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It's half term so no post this week. Instead, one of my comprehension assessments for 7-year-olds. If you want to administer it properly, you should allow 45 minutes only.

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The Kimono Dragon

by Carl Headley-Morris

 

 

I bet you have heard about all sorts of strange and exotic animals, haven’t you?  Well, did you ever hear about the kimono dragon of SouthEast Asia?  It is a truly remarkable creature.

 

Appearance

Growing to around 1m from snout to tail, the Kimono Dragon has soft, shimmering skin that reflects the light in a way that has fascinated herpetologists since it was discovered in the late 1870s.  Despite their size, they are incredibly lightweight, often weighing less than a coconut.

 

Habitat

For years, animal researchers believed that kimono dragons could fly because their nests were often found at the tops of trees.  It was later discovered, quite by accident, that the dragons were expert climbers and managed not only to climb up to their nests but to do so in a way that didn’t disturb a single leaf.  This made tracking them very difficult indeed.

 

Diet

Kimono dragons will eat all sorts of insects and sometimes even small birds.  They have to eat a lot to survive though.  Eating mostly at sunset, they use their long, sticky, agile tongues to snap the insects out of the air.  

 

Did you know…? 

When sunlight hits the skin of the kimono dragon, it refracts (splits up) and reflects back a dizzying rainbow light show.  Scientists believe that the purpose of this is to confuse its predators, as the dragon itself has very few defence mechanisms.  It is thought that they reflect the colours, in order, of whatever insects they have eaten.  So a kimono dragon that eats green insects, then red, then blue will glow green, then red, then blue.  Can you imagine that?  A walking, reptilian disco ball!



Questions:

 

1

Find and copy a word that means unusual.




1

2

Where in the world do kimono dragons live?




1

3

Can Kimono dragons fly?

Yes

No

1


Explain your answer using evidence from the text.








2

4

It was later discovered, quite by accident,...



What does quite by accident tell us about the researchers’ discovery?








1

5

Where would you be most likely to find this text?



Newspaper

Story book

Animal website




Explain why













3

6

The sentences below have some mistakes.

Circle the letter that contains a punctuation error.



One evening, the

kimono dragon

was getting ready

for its supper



a

b

c

d

1


the air was crisp

and cool.  The 

dragon gripped its

branch tightly.



a

b

c

d

1


It began humming

a gentle hum

to attract, the bugs

it would eat.



a

b

c

d

1

7

Do you think kimono dragons are real?

Yes

No



Explain your answer using evidence from the text.








2

8

What do the following words mean, in the context of this text?



shimmering




1


researchers




1


defense




1

9

Find and copy an example of an adjective from the first paragraph.




1

10

In which section of the text would I find what kimono dragons eat?




1

Write your own animal fact sheet.

Think about where the animal lives, what it looks like and what it eats.  It is a good idea to end with a really interesting ‘wow’ fact.