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Slithery Snakes

Munro, Roxie (Author/Illustrator)
Amazon 2013. 40 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781477816585 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 597.96
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Using a fun riddle-and-answer format, this book engages young readers in learning about different snake species. Colourful, realistic drawings bring snakes and their wide-ranging habitats to life, while the language offers satisfyingly vivid facts about the snake world: “Red touch yellow, kill a fellow” differentiates a “harmless copycat king snake” from the deadly western coral snake. Other animals are also depicted in each habitat and described with a small caption.

Both language and illustration are used to brilliant effect in the guessing spreads that precede the habitat images. “Can you guess what kind of snake this is?” shows a gorgeous close-up of each snake’s pattern and colouring. Hints are provided, which may be useful to snake-fanciers, while they intrigue and inform the rest of us: “Because of its stripes, this snake is named after an article of clothing. . . .”

Back material includes sources for further research and a glossary of snake-related words. This is a fine, imaginative addition to any natural science library.

  •  

    Create a KWL chart about snakes. Add new information as you read the book. Revise any misconceptions you might have had.

  •  Create models to represent the lengths of the various snakes. You could use skipping ropes, butcher paper or string. Make a guessing game of matching the snake names to the models.
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    Write the snake names onto sticky notes. Sort them in different ways.

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    As a group, choose another animal (e.g. cats). Each person is responsible for researching an animal in this family (tiger, cheetah, lynx, leopard, etc.). Copy the format of Slithery Snakes with a “Can you guess?” page and a fact page. Assemble a class book.

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    Use sticky notes with the snake names to indicate their habitat on a world map.

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    List different ways of sorting snakes (length, habitat, speed, etc.). Choose one way and research data for each of the snakes. Present the information in an organized manner.

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    Pick out interesting snake facts and convert them into questions. Have your peers find the answers. Exchange roles.

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    Of the 2700 species of snakes, chose one to describe. Research habitat, reproduction, food, etc., to complete a KWL chart. Use the pages from the book as models for describing your own snake.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology