This lesson was created as a part of the SMART website and is hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology
This lesson will introduce primary students to large reptiles: crocodiles and alligators. Students will study the size, diet, physical characteristics, raising of young, and habitat of these reptiles. They will learn about the similarities and differences between crocodiles and alligators.
(Once you visit any of these sites, use the "back button" on the browser to return to this lesson.)
1. These animals are the largest
REPTILES in the world. To
find out more about REPTILES, click on these site.
Answer question 1. below
http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/ and click on Reptile House on that page.
2. Crocodiles and alligators belong to the same family. This family of animals are called CROCODILIANS. Click on each of these sites. Print out a picture of the American Alligator and the American Crocodile. Then write four ways that they are different.
3. Where do crocodiles and alligators make their home? They like to live in a HABITAT which is swampy and warm. Everglades National Park has swamps where both alligators and crocodiles live. Click on these web sites to learn more about SWAMPS and EVERGLADE NATIONAL PARK.
Question: Where is Everglades National Park?
4. Crocodiles and alligators only live in certain parts of the world. Click on this site to find the "distribution" (where they live) of the American alligator and the slender-snouted crocodile. Write your answer on the "trip sheet."
5. Crocodiles and alligators have SPECIAL ADAPTATIONS which help them survive. Click on this site and answer the question "Why do crocodiles prefer "calm water"?
6. Crocodiles and alligators are CARNIVORES or MEAT-EATERS. Click on this site and scroll down to see what animals they like to eat. List five animals that would be on their menu.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile
7. Crocodiles and alligators lived at the same time as dinosaurs. Check out this web site and write the names of three ancient crocodilians on your sheet.