The Dino Files: Triceratops

The Triceratops may have had three horns, but it was a quadruped, meaning it stood and walked on all four legs. Read about this herbivorous dinosaur, its behaviors, and how it protected itself from predators.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research other dinosaurs that lived in North America during the Cretaceous period along side the Triceratops
  • Instruct readers to highlight their answers within the text
  • Use in conjunction with the Classroom Dinosaur Dig resource
Classroom Considerations

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  • Only contains four comprehension questions; consider adding more to extend the learning

  • Comes in four additional reading passages at different Lexile┬« levels for grades 2 through 6
  • Has scaled images of the dinosaur and its skeleton

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