Alphabet Letter X Xiphias gladius Theme
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Xiphias gladius is the binomial or species name of the swordfish.

The swordfish is a large fish that has a long, sharp upper jaw that looks like a sword.  Swordfish live in warm seas and are used for food or sport.

Alphabet Activity:  Letter X is for Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)
Present the letter X Xiphias six-piece online jigsaw puzzle to practice problem solving and view letter X in upper and lower case. Adjust number or pieces using the Change Cut button on the left.

Present and display your option of printable activities listed in the materials column.

Finger and Pencil Tracing
: Trace letter X's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page. Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil  and explain the direction of the arrows and numbers that help them trace the letter correctly. During the demonstration, you may want to count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number order aids them in the writing process.

Find the letter X's: Have the children find all the letter X's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle or trace/shade them first.

Letter X wordsLetter X Worksheet and Mini-Book program: These materials can be used as part of Letter X program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related X words as a beginning sound and ending sound. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.

Discuss other letter X words and images found in the worksheet. If you have illustrated alphabet books you can also use images in them. You can also display letter X posters and coloring pages and make a letter X classroom book. For related images visit: Letter X Printable Activities.

Advanced independent handwriting practice:

1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw a Xiphias behind the page or print a Xiphias gladius coloring page.

2. Drawing and writing paper: Encourage children to draw and color a xiphias and write letter X x.