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Sparkling Serpent

Is it a snake? A garden hose? A worm? Students design and decorate Sparkling Serpent masks that allow imaginations—and creativity—run wild.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Have students read Claire and the Friendly Snakes by Lindsay Tate. What objects did Claire think were snakes (but really weren’t)? How were these objects similar to snakes? How were they different? Challenge students to find pictures of snakes and look closely at their unique markings.
    2. Have students look around the classroom and at home. What things can they find that look similar to snakes? Make a list of student findings on a classroom white board using Crayola Dry Erase Markers. If time permist, students may illustrate the patterns found on these snake-like figures using Crayola Dry Erase Crayons on the same white board.
    3. Provide Crayola® Model Magic for students to use in sculpting colorful snake masks. Encourage children to be imaginative, so nobody will mistake it for a real snake!
    4. Use Crayola Glitter Glue, chenille stems, fake jewels, and other items to decorate the mask. Attach them firmly with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the mask at least 24 hours.
    5. Have students share their serpent mask sculptures with classmates. What different snakes are represented?
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    SCI: Obtain information that animals have structures that allow them to respond to stimuli through instinct or memory.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Snakes - Facts About the Most Polarizing Animals on Earth Plus Videos by Mark Farley; 25 of the Most Poisonous Animals in the World! by IP Factly; Incredible Snakes by Mark Smith; Claire and the Friendly Snakes by Lindsey Tate

    Encourage students to investigate several types of snakes. Make masks of each that was investigated, being certain that appropriate markings are on each. Display the masks in the classroom.

    Students investigate familiar household objects that look like snakes. Make a list. Use the list to sculpt snakes representing the objects. Display the masks with the household objects that inspired the artwork. Ask classmates if they can identify why inspired the mask.


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  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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