Inspired by nature | KS2 | Year 5 | Grammar
Coordinating conjunctions: marine iguana
We are learning how to use a range of coordinating conjunctions to write multi-clause (compound) sentences.
Context: marine iguana
The marine iguana is a truly unique reptile. It can only be found on the Galapagos 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’ out unwanted salt from their nostrils.
In this fascinating clip, marine iguana hatchlings, having just emerged from their burrows, must escape a bed of racer snakes, who are eager to swallow them whole. Will dinner be served? Watch the clip to find out.
Discuss the meanings of the words highlighted in bold.
Can you list some strong verbs that accurately describe the way the marine iguanas and racer snakes moved at different points in the film clip?
e.g. scampered, darted, coiled…