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Written by Katie Marsico
Part of Series: Nature's Children


ISBN: 978-0-531-23361-0

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At a length of up to 23 feet and weighing about half as much as a car, the saltwater alligator is the largest reptile species on Earth. Readers will find out how these mighty predators capture prey, from how its teeth keep trapped animals from escaping to how it relies on the element of surprise. They will also learn how the 'saltie' cares for its young and how long the species has existed.
Item #: 621792
Imprint: Children's Press
Copyright: 2014
Trim Size: 7 1/4" x 8 3/8"
Pages: 48
Grades: 3 - 5
Ages: 8 - 10
Dewey #: 597.98
Guided Reading Level: S
Lexile Level: 1040L
AR Quiz #: 161655
AR Points: 1.0
ATOS Level: 6.7
  • Large photos allow readers to get a close look at the animals in their natural habitats
  • Discover where the animals live with the habitat map
  • Informative text offers a clear view of the animals’ role in nature
  • Glossaries define important vocabulary specific to each book
  • Fact file provides an easy reference for vital information about the animals’ classification and basic habits
  • www.factsfornow.scholastic.com is available for those students who want to learn more about the topic. This excellent website contains rich content, as well as other suggested websites vetted by our editors
  • Science nonfiction texts about the animals children are most interested in that meet students' need for complex informational texts
  • Related articles and web links available on www.factsfornow.scholastic.com with which students can meet the Informational Reading Anchor Standard 9
  • A glossary of domain-specific vocabulary words which connects to Language standards for Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
  • Source material on fascinating animals for students to meet Writing standards by creating opinion pieces and informative texts
  • Animal classification information and realistic, detailed photos with captions provide text features that help students meet Informational Reading Anchor Standard 7