need to do.
  • Suggested Answers
  • Water the plants or arrange to have them watered.
  • Arrange for pets to be taken care of while you're away.
  • Take out the rubbish.
  • Make sure you haven't left out any wet cloths that could go sour.
  • Eat or give any perishable food to a friend.
  • Unplug toasters, computers and any other electrical appliances.
  • Turn off the water supply to your washing machine, dishwasher, sinks and toilet.
  • If you have any windows where people can see into your house, close blinds or curtains.
  • If you live in an area where burglary could be a concern, you might want to use timers, so lights turn on and off after dark.
  • If you've got a spare hidden key somewhere outside the house, remove it and give it to a friend or neighbour.

You should... or...

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2. Can you remember the other 3 ideas?
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  • Answer
  • If you have any windows where people can see into your house, close blinds or curtains.
  • If you live in an area where burglary could be a concern, you might want to use timers, so lights turn on and off after dark.
  • If you’ve got a spare hidden key somewhere outside the house, remove it and give it to a friend or neighbour.
3. Now write consequences for the last 2 ideas, using “You should… or…” You will need to make changes to the sentence like this:
If you have any windows where people can see into your house, close blinds or curtains.

You should close blinds or curtains if you have any windows where people can see into your house or they could see there’s no-one home.
  • Suggested Answers
  • You should close blinds or curtains if you have any windows where people can see into your house or they could see there’s no-one home.
  • You should use timers, so lights turn on and off after dark if you live in an area where burglary could be a concern, or anyone watching your house will soon realise you’ve gone away.
  • You should remove any spare key you have hidden somewhere outside the house and give it to a friend or neighbour, or anyone sniffing around could find it and let themselves in.

You Should've known!

housebeforeafter
Your friend went on holiday without following any of the recommendations, and he’s now telling you what a state the house is in. Tell him what he should have done. Example:

Your Friend: When I got back, my plants were all dried up and dead.

You: You should’ve watered them before you went, or asked me to do it while you were away.

Writing Practice

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