Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 3 | Grammar

Paragraphs: howler monkey

2 - The Grammar Bit

The Grammar Bit!

Read the information opposite, which is about howler monkeys.

You will notice that the sentences are organised into three paragraphs. A paragraph is a collection of sentences based around a particular topic or idea. When the topic or idea changes, a new paragraph is needed. A long piece of writing is much easier to read if it is divided into paragraphs.

See if you can answer the following questions:

  • Which paragraph is about the grasping tail of a howler monkey?
  • Which paragraph is about the diet of a howler monkey?
  • Which paragraph is about the noises that howler monkeys make?

Scintillating Sentences

Howler Monkeys

Howler monkeys feed mostly on leaves, but will sometimes eat fruit, seeds, flowers, buds and moss. They will occasionally steal birds’ eggs. Because leaves take a very long time to digest, much of each howler monkey’s day is spent resting. This makes howlers one of the most peaceful monkey species.

Howler monkeys have a prehensile (gripping) tail. The monkeys use their tail as a fifth limb to grip branches. Although they are quite large, they are actually quite light, and their tail can easily hold their own weight.

The howler monkey is famous for having one of the loudest calls in the animal kingdom. Howler monkeys usually howl during the mornings and evenings to alert neighbouring troops of their presence.

Did you know?

Black howler monkeys are the largest monkeys found in the rainforests of South and Central America, and they very rarely leave the treetops. They  drink by wetting their hands on moist leaves and licking the water off their hands.