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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.
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.
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.
Fourth graders solve multiplication problems. In this SNAKE 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.
Find the numbers that the sneaky snakes are hiding! Using a number table, primaries determine which numbers are covered up by snakes. They write in the numbers next to the matching snake below the table, which reinforces both counting skills and number sequence. Have litttle ones color the snakes for extra fun! Be aware that this might be a little challenging for the average kindergartener.
Don't let these sneaky snakes fool your little learners! A number chart lists numbers 1 - 100, but several snakes are blocking many of the numbers. Mathematicians figure out which numbers are hidden and fill them in next to the appropriate snake. This would be fun to solve and to color! You may find it more appropriate for first graders than kindergarteners.
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.
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.
Here is a very informative worksheet 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!
Are the studies of art and archeology connected? You bet they are! Young scholars research the ancient temples of Mexico by visiting an archaeology site. They describe the various temples they see, taking note of shapes, stairs, details, and ornamentation. They analyze an artifact called Serpent Heads and use it as inspiration for a collaborative project. They make and decorate temples, just like the temples in Mexico!
Hissss! Practice counting forwards and backwards with a sly assignment. Eight snakes feature number sequences that are missing a few numbers. The beginning numbers vary, and some snakes require counting down. Learners write in the missing numbers, ranging from 0 to 20. Let learners slither through this task as homework!
Fourth graders explore patterns by participating in a class math activity. In this early algebra lesson, 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.
Students 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.
Learners 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.