4th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about snakes.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about the significance of snakes.
• Explore and apply the concepts of reptiles and prey.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of snakes.
• Orally use words that describe snakes.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about reptiles and prey.
• Use key concept words [snake, scales, slither; reptile, prey].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about snakes:
• What is a snake.
• How do snakes move.
• What is a reptile.
• Why are snakes dangerous.
• What is prey.
• The significance of snakes.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this photo? (a snake). What is it doing? (wrapped around a branch, looking at something).
• Ask students: Should you touch this snake? Why? (No, it could bite you).
• Say: Snakes are a kind of animal that have long bodies covered with scales and no legs, arms, or wings. Snakes move by slithering. There are many different kinds of snakes. How do people end up getting snake bites? (don't know that snakes are around them, they are curious so they go near the snake).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next three slides, showing them what snakes look like. Always have the students describe the snakes.
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 what their favorite reptile is. After the second game, have them discuss why snakes are meat• eaters.
Close• Ask students: How are humans different from snakes? Explain.
• Summarize for students that many people don't like snakes because they are scared of them. However, snakes aren't bad creatures. We just have to be careful around them. Encourage them to think about the problems that snakes face and how these problems could be fixed.