Esme: I love looking at the snow, but it looks cold outside. Maybe I’ll stay inside today.
Mirta: But the sun is shining, and you have a warm coat, so let’s do something outside. How about we go ice skating?
Esme: That sounds fun, but I don’t have any ice skates. How about we go snowboarding instead?
Mirta: That’s a great idea, but the closest place to snowboard is an hour away.
Esme: Oh. Well, do you want to go sledding? I have a great sled.
Mirta: Yes. That sounds really fun!
Now let’s review the vocabulary
Let’s plus a verb is a way of suggesting doing something with one or more people. “Let’s” is a contracted form of “let us.”
When you use how about at the start of a question, it can be a way to make a suggestion.
Ice skating is the activity of using ice skates to move on ice.
Ice skates are a type of shoe/boot with a blade on the bottom for moving across ice.
That sounds … fun, great, bad, etc. is a way to reply to an idea or suggestion.
Snowboarding is the sport of sliding down a mountain of snow on a snowboard. A snowboard is a large board designed for someone to stand on and move down a mountain on the snow.
Instead is used to suggest another choice.
Sledding is the act of riding on a sled down a hill.
A sled is a vehicle used to travel over snow. It has a flat bottom or narrow metal strips on the bottom to help it move over the snow. Children often use sleds to move quickly down small hills covered in snow.