Chameleons Are Cool: Read and Wonder by Martin JenkinsSummary and Critique:
This book describes the vast members of the reptile family and then narrows down to focus on chameleons specifically. Subjects covered include diet, size, appearance, temperament, and predatory abilities. One strength of this book was the captions under many of the illustrations, adding details to the main text. A criticism of the work is that it occasionally uses condescending language and controlled vocabulary.
When reading this piece, I considered its usefulness during animal biome projects. Instead of having students study fact-filled cards, they may read a narrative which communicates the same information. Not only would this more successfully relay information, it would allow students to develop literacy and give context for new words. In order to complete this project though, I would need to locate numerous other books of a similar format. After developing an understanding of key vocabulary with the group, this text would be accessible for as young as third graders.
Genre: Informational Books
Format: Picture Book
Reading level: Grades 3-4
Topic: Camouflage, Reptiles
Gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status: N/A, this is an informational book about animals
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8 facts about chameleons you won’t believe are true!
The chameleon is most well-known for its ability to change colour depending on its environment. Read on for eight more simply amazing facts about chameleons that you can wow your friends with! The island of Madagascar, off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, is renowned for the thousands of different species of animal that can only be found there due to its geographical isolation. This is also the case with the chameleon. Worldwide, there are thought to be around species of chameleon — but we know that 59 of these species can only be found on Madagascar! Shakespeare mentioned numerous animals in his plays, from apes to asses and moles to mice.
Chameleons can shoot out their tongues at alarming speeds, use their tails as extra limbs, and even see in two different directions at once. Impressive, no? Most lizards have fairly unremarkable feet. In the majority of species, they're comprised of four to five toes that can move independently of each other—just as ours do. But evolution has taken chameleon limbs in a very different direction. One pad contains three digits that are fused together while the other has two fused digits.
Chameleons or chamaeleons family Chamaeleonidae are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of old world lizards with species described as of June These species come in a range of colors , and many species have the ability to change colors. All chameleons are found in the Old World , but most live in Madagascar and Africa. Another, the common chameleon, is native to Spain , Portugal , the islands in the Mediterranean Sea , and the Near East. Chameleons live in a variety of habitats , from rain forests and lowlands to deserts, semi-deserts, scrub savannas, and even mountains. Many inhabit trees, but some live in grass or on small bushes, fallen leaves, or dry branches. As a species, chameleons will generally live 2 to 3 years in the wild.
Check out our range of fun chameleon facts for kids. Learn why chameleons change color, how many speices of chameleon their are, what they eat and much .
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Chameleons are reptiles that are part of the iguana suborder. These colorful lizards are known as one of the few animals that can change skin color.
Known as the master of disguise, the chameleon has a very handy trick of blending in with its surroundings. For example, a green chameleon will typically be found living among greenery like leaves and bushes, while a brown chameleon may be found on the ground. As an added bonus, this helps protect chameleons from predators and makes it much easier for them to catch their prey. The tongue acts as a weapon and bug catcher for the chameleon. The varieties of insects they like to eat include locusts, mantids, grasshoppers, stick bugs, and crickets.