Here is a fascinating lesson, dealing with the unique topic of Komodo dragons, the largest lizards in the world! There is a 2 ½ page informational narrative, followed by 12 multiple choice comprehension questions, further followed by 13 matching vocabulary questions. It also comes with a Komodo dragon photograph which was a taken at a zoo.
The narrative starts with a few sentences about winged, fire-breathing storybook dragons and leads to the surprising fact that dragon-like creatures called Komodo dragons live today and are the largest lizards on earth! At this point students should be eager to read that Komodo dragons are born from eggs, climb trees when they’re young, and have many features that make them fierce hunters. It tells what Komodo dragons eat, about their scales, and that Komodo dragons are reptiles and monitor lizards. The narrative shares where Komodo dragons come from, where they live now and how they got their name. It gives their life span and tells what happened to them after they were discovered on Komodo Island in 1912. It concludes by giving the reason why Komodo National Park was formed.
The 12 multiple choice comprehension questions are both literal and inferential. Comprehension skills include main idea, details, comparison, causes and effects, making inferences, drawing conclusions, and differentiating fact from fiction. The vocabulary words taught and tested are: carnivore, carrion, distress, extinction, fictional, fierce, native, plod, poached, prey, scarcity, scent, and toxic. There are 13 matching questions for the vocabulary words and their meanings. The eighth page is the answer key.