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My son holding a paper snake we used during our snake-themed lessons

My son holding a paper snake we used during our snake-themed lessons

We completed our snake themed lessons, which I’m happy to say we did without using real snakes! Key points from our lessons include:

  • The proper scientific name for a snake is Serpentes
  • Snakes have been around since prehistoric time
  • Snakes are often thought of and depicted as evil creatures. Much of that is based on the story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden, as told in the biblical book of Genesis
  • Scientists have identified over 3,000 different types of snakes around the world
  • Snakes can be found worldwide in various habitats, except the arctic region
  • There are two main types of snakes: common (non-venomous) and venomous
  • Snakes shed their skin as they grow, unlike humans who keep their original skin throughout their life cycle
  • Snakes have no eyelids or external ears
  • Snakes, unlike other reptiles, do not have arms or legs and therefore slither on their bellies. One explanation for this is a reference found in Genesis 3:14 where it states God cursed the serpent for having tempted Eve into eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, which was forbidden:

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.

In addition to these topics, we also read stories and a poem about snakes, looked at photos of different types of snakes and their habitats, discussed colors and patterns on snakes, as well as created a few arts and crafts. We wrapped up the lessons by having my son write a short story about a snake, and I tested his motor skills by having him slither like a snake. Not sure we are any less apprehensive about real snakes, but we added a lot to our snake knowledge bank.

Additional Resources:

Snake photo gallery from National Geographic

Spanish:

Snake = la serpiente/la culebra

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