activity of text interpretation, aimed at students in the fifth year of elementary school, on the armadillo-chicken. How about getting to know this species of armadillo better? So, read the text carefully! Then answer the various interpretive questions proposed!
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Lord of unique armor, the armadillo, like others of its kind, is a survivor. Hunted indiscriminately by man for its meat, in some parts of Brazil the rate of population growth is even compromised. This mammal is among the 10 most seized species by IBAMA in the country.
Although he has a keen sense of smell, he cannot see or hear well. Thus, it becomes easy prey. It has a unique characteristic, which distinguishes it from the others: the female always has four (or five) offspring of the same sex. The scientific name for this phenomenon is polyembryony.
Physically, in addition to the traditional carapace, it has an elongated head, small eyes, large ears and a long tail. Good swimmer, crosses shallow water courses without breathing, simply walking on the bottom of the bed. When the river is wide, he doesn't blink: he fills his lungs with full force and swims half-immersed.
It is, on average, 60 to 100 centimeters long, with a weight that varies from 3 to 10 kilograms. It is dark brown on the back and slightly yellowish on the belly. It usually builds its den close to trees and bushes, cleverly with multiple entrances. On the other hand, during the rainy season, he suffers from mud and the complete flooding of his “house”.
Their lifestyle habits also vary well. In summer, it can be said, it is most active at twilight. In winter, it prefers the day (even for sunbathing). Just to finish, the popular name “tatu” derives from Tupi. The syllable “ta” means “hard” and “tu” refers to “thick”.
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Question 1 - Read back:
“Hunted indiscriminately by man, because of your meat, in some parts of Brazil the pace of population growth is even compromised.”
The underlined segment expresses:
( ) the reason for indiscriminate hunting.
( ) the condition of indiscriminate hunting.
( ) the consequence of indiscriminate hunting.
Question 2 – In the "this mammal is among the 10 most seized species by IBAMA in the country.”, the underlined expression:
( ) resumes the armadillos.
( ) presents the nine-banded armadillo.
( ) characterizes the nine-banded armadillo.
Question 3 – According to the text, the armadillo “becomes easy prey”, because:
( ) “does not see or hear well”.
( ) “crosses shallow waterways without breathing”.
( ) “has a unique characteristic, which distinguishes it from the others”.
Question 4 – Watch:
“Physically, in addition to the traditional carapace, it has an elongated head, small eyes, large ears and a long tail.”
This snippet is:
( ) a narration.
( ) a description.
( ) an argument.
Question 5 - In the passage “When the river is wide, blink […]”, the highlighted verb could be replaced by:
( ) “hesitates”.
( ) “takes a risk”.
( ) “hurry up”.
Question 6 - Underline the word that expresses the following:
“It usually builds its den close to trees and bushes, cleverly with multiple entrances.”
Question 7 - In the sentence “On the other hand, during the rainy season, he suffers from mud and the complete flooding of his ‘house’.”, the word “e” indicates:
( ) facts that add up.
( ) facts that alternate.
( ) facts that contrast.
By Denyse Lage Fonseca
Graduated in Letters and specialist in distance education.