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Read and Understand Non-Chronological Reports

In this worksheet, students read a non-chronological report about bats and then answer questions on its content and structure.

'Read and Understand Non-Chronological Reports' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Retrieve and Record Information

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

You may have read lots of chronological reports, such as instructions, explanations and recounts. These are all written in time order from beginning to end, and have to be written like this so that they make sense.

This worksheet is about a non-chronological report. This is a type of non-fiction text that isn't written in time order. It gives information on a particular subject and will include many facts.

Read the following non-chronological report on bats and then answer the questions in the worksheet. Remember that you can look back at the text as often as you like by clicking the Help button.

 

Bats

A bat is a flying mammal.

 

There are more than 1,000 different species of bat and they are found in every continent in the world except Antarctica. Bats can live in caves, trees, houses and even under bridges. Some species of bat live alone but some live with thousands of other bats in colonies. Bats are nocturnal.

 

Bats have strong wings for flying and strong claws that allow them to hang upside down. They have extremely good hearing and find their way around at night by picking up echoes from objects around them. They have a good sense of smell and are not blind, despite the popular saying 'blind as a bat'.

 

Most species of bat eat insects, but some eat fruit or fish, and there are three species of vampire bats that feed only on blood.

 

Many people think that bats are birds because they can fly, but they have fur rather than feathers and are warm blooded. Bats are born alive whereas birds are hatched from eggs. Although bats and birds both have wings, bats also have hands with fingers, and birds do not.

 

Although some mammals such as flying squirrels can glide through the air, bats are the only mammal that can truly fly.

The first six questions are about the information contained in the report. Remember that you can look back at the introduction as often as you like by clicking on the Help button.

 

How many species of bat are there in the world?

about 500

nearly 1,000

over 1,000

In which part of the world do bats live?

only in Europe

in Europe and Antarctica

everywhere except Antarctica

Decide whether the following statement is true or false.

 

Most bats are blind.

true

false

Which of the following items do bats eat?

Tick four boxes.

eggs

blood

bread

fruit

cheese

fish

insects

Bats are mammals, not birds. Which of the following statements is not true?

Bats have fur.

Bats have hands and feet.

Bats hatch from eggs.

Bats are warm-blooded.

Sometimes reports contain words that we might not understand. It can be useful to read around the word, using the rest of the sentence to help.

 

Some species of bat live alone but some live with thousands of other bats in colonies.

 

What are colonies?

a group of bats

a small island

somewhere dark

The next two questions are about how the report is presented.

Non-chronological reports are divided into paragraphs to make them easier to understand. Each paragraph contains information about one aspect of the topic.

 

Look at the report again and then match up the paragraphs with their descriptions. Hover your mouse over the box if you can't read the whole of the information.

Column A

Column B

paragraph 1
introductory sentence stating what bats are
paragraph 2
where bats live
paragraph 3
what bats eat
paragraph 4
a final fact about bats to conclude the report
paragraph 5
the difference between mammals and birds
paragraph 6
bats' bodies and senses

Non-chronological reports have many similar features, but not all of them are used in this report. Look at the list and tick the four features that are included. 

title

pictures or photos

headings and sub-headings

diagrams with labels

paragraphs

present tense

  • Question 1

The first six questions are about the information contained in the report. Remember that you can look back at the introduction as often as you like by clicking on the Help button.

 

How many species of bat are there in the world?

CORRECT ANSWER
over 1,000
EDDIE SAYS
There are over 1,000 species of bat in the world.
  • Question 2

In which part of the world do bats live?

CORRECT ANSWER
everywhere except Antarctica
EDDIE SAYS
Bats don't like very cold places, which is why there are no bats in Antarctica.
  • Question 3

Decide whether the following statement is true or false.

 

Most bats are blind.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
A lot of people think that bats are blind because they use echoes to find their way around in the dark.
  • Question 4

Which of the following items do bats eat?

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
blood
fruit
fish
insects
EDDIE SAYS
Most vampire bats feed from the blood of birds, so there is nothing to be frightened of!
  • Question 5

Bats are mammals, not birds. Which of the following statements is not true?

CORRECT ANSWER
Bats hatch from eggs.
EDDIE SAYS
Bats are born as live babies unlike birds, which hatch from eggs.
  • Question 6

Sometimes reports contain words that we might not understand. It can be useful to read around the word, using the rest of the sentence to help.

 

Some species of bat live alone but some live with thousands of other bats in colonies.

 

What are colonies?

CORRECT ANSWER
a group of bats
EDDIE SAYS
A colony is the name we give to a group of bats.
  • Question 7

The next two questions are about how the report is presented.

Non-chronological reports are divided into paragraphs to make them easier to understand. Each paragraph contains information about one aspect of the topic.

 

Look at the report again and then match up the paragraphs with their descriptions. Hover your mouse over the box if you can't read the whole of the information.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

paragraph 1
introductory sentence stating wha...
paragraph 2
where bats live
paragraph 3
bats' bodies and senses
paragraph 4
what bats eat
paragraph 5
the difference between mammals an...
paragraph 6
a final fact about bats to conclu...
EDDIE SAYS
It is important to begin with a statement about your chosen topic. The first paragraph is often quite short.
  • Question 8

Non-chronological reports have many similar features, but not all of them are used in this report. Look at the list and tick the four features that are included. 

CORRECT ANSWER
title
pictures or photos
paragraphs
present tense
EDDIE SAYS
Headings and sub-headings are useful to help the reader know what each paragraph or section is describing, but this is quite a short report so they are not necessary. A labelled diagram of a bat's body may have been useful.
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