Who lives here cover

Words: 201-300

Skills: Main / Central Idea

Grades: 1st 2nd

Topics: Science

Genres: Prose

Lexile Range: 420L - 730L

Lexile Measure: 480L

CCSS: Reading: Informational Text


Who Lives There?

by RV staff writer

Parks are not just a place for humans to play, they are also a place for animals to live and have fun. This passage explains some of the different animals that live in parks.

Reading Comprehension Passage

Who Lives There?

by RV staff writer
A city is a place where many people live. Did you know that some animals are city dwellers, too? Let’s look at a few that live in parks.

Trees make leafy homes for birds. Some birds build their nests high up in trees. This helps keep the birds and their eggs safe. Birds can find lots of seeds, nuts, and bugs to eat in a park.

Squirrels can often be seen in city parks. They use leaves to build cozy homes called dens. You may see a busy squirrel digging a hole. They bury nuts there. Then they dig them up for winter food. 

Rabbits like city parks, too. They munch on green grass in the summer. In the winter they eat twigs, stems, and even bark.

Some parks have ponds. A pond is a good home for wildlife. Turtles can be found in ponds. On a sunny day you may see them by the pond bank. You may see turtles resting on logs. Frogs like ponds too. Lots of tasty bugs fly by. Watch closely and you might see a frog catch its lunch.

The next time you visit a city park, look around. You will see lots of wildlife. A park is a fun place for people. It is a fun place for animals too!

Passage Only

Reading Comprehension Questions

1. What does the author want you to know about city parks?  

2. Why do you think birds build nests high in trees? 

3. How is the food that rabbits eat in the summer different from the food they eat in the winter?

4. What are some reasons that many animals live in city parks?