Primary Worksheets: Echidna

Primary worksheets on the topic of the echidna designed for primary school students. A basic passage with questions at the end to answer, testing the students comprehension levels.

Animals such as the echidna are unusual. Echidna – pronounced “ee-kid-na” – is sometimes called a spiny anteater because of its sharp spines and habit of eating ants. Only echidnas lay eggs, along with the platypus, a relative. The anteater is not related to porcupines or hedgehogs, despite their similar appearance.

Echidnas come in three different kinds or species. Echidnas of the short-nosed variety are found throughout Australia and Tasmania. New Guinea is home to only two species of long-nosed echidna.

Echidnas have a short tail and are stocky. Spines stick out of their brown fur. They have strong claws on their feet that are useful for digging. Their tongues are very long and sticky, and they have very small mouths. With its long, sticky tongue, the short-nosed echidna catches ants and termites. Earthworms are the main food of long-nosed echidnas.

Basic Tips

When teaching a new concept to a student, make it as visual as possible. Concepts become more comprehensible. A standard lesson should follow this basic structure:

  • Introduction: gather what knowledge the students have on the topic. Assess and evaluate your level to base how much assistance they require throughout the lesson
  • Concept: teaching the actual topic of the lesson. Highlight the difficulty the students are having and apply the appropriate action. For example, if they do not understand the meaning of a word, get them to highlight it for further studying in the future.
  • Evaluation: conclude the lesson by getting the students to feedback what you have taught. Ensure they comprehend the topic and know the main points.

Build the confidence level of students through active participation. Encourage projects for them to do what they have learnt into practical use. The more engaging the lesson is, the better the result.

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