5th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about snakes.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about different animal species and the habitats in which they live.
• Explore the characteristics of a snake, focusing on rattlesnakes.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of snakes.
• Orally use words that describe the characteristics of a snake and where snakes live.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about whether or not they like snakes and why.
• Use key concept words [cold• blooded, scales, eggs, rattle, poison, venom, slither, species, habitat, fear, toxic].
• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about snakes, and rattlesnakes in particular:
• The habitats in which snakes live.
• The characteristics of different species of snakes.
• How rattlesnakes and other poisonous snakes are dangerous.
• Why different snakes are either good or bad to keep as pets.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What is a habitat? (A place where a species of animal naturally lives and grows). What kind of habitat is shown in this picture? (A desert habitat).
• Ask students: What species of animals are able to live in a desert habitat? (People, snakes, etc.)
• Say: Snakes are one type of animal that can live in a desert habitat. How do you think snakes can survive in a desert habitat? (They are cold• blooded, which keeps them cool; they stay close to the ground and can find shade in places that are difficult to reach for many other animals, etc.).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next two slides, showing them that snakes, and rattlesnakes in particular, are cold• blooded, have scales, slither around, lay eggs, have a rattle on their tale, and have poisonous venom. Always have the students describe the physical characteristics of the snake.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk about why certain animals live in their particular habitats. After the second game, have them discuss how rattlesnakes can survive life in a desert habitat.
Close• Ask students: Have you ever seen a rattlesnake? Explain where in the United States and Mexico you might find a rattlesnake, how you can tell that it is a rattlesnake, and what to do when you encounter one.
• Summarize for students that snakes are cold• blooded animals with scales that move by slithering. The rattlesnake is one type of snake. Since rattlesnakes have a rattle on their tail, many people try to go near them. However, people should be careful because snakes can bite. Encourage them to think about whether they would have a snake as a pet.