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BLAST Early Learning
Reptiles

Books:

Chameleon, Chameleon story by Joy Cowley; photographs by Nic Bishop
Up-close photographs and text capture the many moods and colors of chameleons as they hunt for food, search for a new home, brave dangerous strangers, and even make friends.

 

Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile
by Won-Ldy Paye & Margaret H. Lippert;
illustrated by Julie Paschkis
When a crocodile captures Mrs. Chicken and takes her to an island to fatten her up, clever Mrs. Chicken claims that she can prove they are sisters and that, therefore, the crocodile shouldn't eat her.

 

The Turtle and the Moon by Charles Turner; illustrated by Melissa Bay Mathis
A lonely turtle makes friends with the moon

 

Open-ended Questions for Chameleon, Chameleon

  • The book says, “His skin has peaceful colors.” What do you think that means?
  • Do you remember which creatures were harmful to the chameleon and which were not?
 

Rhyme:

A Little Turtle
There was a little turtle
(put hands together in a fist)
He lived in a box (make a box with both hands)
He swam in a puddle (make swimming motions)
He climbed on the rocks
(use your fingers to climb up your arm)
He snapped at a mosquito (clap hands)
He snapped at a flea (chomp with your mouth)
He snapped at a minnow (clap hands)
He snapped at me (put hands on cheeks)
He caught the mosquito (grab with your hand)
He caught the flea (grab with your hand)
He caught the minnow (grab with your hand)
But he didn't catch me (jump in excitement)

Vocabulary Word:

chameleon: n. a lizard that can change colors
“Two chameleon friends… have happy colors.”
(taken from Chameleon, Chameleon by Joy Cowley; photographs by Nic Bishop)

 

Activities:

Math

  • Compare sizes of different types of turtles.
  • Make a pattern with different types of reptiles.
  • Graph what the students’ favorite type of reptile is, and graph their responses.

Art

  • Stained Glass Turtle (www.everythingpreschool.com)
    What You Need: contact paper or waxed paper, tissue paper or
    construction paper, googly eyes, yarn
    What You Do: Give the kids the
    contact paper (or glue and wax paper) cut out of a turtle (or another reptile). Then let your kids make their own stain glass turtle. After they have dried hang them in the window to make a beautiful stained glass look

Science

  • Bring in skins that snakes have shed and put them out on the table. Let the children look at and touch them. Talk about their texture, what they look like, and why snakes shed their skin.
  • Get a pet turtle for your class.
 

Literature:

Guji Guji
by Chih-Yuan Chen
Crocodile Guji Guji was raised by a family of ducks. One day he met 3 crocodiles who told him that he was not a duck. They ask Guji Guji to help them trap ducks. Guji Guji then tricked the crocodiles and saved duck family.

 

Turtle's Penguin Day
by Valeri Gorbachev
After hearing a bedtime story about penguins, Turtle dresses as a penguin for school and soon the entire class is having a penguin day.

 

Turtle Splash!: Countdown at the Pond
by Cathryn Falwell
As they are startled by the activities of other nearby creatures, the number of turtles on a log in a pond decreases from ten to one.

 

Splash! by Ann Jonas
A little girl's turtle, fish, frogs, dog, and cat jump in and out of a backyard pond, constantly changing the answer to the question "How many are in my pond?"