Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 3 | Grammar

Commas for lists: marine iguana

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning to use commas in lists.

Context: marine iguana

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p091vk5h/player

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Credit: BBC One - A Perfect Planet

Clip Description

The marine iguana is a truly unique reptile. It can only be found on the Gálapagos Islands, and it is the world’s only lizard capable of foraging for food in the sea. With short, blunt snouts and razor-sharp teeth, the lizards feed on underwater algae and seaweed. Back on land, iguanas can often be seen ‘sneezing’ unwanted salt from their nostrils.

In this fascinating clip, a marine iguana spots some tasty seaweed on land. Unfortunately for the iguana, the seaweed is part of a cormorant’s nest. The cormorant fiercely guards her precious material by pecking the iguana repeatedly. Will the hungry reptile have more luck in the ocean? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

Can you list some strong verbs that accurately describe the way the marine iguanas move on land and in the water?

e.g. (land) scampered, (water) glided, …