This is a comparing/ contrast mini-lesson about alligators and crocodiles. The informational text is about one page long. It is followed by two pages of reading comprehension questions. The first six require students to write short answers. The next twelve questions consist of statements about the two reptiles. With these questions, students must decide whether they apply to an alligator, crocodile or both. The questions will serve as preparation for ones on standardized tests. The reading skills involved are locating details, making inferences, drawing conclusions, and of course comparing and contrasting the likenesses and differences. Vocabulary words taught and tested are snout and prey. This mini-lesson also comes with a drawing of both an alligator and one of a crocodile. The fourth page is the answer key.
I think your students will enjoy doing this mini-lesson, but more importantly it will enhance their ability to understand the
organization of a comparing/ contrasting paper. The drawings will help students see differences in the two animals’ appearance. This product will be easy for you to print off. It will also be easy for you to edit if necessary.