What is an Extremophile? - Lesson for Kids


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What is so special about the living things we call ''extremophiles?''

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1. The Pompeii Worm is one kind of thermophile. What is special about it?

2. Psychrophiles are one kind of extremophile. Which of these environments might have psychrophiles living in it?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Extremophiles are weird creatures! See if you know how they're special by answering these quiz/worksheet questions. You'll need to know what extremophiles and thermophiles are, among other details.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test yourself on these subjects:

  • The place where a psychrophile might live
  • Extremophile that lives at the bottom of the ocean
  • The reasons why scientists choose to study extremophiles

Skills Practiced

  • Reading awareness - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on extremophiles, like what makes them special
  • Learning practice - use what you know to answer questions about why scientists study extremophiles and where they live
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about the Pompeii Worm and psychrophiles

Additional Learning

For more on these unique organisms, feel free to read or watch the lesson named What is an Extremophile? - Lesson for Kids. The points listed below will be covered:

  • The meaning of the word 'extremophile'
  • The Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog and its adaptation to the cold
  • Extremophiles that live in Yellowstone National Park
  • Other extremophiles and how they live in weird environments