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Snakes Action Science: Snakes Rattle! Snakes Molt! Now You Try It!

from Author Valerie Marsh

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Art, math, storytelling and science! Enjoy a fiction story "How Rattlesnake Got His Rattle.." Use art to create rattlesnake and rabbit. Miss Liz jumps in with snake science! Watch your students turn into snakes and 'shed' their skin.

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About This Program


By Request: $120.00
By Request Premium: $110.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3 Homeschool Groups Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together, or about 45 students for optimun interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Sciences, Literacy, Writing, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No charge for Snow Days..

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Puppet Tales, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language, She offers workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific concepts presented in our video conference programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science facts!

Please note: All of our programs can be in school or in home!

Author Valerie Marsh
317 441 0158

Program Details


1. We begin our program by discussing the difference between fiction and non-fiction. "Which do you like better? Let's take a vote."
2. Students enjoy the funny fiction story "How Rattlesnake Got His Rattle." Then we discuss the story, the envelope puppets, and what makes the rattling noise (paper clips).
3. Students draw their own rattlesnake on their envelope and retell the story with Valerie.
4. Miss Liz Science Wiz and her puppets jump in with non-fiction and discuss how snakes grow and molt.
5.. Miss Liz introduces the science vocabulary words: Question, Predict, Observe, Experiment, Molt, Ecdysis, Reptile.
6. Students crawl into the paper lawn bags and then try to get out (shed) without using their hands!
7. We review the molting concept.
8. We review our non-fiction facts about rattlesnakes and molting.
9. Call To Action: "Go home and tell Your Rattlesnake Story! Then show your family how you can 'molt!"


Students will:
1. learn basic snake facts
2. understand the concept of snakes molting
3. be introduced to the Scientific Method
4. conduct their own ecdysis or molting experiment
5. use problem solving skills to free themselves from their temporary skin
6. be able to explain why snakes molt
7. compare lengths of snakes' skin
8. develop an appreciation for snakes and their role in their environment
9. understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction
10. create their own rattlesnake and/or rabbit envelope puppet
11. retell the rattlesnake fiction story using sequential steps in the story

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Please let Valerie know if you have specific standards that you would like her to cover.
Standards Covered in this Program:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1 to .4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 to .7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 to .3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 to .6
NA-VA.K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6
K-PS2-1, PS2.A, PS2.B. PS3.C
K-ESS2 - 2.2
K-LS1 - 1

State Standards

Please let Valerie know if you want her to identify State Standards for your state!