The Octopus Scientists Reading Questions Teacher Sheet

The Octopus Scientists Reading Questions Teacher Sheet


The following reading questions are a measurement of judging how in depth students have read the text.

Reading Questions

What scientific work did Jennifer Mathers do before deciding to research octopods? P. 7
She studied the eye movements of people with schizophrenia.

What are three reasons why it’s hard to work in a marine environment? P. 28-31
Lack of air, salt water corrodes equipment, sunburns, human senses are distorted underwater, you get cold easily, coral cuts skin, the dive mask pulls your hair.

Explain what a nematocyst is. P. 45
An organ of an anemone which injects venom into small fish and shrimp after harpooning them.

Name the components of the octopus personality test. P. 27
Approach the octopus, touch it with a pencil, and take prey remains from around its den.

Throughout the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, multiple natural catastrophes impacted Moorea. What effects did these catastrophes have on the area? P. 18
These events made Moorea’s previously pristine reefs a valuable living laboratory. They allowed researchers to study how reefs respond to natural disasters.

How long do octopods typically live? P.11
They typically live three to five years.

How many hearts does an octopus have? What does each heart do? P. 11
An octopus has three hearts. The central heart functions as any other heart would, while the two others pump blood at the base of each gill.

Explain the difference between a male and a female octopus. P. 54
A female will have suckers all the way to the tip of its third right arm while the male’s third right arm has a specialized tip called the ligula.

This teacher sheet is a part of the The Octopus Scientists lesson.

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