Snakes

Last week someone had found a snake skin and brought it into the preschool for all the kids to see.Today we looked at it up close and talked about it. We discussed what we thought it was, why we think snakes shed their skin and how we think they do it. We then sat in a circle with the snake skin in the middle and all felt and describing what we thought it felt like. 

 Why  does   a   snake    shed    its     skin?

Billy – He’s fallen down a hill

Noah – Because he’s hurt himself

Shane – Coz he wants a different skin

Alex F. – Cos he losed his skin. A creature that was bad made him do it.

Halle- He fell down

When the snake loses his skin does he have a new skin?

Jack – I think he’d feel new

 

What does it feel like?

Olivia – Soft

Alex F. – Feels like paper

Faith – It feels like my teddy

Jayden – Feels like my mattress

Shane – Feels like a jumper

Finn – It’s bumpy

Noah – Like the seats in my car

Lachy – He’s light

Billy – It feels bumpy

Ruby – It’s soft.

  After we had had a discussion and felt the snake skin we watched a couple of videos on the interactive white board.

We watched a video of a corn snake shedding its skin; it was very interesting but gave us all goose bumps. We then watched a video of a man trying to capture a brown snake, we thought this was silly because we know that you aren’t supposed to touch or go near snakes, but we talked about how the man was trained to do this and that it was his job to catch the snakes and look after them. This led to a discussion about snake safety and what we should do if we ever find a snake in our home or garden. We also looked up some facts brown snakes. We learnt that their skin comes off inside out and that they grow scales over their eyes and they go blind when they begin to shed their skin. And that they are the second most poisonous snakes in the world.

We talked about how the snakes live and even got to watch some baby snakes hatching from their eggs, this led us to talk about how we need to look after snakes and that they are justas scared of us as we are of them.

We saw a video of a very large snake. It was very long and very fat; this led to picture of the snake with eight men holding it. This must have meant that it was huge and must havebeen very very heavy.We found out that they are the second most poisonous snakes in the world.

What this learning experience meant:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children show interest in other children and being part of a group.
  • Children express a wide range of emotions, thoughts and views constructively.
  • Display awareness of and respect for others’ perspectives

 Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  •  Develop an awareness of the impact of human activity on environments and the interdependence of living things.
  • Explore relationships with other living and non-living things and observe, notice and respond to change.
  • Show growing appreciation and care for natural and constructed environments
  • Demonstrate an increasing knowledge of and respect for natural and constructed environments
  • Participate with others to solve problems and contribute to group outcomes.
  • Recognise the contributions they make to shared projects and experiences

 Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

What this means for educators:

  •  Provide children with access to a range of natural materials in their environment
  • Model respect, care and appreciation for the natural environment