Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Animal Themes
Mammals
Freshwater
Platypuses

Animal Themes
Animal Themes


Platypuses
Print Platypuses Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Platypuses Reading Comprehension


Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.04

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    lakeshores, spur, lengthy, long-beaked, short-beaked, tunnel-like, undercoat, wetsuit, hairless, wean, egg-laying, horny, covering, shortly, monotremes, blue-gray
     content words:    British Museum, Natural History


Platypuses   

1     Can you picture an animal that has a beak shaped like a duck's, a tail like a beaver's, and a bone structure like a reptile's? Oh, did I also mention that this strange-looking animal lays eggs? Well, if you have a hard time picturing what this animal may look like, you are not alone.
 
2     When the British settlers in Australia had their first sighting of the platypus in 1797, they could not believe what they saw. Was the platypus a bird, a mammal, or a reptile? Upon examining a specimen, scientists back in England said it was a fraud. They suspected that the specimen had been made by stitching many different animals' body parts together. One scientist even used a pair of scissors to try to pry the "duck's beak" off the specimen! This very first platypus specimen, with scissor marks still visible, is preserved and on display in the British Museum of Natural History in London.
 
3     After many lengthy debates that lasted for almost a century, scientists finally confirmed that the platypus is a mammal. They classified it, along with the other two egg-laying mammal species (the short-beaked echidna and the long-beaked echidna), as monotremes.

Paragraphs 4 to 10:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Feedback on Platypuses
Leave your feedback on Platypuses  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Animal Themes
             Animal Themes


Mammals
             Mammals


Freshwater
             Freshwater



Animals
    Amphibians  
 
    Birds  
 
    Deserts  
 
    Fish  
 
    Freshwater  
 
    Grasslands  
 
    Insects  
 
 
    Invertebrates  
 
    Mammals  
 
    Oceans  
 
    Polar Regions  
 
    Rain Forest  
 
    Reptiles  
 



Copyright © 2017 edHelper