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Upon completion, students will be able to:
- Ask and answer questions about crocodiles
- Differentiate the characteristics of different types of crocodiles
- Describe the habitats of various crocodiles around the world
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.
- Copies of the quiz
- Copies of the lesson
- Construction paper
- Colored pencils
Reading & Discussion Questions
- Preview vocabulary with students before reading the lesson.
- Read Crocodile: Characteristics & Habitat as a class, and discuss the following questions:
- Crocodiles are close descendants of which prehistoric animals?
- How are crocodiles and alligators different from each other?
- Which reptiles are larger than crocodiles?
- Which type of crocodile lives in the Florida Everglades?
- How large are American crocodiles?
- What type of habitat do American crocodiles live in?
- What are some ways that crocodiles regulate their body temperature?
- Where do the Nile crocodiles live?
- What type of habitat does the Nile crocodile prefer?
- What size are Nile crocodiles?
- What does the Nile crocodile eat?
- Where do saltwater crocodiles live?
- How are saltwater crocodiles different from American and Nile crocodiles?
- Describe the birth of baby crocodiles.
- Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
- Check the answers as a class.
Crocodile Habitats Foldable
Materials: scissors, construction paper, colored pencils, copies of the lesson
- After reviewing the lesson on crocodiles, provide each student with a set of materials.
- Have students fold a piece of construction paper in half.
- Have students fold the same piece of construction paper in thirds. Have students unfold the thirds and cut the top half of the paper on the crease to create three flaps.
- On top of the first flap, have students write and draw the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. On the top of the second flap, have students write and draw Africa and Madagascar. On the top of the third flap, have students write and draw India, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
- Under each flap, have students write a description of the crocodile habitat in that area.
- In the space below each flap, have students draw and write the following about the crocodiles that live in that habitat:
- Type of the crocodile
- Size of the crocodile
- Diet of the crocodile
- An interesting fact about that crocodile
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