Snakes Action Science: Tell a Story, Learn Signs, Make a Puppet, Slither, Rattle, Molt!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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    Watch your students become snakes and shed their skins! We combine
literature, science and sign language! Enjoy a fiction story about "How
Rattlesnake Got His Rattle" and then create your own Rattlesnake puppet! Explore
cool science and math facts about snakes with Miss Liz the Science Wiz.
Hands-on interactive learning!

We will mail you all the fun supplies!

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About This Program


By Request: $165.00
By Request Premium: $155.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, Homeschool/Family Storytelling!

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

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

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Sciences, Writing

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If your school is closed due to weather, please notify us by 8:00 am EST the day of your scheduled program. In the event of weather-related school closings, we will reschedule your program. If you choose not to reschedule your distance learning program, the full fee will be charged. Programs are non-refundable. However, cancellations received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled.

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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 Paper Cutting Stories for Holidays, Puppet Tales, and True Tales of Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and tell), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram objects), and Sign Language. She offers a wide variety of programs for students of all ages, as well as professional development workshops for teachers. Her writing methods are easy, involve audience participation, and engage students! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your students! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz the Science Wiz joins Valerie for our Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets, sign language and action to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

Author Valerie Marsh
317 441 0158

Program Details


1. Welcome in map! We look at what types of snakes live in your area!
2. Students enjoy Val's funny fiction story "How Rattlesnake Got His Rattle." We introduce sign language related to snakes!
3. Students draw their own rattlesnake on an envelope, drop in their paper clips and retell the story with Valerie.
4. Miss Liz the Science Wiz jumps in with non-fiction and explores snakes with your students.
5. Students engage with the science method vocabulary words: Question, Predict, Observe, Experiment, Conclude, and Molt.
6. Students crawl under a towel and then try to get out (shed) without using their hands!
7. We review all our cool snake facts, the story and our sign language.
9. Call To Action: "Go home and tell Your Rattlesnake Story! Then show your family how you can 'molt!" Tell your family some cool snake science facts!


Students will:
1. learn basic snake facts
2. be able to teach our sign language to a friend or family member
3. engage with 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, number of eggs in a clutch
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 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

Valerie is happy to identify these if you like!