See You Later Alligator
This TopicQuest was designed for a 2nd Grader
By Farrah Moore, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher


Have you ever seen an alligator?  Have you ever visited an alligator farm?  We are going to find out where alligators live and how big they can get.  We are also going to find out what alligators eat.

Alligators are large, lizard-shaped reptiles that have a scaly, dark-colored hide broad snout and long muscular tail.  Where do gators live?
18footer This is an eighteen foot alligator.  Alligators sizes can range from 6 feet to 19 feet long.  Males generally average about 4 feet larger than females and can weigh more than 1300 lbs.
Food Habits.  Their diet includes prey species that are plentyful and easy to catch.  They have strong jaws that can crack a turtle shell.  They use their sharp teeth to hold and seize prey.   At a zoo, they are fed mostly rats and on some occasions chickens and rabbits.
Baby gatorsBaby alligators are the most vocal reptiles, and all of their sounds they make have a special meaning to other alligators.  They talk by grunting, barking, and squealing.
 Want to know some other interesting facts about alligators.  Visit the encyclopedia.  You will learn a little bit of everything.
 You want to know what the difference is between an alligator and a crocodile?  Check these Croc Files to find out.

Scenario Mission

Now that your finished learning all the interesting facts about the alligator, you have a mission.  You are going to apply for a job at St. Augustine's Alligator Farm.  In order to work there you will need to know all there is to know about alligators. You will visit this website to get your facts.  You will qualify for this job, if you past the  test.  If you past the test you advance on to your wonderful new job at the farm.  Your job will be to determine the difference between an alligator and a crocodile.  You will have to list two things that make them different and draw pictures showing the difference between the two.  When you are completed your pictures will be displayed all across America for everyone to see. 
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

Mission Steps
Step 1: Visit this website for your facts about alligators.

Step 2:  Take the test.  You pass the test, you move on.

Step 3:  Determine the difference between an alligator and a crocodile.  You will need to write out two things that make an alligator different from a crocodile.  Under each listing, you will draw an alligator and a crocodile showing the differences by what you listed.  You will need to identify on each picture what is different between the two pictures.

Step 4:  You are done.  You will now be able to show your pictures to your family and everyone in America.


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