This story is taken from Explorer magazine, a nonfiction reading resource for learners in second to fifth grade, published by National Geographic Society. Have your students read the story and then test their comprehension with the reading and/or content activities included in the story.

Tall Tales

Because of their great size and length, giraffe bodies have developed a number of adaptations.

Noun

a modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence. An adaptation is passed from generation to generation.

bond
Noun

social link or connection.

conservationist
Noun

person who works to preserve natural habitats.

evolve
Verb

to develop new characteristics based on adaptation and natural selection.

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

social
Adjective

having to do with a community or other group of organized people.

Noun

group of similar organisms that can reproduce with each other.