4th pillbugs

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Name: ___________________________ Roly-Poly Pill Bugs by Cynthia Sherwood Pill bugs also have something in common with snakes. Just as snakes shed their skin when it gets too small, pill bugs do too. This is called “molting.” A pill bug molts about five times until it is full-grown. Some people are afraid of bugs such as spiders or beetles. But there is one bug that just about everybody likes—pill bugs. If you Pill bugs are a little like owls, too. Pill ever pick one up, you know why its bugs are nocturnal, meaning they are nickname is “roly-poly.” A pill bug rolls up most active at night. That is when they into a tight little ball to protect itself. This bug most like to wander around and look is scared of you, not the other way around! for food. And just like earthworms, pill bugs help break down plants in the These little gray or brown bugs can be found soil. Pill bugs aren’t just nice bugs. They almost everywhere in the United States are also interesting ones! except the desert. That is because they need to stay moist. But they can live in dry places like California thanks to lawn sprinklers. One of their favorite hang-outs is under damp flower pots. Did you know that pill bugs have something in common with kangaroos? After her eggs hatch, the mother pill bug carries her young in a pouch under her belly. The little pill bugs stay there until they are big enough to be on their own. Super Teacher Worksheets - www.superteacherworksheets.com

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Name: ___________________________ Roly-Poly Pill Bugs by Cynthia Sherwood 1. Why are pill bugs nicknamed “roly-poly”? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 2. Where would you be least likely to find a pill bug? a. under a large rock near a pond b. under a log near a downspout c. in a vegetable garden d. hiding in the roots of a cactus 3. How is a pill bug like a kangaroo? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 4. What does the word “molting” mean? a. active at night b. shedding its skin c. crawling in a damp place d. crawling like a snake 5. How are pill bugs and earthworms alike? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 6. Which statement from the article is an opinion? a. This bug is scared of you, not the other way around. b. A pill bug molts about five times until it is full-grown. c. Pill bugs aren't just nice bugs; they are interesting ones. d. One of their favorite hang-outs is under damp flower pots. Super Teacher Worksheets - www.superteacherworksheets.com