Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Dinosaurs
An Ancient Swim Team-Sea Reptiles!

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs


An Ancient Swim Team-Sea Reptiles!
Print An Ancient Swim Team-Sea Reptiles! Reading Comprehension with Third Grade Work

Print An Ancient Swim Team-Sea Reptiles! Reading Comprehension with Fourth Grade Work

Print An Ancient Swim Team-Sea Reptiles! Reading Comprehension with Fifth Grade Work

Print An Ancient Swim Team-Sea Reptiles! Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.58

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    criss, ichthyosaur, nothosaur, nothosaurs, circular, ancient, snout, clumsy, unique, underwater, easily, beating, peering, reptile, rubbery, beak
     content words:    Late Triassic, Mary Anning, Finding Nemo


An Ancient Swim Team-Sea Reptiles!
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Putting together a swim team in ancient times would have been exciting. Sea reptiles would have been good members of your team. They loved to just keep swimming all the time!
 
2     These reptiles had good reasons for going to sea. Swimming was easier than walking on land. They found more food. Their bodies changed a little to adapt to life in the ocean. Their bodies had extra fingers and toe bones. Many of them also had fins and flippers. They even had extra bones in their flippers to make them stiffer. All of this helped them swim fast.
 
3     But they couldn't swim all the time no matter how much they liked it. Reptiles breathed air, so they still had to come up to the water's surface. Sea reptiles had nostrils on top of their heads to make it easier to catch a breath. They probably looked like sea monsters peering up from the smooth seas.
 
4     Sea reptiles also had a flap at the back of their mouth. This flap closed their windpipes so water did not go down their throats. It is hard to know how long these reptiles stayed underwater. Modern crocodiles can sit down below for several hours when they are resting. But they come up for air every 5 to 10 minutes when they are busy swimming.
 
5     If you made a swim team with different sea reptiles, you would discover that they all had different ways of swimming. They had different kinds of strokes. Some of them zipped through the water like fish. They used their tails to push through the water as they bent from side to side. Others used their flippers. They made a circular motion with them. Their front flippers did all the work. The back ones hardly moved at all.

Paragraphs 6 to 11:
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 An Ancient Swim Team-Sea Reptiles!
Leave your feedback on An Ancient Swim Team-Sea Reptiles!  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Dinosaurs
             Dinosaurs


Science
             Science


    Careers in Science  
 
    Caring for Earth  
 
    Clouds  
 
    Dinosaurs  
 
    Earth's Land  
 
    Earth  
 
    Earthquakes  
 
    Electricity  
 
    Energy  
 
    Erosion  
 
    Food Pyramid  
 
    Food Webs and Food Chain  
 
    Forces and Motion  
 
    Fossils  
 
    Health and Nutrition  
 
    How Things Work  
 
    Landforms  
 
    Life Science  
 
    Light  
 
    Magnets  
 
    Matter  
 
 
    Moon  
 
    Natural Disasters  
 
    Photosynthesis  
 
    Plant and Animal Cells  
 
    Plants  
 
    Rocks and Minerals  
 
    Science Process Skills  
 
    Scientific Notation  
 
    Seasons  
 
    Simple Machines  
 
    Soil  
 
    Solar System  
 
    Sound  
 
    Space and Stars  
 
    Sun  
 
    Tsunami  
 
    Volcanoes  
 
    Water Cycle  
 
    Water  
 
    Weather  
 



Copyright © 2017 edHelper