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Crocodiles and Alligators

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Crocodilians have been around since the dinosaurs! Explore facts and myths about these prehistoric reptiles that still exist today.

Open The Crocodile Files at http://www.envirolink.org/oneworld/tales/crocs/dinodays.html. Read the paragraphs carefully.

Why do you think that the title is "Crocs Rule"?



Have you ever heard a crocodile? Click on "Hear Me Talk" and download the audio. Can you make that sound?


Have you ever watched a crocodile move? Click on "See Me Run" and download the movie. Do you think that you could outrun a crocodile?

At the same site, proceed to Smart Reptiles.

This site says that crocodiles are the most intelligent of reptiles. Give two examples of behaviors which demonstrate intelligence.



What other basis do the site's authors give for their statement that crocodiles are smart?



Now let's visit a Web site about alligators. The American Alligator can be located at http://gnv.ifas.ufl.edu/www/agator/htm/aligator.htm.

Click "Summary" on the first page and write five facts about the alligator.



Extension Activity

There are many legends and myths about crocodiles. Return to The Crocodile Files and click on "Cinderella Crocodile." Read the legend and then make up your own legend about the crocodile to share with your class.


Teacher's Notes

Crocodiles and Alligators Teacher's Notes
Grade Levels: 3–6
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about crocodiles and alligators
  • Analyze information
  • Download audio
  • Download movies

Time Required: 1–2 class periods

  • Subjects:
    Biology and Life Science, Reptiles and Amphibians
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