By Phyllis Howard and Mariann Cigrand
First, read aloud Hide and Snake by Keith Baker. Then invite children to write and illustrate their own page for an adorable literature-based collaborative book.
This is a story about a clever snake that hides among familiar objects. As you read, leave ample time for students to study the picture and find the snake. Encourage students to give their classmates a chance to find the snake before revealing its hiding place. If necessary, repeat the rhyming clues as you slowly sweep the book past your audience. When you’ve finished reading, ask students whether they think the events in this story could actually take place. Ask students to describe how a real snake might look, what it might eat, and where it might live and hide.
Writing & Art
Distribute the student writing pages. Challenge students to draw a scene that includes a camouflaged snake somewhere within it. Allow ample time for children to create these illustrations. When students have finished, give each student a paper strip that covers the bottom portion of the page (approximately 3 inches tall and 7 inches wide). On this strip, have students write: “Can you find [student’s name] snake?” Help kids place the strip on top of the writing lines. Then paste along the left edge so that it creates a flap. Underneath, have students write the snake’s location. When each student has finished and your book has been bound, gather for a round of Find the Snake!