We are studying the book Verdi by Janell Cannon. It is the story of a young snake, Verdi, who does not want to "grow up and be green". Verdi equates being green to being boring and lazy. Trying to prevent turning green, Verdi becomes adventurous but ends up hurting himself. The older green pythons rescue Verdi and Verdi is forced to slow down while he heals. He begins to appreciate his surroundings, the older pythons and the changes he experiences. Verdi realizes that he can change and still be himself.
How do you learn about snakes? You be one. The children spent time moving like a snake. The slithered and twisted across the floor. It is not easy for one to move without the help of your arms and legs.
|Slithering like a snake.|
|Manipulating foam rollers to imitate snake movements.|
|Tracking the movement of the snakes.|