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A science reading lesson on different kinds of reptiles.
 

ALL ABOUT REPTILES

A science lesson on the differences between various types of reptiles. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

Suggested Grades:

Adaptable to 1st Grade - 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade

 

Objectives:

By completing this lesson, students will learn about different kinds and characteristics of reptiles, and in the process demonstrate their reading comprehension skills, including reading strategies, inference, literal meaning, and critical analysis.

 

Teachers -- Use this passage to test your students' reading comprehension and understanding.

 

 

  

 
 
 

 

ALL ABOUT REPTILES LESSON

 

Directions:

Print the All About Reptiles reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  For younger students, or as an option, teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

 

Lesson Excerpt

Have you ever seen a reptile outdoors or at the zoo? Perhaps you have a reptile as a pet. There are many different kinds of reptiles in the world. Some reptiles you've probably seen include snakes, komodo dragons, geckos, crocodiles, alligators, and turtles.

Reptiles are classified under the group known as vertebrates. Any organism that is a vertebrate has a backbone. Humans are also vertebrates, though they are not reptiles.

Reptiles are also classified by how many legs they have. A reptile has four legs so it is known as a tetrapod. They are called tetrapods because "tetra" is the Greek word meaning four. Pod is the Greek word meaning legged. So tetrapod is the perfect word for four-legged species.

Reptiles are divided into four main groups that are alive today. The four groups are Crocodilia, Rhynchocephalia, Squamata, and Chelonia. There are many reptile species that are now extinct. One species of extinct reptiles were known as the Dinosaurs.

Crocodilia

Crocodilia contains approximately 23 different species. This group is believed to have descended from Dinosaurs. It is also the closest reptile group to birds. Over 220 million years ago other reptile species evolved into the species that now fits into the group called Crocodilia. (continued...)

 

 

LESSON PRINTABLES

All About Reptiles

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