GARY WILLIAMS 2011 1

Encyclopedia

crocodile A crocodile is a large reptile with strong jaws that lives in warm areas of the planet. They have webbed feet that help them to swim very quickly. Crocodiles attack animals by biting them and pulling them underwater. koala A koala is a special kind of mammal called a marsupial. This means it carries its babies in a pouch on its stomach. Another famous kind of marsupial is a kangaroo. Many people think a koala is a kind of bear, but actually it is not. Koalas are good at climbing tree branches. salamander A salamander is a brightly colored amphibian that looks like a lizard. Sometimes, when a salamander is attacked by another animal, it can drop its tail to distract the attacker! The tail will wiggle and move around and while the attacking animal is looking at the tail, or trying to eat it, the salamander will run away! tuatara A tuatara is a small reptile, which looks like a lizard, but is actually the only example of a dinosaur still alive on our planet. Tuataras live on the land and move around only at night. One tuatara, named Henry, lives in a museum in Invercargill, New Zealand and he is 112 years old!

1) Answer the questions with “True” or “False” a) A crocodile has a powerful mouth. (____________)

b) A crocodile attacks animals by biting them and spitting on them. (____________) c) A koala is a kind of bear. d) Sometimes a salamander will let its tail fall off. e) A tuatara is a kind of dinosaur. (____________) (____________) (____________)

2) Circle four adjectives that describe a crocodile:

large cute

slow brightly coloured

strong dangerous

fast weak

3) Finish the sentences with words from the box:

captivity reptile

encyclopedia dictionary wild amphibian mammal marsupial

a) An _______________________ can show us a lot of different information about many subjects. b) A _______________________ is a list of words and their meaning in alphabetical order. c) Animals that live in the _______________________ can be dangerous and unpredictable. d) A salamander is a kind of _______________________ . e) A tuatara is a kind of _______________________ . f) A koala is a special kind of _______________________ called a marsupial. Answer the questions with full sentences:

6) What helps a crocodile to swim fast?

7) Where do mother koalas carry young koalas to keep them safe?

GARY WILLIAMS 2011 3 ANSWERS

1) Answer the questions with “True” or “False”

a) A crocodile has a powerful mouth.

true

b) A crocodile attacks animals by biting them and spitting on them. false c) A koala is a kind of bear. d) Sometimes a salamander will let its tail fall off. e) A tuatara is a kind of dinosaur. false true True

2) Circle four adjectives that describe a crocodile:

large cute

slow brightly coloured

strong dangerous

fast weak

3) Finish the sentences with words from the box:

captivity reptile

encyclopedia dictionary wild amphibian mammal marsupial

a) An encyclopedia can show us a lot of different information about many subjects. b) A dictionary is a list of words and their meaning in alphabetical order. c) Animals that live in the wild can be dangerous and unpredictable. d) A salamander is a kind of amphibian. e) A tuatara is a kind of reptile. f) A koala is a special kind of mammal called a marsupial.

Answer the questions with full sentences:

6) What helps a crocodile to swim fast? Its webbed feet help a crocodile to swim fast.

7) Where do mother koalas carry young koalas to keep them safe? They carry young koalas in a pouch on their stomach.