activity of text interpretation, aimed at students in the fifth year of elementary school, about macaws. Will we know more about these birds? So, read the text carefully! Then answer the various interpretive questions proposed!
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Red, green, blue and yellow, in different shades and combinations – this is how the macaws are, famous for their proud bearing and their colorful feathers and one of the most beautiful birds in the world.
A paradise for macaws for a long time, Brazil is still the richest in the world in parrots (birds of the family Psittacidae), which also includes parrots, parakeets and parrots, with 72 species, almost 20% of all members of this family.
But after more than 500 years of reckless exploration of nature, the reality of the macaws has long been different. The population of these birds, as well as other parrots, has been drastically reduced in recent decades, which has resulted in several species being extinct and others seriously threatened.
The little hyacinth macaw (anodorhynchus glaucus), for example, became extinct at the end of the last century, and the Spix's macaw (cyanopsitta spixii), a very close relative of the macaw, but much smaller (measuring less than 60 centimeters), no longer exists in nature due to the illegal trafficking of rare birds. The last wild specimen of this species inhabited the region of Curaçá, in the hinterland of Bahia, and had been monitored until it disappeared in October 2000.
Currently, two more species are threatened with extinction: the hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), and Lear's Macaw (anodorhynchus leari). The latter, although known to science for only 30 years, is one of the most endangered birds in the world: its population is around 500 individuals.
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Question 1 - Read back:
“Red, green, blue and yellow, in different shades and combinations […]”
In this passage, the text refers:
( ) to macaws.
( ) to maritacas.
( ) to parrots.
Question 2 – In the passage “[…] famous for their proud bearing and for their colored feathers […]”, the underlined term indicates:
( ) facts that add up.
( ) facts that alternate.
( ) facts that contrast.
Question 3 – In “[…] Brazil is still the richest in the world in parrots (birds of the Psittacidae family) […]”, the passage in parentheses is:
( ) a conclusion.
( ) one explanation.
( ) an example.
Question 4 – According to the author of the text, the population of macaws and other parrots “has been drastically reduced in recent decades”. Explain the reason for this reduction:
( ) extinct species.
( ) endangered species.
( ) reckless exploitation of nature.
Question 5 - Read back:
“[…] measures less than 60 centimeters […]”
This snippet describes:
( ) the Spix's Macaw.
( ) the Lear's Macaw.
( ) the little hyacinth macaw.
Question 6 - In the segment "At the moment, two more species are threatened with extinction […]”, the underlined word indicates:
( ) place.
( ) mode.
( ) time.
Question 7 - Identify the macaw species that, according to the text, “is one of the most endangered birds in the world”:
By Denyse Lage Fonseca
Graduated in Letters and specialist in distance education.