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Snakes and lizards can be very tiny or very long. Your class will get out their rulers to see just how big snakes and lizards can be. They discuss several different reptiles by reading the included animal fact cards, then each small group uses rulers and yard sticks to measure the length of their assigned animals. The smallest measures 10cm and the longest measures about 29 feet! The activity is perfect for incorporating science into your next measurement or math lesson.
Students participate in a activity that is focused upon the concept of a snake. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used to create the context for class discussion while students create their own model snakes.
Students explore the meaning of snakes in the Mexican culture. In this culture lesson, students describe two reasons the snake is important in the Mexican culture and create their own egg carton snake.
Fourth graders solve multiplication problems. In this SNAKE instructional activity, 4th graders play a multiplication game in which the teacher rolls dice providing two numbers. The students must multiply the number and record their answer. Rules of game and worksheet are provided. Can be adapted for alternate ages.
Young scholars investigate the characteristics, the desert habitat, and the dangers of the Diamond Back Rattlesnake. How the snake adapted and survived in the desert environment forms the focus of this activity.
Students create a page in a classroom field guide to snakes. They each choose a different snake species to study in depth using the internet and books. The page contains information on habitat and adaptations of the snake as well as a drawing.
Students complete pre reading, writing, post reading activities for the book Snakes and Their Young. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Fourth graders explore patterns by participating in a class math activity. In this early algebra lesson plan, 4th graders utilize a die and chart to keep record of a snake game in which students must utilize a math function to solve a problem and progress down the chart towards a win. Students calculate their score at the end of the game and the top students are given a prize.
Pattern recognition is a basic skill that can be used in art, language, and math. Young artists create snakes by stringing beads in a specific pattern. They discuss patterns and texture in art as well as in nature. This activity would be great as part of a station rotation.
Second graders explore linear patterns using snakes as the context. During the week we examine, construct and record snakes of different patterns. We also put scarves on our snakes and ask others to predict what is hidden.
In this animals instructional activity, students complete thirteen multiple choice questions about snakes and their length, their threats, different names, and more.
These sneaky snakes can help your kindergartners learn number sequence. Each snake has a number sequence up to 10 between their stripes, and kids write the numbers that are missing from the sequence. Some of the snakes begin at numbers greater than zero, and some of them are numbered from 10 going down. Present this as a critical thinking challenge once your class has mastered counting and recognizing the first 10 numbers.
Students investigate snakes. In this snakes activity, students read the books, Verdi, and Great Snakes. Students record facts about snakes on a chart and write a paragraph about snakes.
Eager ecology learners read about characteristics of the Lake Erie water snake and the round goby fish. They find that the goby is an invasive species, introduced to Lake Erie in 1990, and has since had an impact on the water snake population. Pupils examine and graph water snake diet data and relate it to the introduction of the goby by answering 10 questions. This lesson provides experience with real-life data and a common occurrence in many of our waterways.
Young scholars work in groups to research snakes and complete a "Know Your Snake" worksheet. They determine the difference between fact and fiction statements about snakes through their research. Once information from both print and non-print resources has been collected, they share their findings with classmates.
Make snakes with your class to demonstrate how recycled materials are perfect for art. Learners use colorful plastic cups, pantyhose, paper fasteners, and fishing line to make articulated snakes. This project would be great when learning about reptiles or assemblage art.
Students practice recognizing the phonemes/grapheme's in /s/ sounds in words. They also practice viewing the representation of the letter symbol s and the picture of Sammy the Snake. The tongue twister "Sammy the sneaky snake slithered smoothly to the other side," is also taught within this lesson.
Here is a very informative learning exercise on snakes that has a few worthwhile tasks embedded in it as well. Learners read some very interesting text about snakes. The text includes some ways to avoid having snakes hiding in your yard. Youngsters have to write down three things that snakes eat, two solutions to keeping snakes away, write a short essay explaining why snakes are important to the environment, and draw a picture of a snake. Very good!
Students compare and contrast snakes and turtles, then fill out an information sheet.
After reading about the Lake Erie water snake and the change in its population after the introduction of the round goby in 1990, young ecologists graph water snake diet data. They analyze the data and answer 10 questions based on their observations. This is an activity that gives learners experience handling real-life data. It would be a beneficial supplement your environmental science, biology, or ecology curriculum.