Activities and Lesson Plans
Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, August 2009
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Suggested Topics: adaptations, food webs, predators, prey, first impressions
Related 4th Grade TEKS:
- Language Arts:
4.1 A, B, C: Listening, Speaking, Purposes: Listens Actively and Purposefully in a Variety of Settings
4.5 A, B, C, D, F: Listening, Speaking, Audiences: Speaks Clearly and Appropriately to Different Audiences for Different Purposes and Occasions
4.9 E: Reading, Vocabulary Development: Acquires Extensive Vocabulary through Reading and Systematic Word Study
4.13 A, B, C, D, E, G: Reading, Inquiry, Research: Inquires and Conducts Research Using a Variety of Sources
4.15 A, C: Writing, Purposes: Writes for Variety of Audiences and Purposes in Various Forms
4.18 A, B, C, D, E, F, G: Writing, Grammar, Usage: Applies Grammar and Usage to Communicate Clearly and Effectively in Writing
4.21 A, B, C, D: Writing, Inquiry, Research: Uses Writing as a Tool for Learning and Research
4.23 C, E: Social Studies Skills: Communicates in Written, Oral and Visual Forms
4.24 A: Social Studies Skills: Problem Solving and Decision Making
4.1 A: Scientific Processes: Conducts Field and Laboratory Investigations
4.2 A, B, C, D, E: Scientific Processes: Develops Abilities to do Scientific Inquiry in Field and Laboratory
4.3 A, C, D: Scientific Processes: Uses Critical Thinking and Scientific Problem Solving to Make Informed Decisions
4.5 A, B: Science Concepts: Parts Removed from Complex Systems
4.8 A, B, C: Science Concepts: Adaptations Increase Survival
4.3 A: Number, Operations and Quantitative Reasoning : Addition and Subtraction
- In the magazine, it says that without snakes, "we'd be in big trouble." What does the author mean by that statement? Do you agree? [have students read the text on the bottom of the front page]
- What is the name of someone who studies reptiles?
- What's the difference between venomous and poisonous? Name an example of each.
- What are the threats to snake survival? [loss of habitat; pollution, senseless killing]
- How does a snake protect itself? How would you manage if you were a snake with no legs or arms to help you obtain food or protect yourself?
- After studying the vocabulary words and Anatomy of a Snake, draw a picture of a snake and label the parts.
- Learn about reptiles. Cut our pictures of reptiles that illustrate characteristics of reptiles. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a reptile?
- Do a web search for other wildlife that have scutes. [hint: See Turtle Hurdles. Also, some fish, other reptiles and armadillos have scutes.]
- Read Friend or Fiend in the magazine. Choose a snake to investigate and present the following on your snake: color, size, venomous or non-venomous, habitat, prey, predator and behavior.
- Find another venomous creature feature in this month's magazine. [Green lynx spider, p. 13]
- Big Bend Roadrunner Relay Race
- Suggested Activities
- Project WILD Workshops, TEKS and TAKS correlations
Interesting Links for Further Research
TPWD Reptile fact sheets
Texas Junior Naturals - Snakes!
Texas Venomous Snakes: Safety First
From the TPW Magazine Archives:
- The Blue Elbow | TPW magazine | September 2003 ... As many as 30 snake species live there. "Most of the snakes are very secretive
and active only at night," says Wolter...
- Rat Snake | TPW magazine | February 2008 ... Hefty lengths can intimidate, too. Most rat snakes range in length from 3.5
to 6 feet; records measure 7-plus feet. While most serpents ...
- Cold-blooded Killers | TPW Magazine | June 2007... Reptiles play an essential ecological role, but non-native reptiles threaten this balance. From the diseases they bring to the ticks that hitch a ride on them, non-native reptiles and amphibians can wreak havoc on an ecosystem.