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Animals A to Z Activity: Xenops

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Education World's Animals A to Z printable activity pages are designed for weekly use with students in grade 2-4. Students learn interesting facts about animals they know (and some animals they don't know) as they reinforce basic skills of capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

 

These work sheets are also excellent test-preparation tools. The skills emphasized in the series are those found on all standardized tests in grades 2 and 3: simple word usage, end-of-sentence punctuation, comma placement in a series, basic spelling, and others. The skills do not include the appropriate use of apostrophes (except in contractions) and more advanced skills. If you want editing activities that include those skills, be sure to see our daily Every-Day Edit series.

For more information about this series, or for ideas for using it, be sure to see the Ideas for Using Animals A to Z page.

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For more information about this series, or for ideas for using it in the classroom, be sure to see Ideas for Using Animals A to Z.

If you would like to share a photo of this animal with your students, we suggest you search the Google Image Library; it is an excellent source of animal photos. And EnchantedLearning.com offers coloring pages related to all of our Animals A to Z animals.

Activity Key

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  • The xenops [say ZEN-ops] is a small bird that live in the rain forest.
  • The 5-inch-long bird makes it nest in a whole in an old tree.
  • Xenops eats insects that live inside tree branches ants are a favorite treat.
  • Male and female xenops work to gether to build there nest.
  • After the female lays too eggs, the parents take turns keeping them warm. The eggs will hatch in about two week.

Answer Key

  • The xenops [say ZEN-ops] is a small bird that lives in the rain forest.
  • The 5-inch-long bird makes its nest in a hole in an old tree.
  • Xenops eat insects that live inside tree branches. Ants are a favorite treat.
  • Male and female xenops work together to build their nest.
  • After the female lays two eggs, the parents take turns keeping them warm. The eggs will hatch in about two weeks.

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