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Dragons are a much-loved mythological animal that are gigantic, powerful snake or reptile-like creatures. They have appeared in mythology throughout the ages and are especially popular and cultural in China. For more information on dragons, see the fact file below or download our BUMPER Dragon worksheet collection which includes over 40 pages of worksheets and activities for the classroom or home environment.
- Dragons are well-known mythological creatures that have magical powers. They also refer to gargoyles, basilisks, phoenix, wyverns, hydras, cockatrices and man-dragon beings.
- The Latin word draco, as in the constellation Draco, means huge serpent or water-snake.
- The Dragon is sometimes known by the Nordic word, ormr (Old English wyrm means serpent).
- The word ‘dragon’’ also comes directly from the Greek drakones or draconta, meaning “to watch”. The Greeks look at dragons as beasts, guarding treasured pieces. Dragons are snake or reptile-like creatures that are gigantic and powerful with flying capabilities, as was spoken about in Ancient Greek and Sumerian lectures. The Ancient Greeks believe in 4 dragon species: Chimera – fire-breathing dragon, Dracones – serpent dragon, Cetea – marine dragon and Dracaenae – frightening lady monster dragon.
- During the Medieval times, dragons were said to be real but wicked.
- According to the medieval British legend, St. George slew a dragon, who kidnapped the King’s daughter. He was able to rescue the daughter through the help of a charmed orange tree.
- Dragons come from 2 distinct worlds.
o Western Dragons – these are serpents that breath fire, with scales, a green body and big red wings. They are greedy, store gold treasures, fierce, eat flesh and lived during the Middle Ages.
o Eastern Dragons – small in size with long bodies and horns, a cloud forms when they breath, they don’t roar or make sounds, live on water, and are kind and friends to humans.
- The Ancient Celts thought dragons had prophetic gifts. They adored the dragons because they believed that they guarded the Underworld gates to the next life.
- The Ancient Japanese also adored dragons because they were water divinities. They believed that dragons looked like serpents without wings and with 3 claws on their feet. They also have the Ryujin Shinko, which is a belief that Shinto dedicates to the dragons.
- When dinosaur bones were discovered, they were rumoured to be from dragons.
- Dragons can usually fly with our without wings and breathe fire or ice.
- Their bodies are covered with scales, as are their long tails. Many dragons have red, slanted eyes. They also have claws and long noses. Their size varies from small to pet-sized and even miles long.
- Some live in deep areas, such as underwater and caves, while others live on top of mountains so that ancient civilizations couldn’t reach them.
- Dragons can be fierce or they can be kind and helpful. They can also be noble and defensive. Sometimes, they are lethal and harsh.
- Depending on the culture, dragons are rare and can possess many different kinds of powers, or it could also be that they do not have any power at all. They also have various animal features, such as elephant heads, lion claws and bird beaks. They have earthly colors, such as green, blue, red and gold, which pertains to various meanings.
- In India, they have a dragon called Vritra or Vrtra.
- In Bhutan, they have Druk or the Thunder Dragon.
- In Europe, dragons existed in folk civilizations relating to the Balkans and the Western Asian mythological creatures. These are reptiles with wings and four legs.
- In the Southern part of Europe, a Greek dragon was first mentioned in the Iliad, where the character named Agamemnon had a belt with a blue dragon and a dragon emblem with 3 heads.
- In the Eastern part of Europe, the word zmey is pertaining to a dragon in Slavic mythology, which also means snake. In Russia and Ukraine, they have a fire-dragon with 3 heads and named Zmey Gorynych.
- In Vietnamese mythology, people are derived from the dragon. They have rong or long as a symbolic dragon creature.
- Dragons are very popular in China. The phoenix is a dragon that has five claws and was a symbol for the emperors in China. Chinese Dragons have 3 admired species and symbols of imperial power, namely Lung or Sky Dragon, Li or Sea Dragon and Kiau or Marsh Dragon.
- The Komodo Dragons from Indonesia are an aggressive and fatal type of lizard. They can grow as long as 10 feet in length and weigh more than 300 pounds, so it is referred to as the largest reptile. They have a mouth producing more than 50 toxic bacteria types, which they use to catch their prey. They are carnivores and even eat smaller dragons. But, when these smaller dragons hide in their poop, the bigger dragons do not eat them! This is also the reason why, after they are hatched, they stay in trees until they grow older.
- Another type of lizard and much smaller than a Komodo Dragon is the Flying Dragon or Draco Lizard, which can only grow up to 12 inches long. This lizard has flaps on both sides of the body which look like wings but serve as a glider. The Flying Dragons have stripes or spotted bright colors of red, blue or yellow. They stay in trees and eat insects. They are not poisonous, but many Asians think they are.
Dragons in films and stories:
- Many modern authors have used dragons in their stories: J.R.R. Tolkien has Smaug in The Hobbit and J.K. Rowling introduces dragons that challenge the characters in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
- From the Game of Thrones TV series, the three dragons were named as Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.
- From the Eragon movie, the animators of Saphira were inspired by various animals, such as puppies, wildebeests and eagles.
- From the Pete’s Dragon Disney movie, Eliot played as an invisible dragon and a friendly protector to Pete.Other animated films with dragon characters are:
o Dragonheart in 1996
o Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2011
o Reign of Fire in 2002
o Sleeping Beauty in 1959
o Beowulf in 2007
o Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster in 1964
o Dragonslayer in 1981
o The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad in 1958
o How to Train your Dragon in 2010
o Spirited Away in 2002
o Kung Fu Panda in 2008
This bundle contains 28 ready-to-use Dragon Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Dragons who are a much-loved mythological animal that are gigantic, powerful snake or reptile-like creatures. They have appeared in mythology throughout the ages and are especially popular and cultural in China.
Download collection 1 includes the following worksheets:
- Dragon Facts
- Dragon Word Search
- Fact or Bluff
- How to Train Your Dragon
- Dragon Acrostic
- Dragons of Today
- Page Coloring
- What Am I doing?
- Fill in the Blanks
- Your Favorite Dragon
- Draw your Dragon
Download collection 2 includes the following worksheets:
- A Curious Question
- Dragon Facts
- Chinese Dragons
- Dragon Boat Festival
- Dragon King
- Asian Dragons
- European Dragons
- East versus West
- The Treasure Hoarder
- Smokey Smaug
- A Dragon’s Body
- Dragons of Earth
- The Underwater Dragon
- My Own Dragon
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