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Friday, February 15, 2013

ESL Teacher Blog: Vocabulary Activities for the Year of Snake

Here’s a number of activities to honor one of the most powerful creatures in Chinese mythology:
 
1. Review common adjective suffixes and ask to think of adjectives that describe snakes:

-less

-ous

-ive/-tive

-y/-ory

-al

harmless

legless

limbless

lidless

poisonous

venomous

carnivorous

vicious

indigenous

intuitive

contemplative

seductive

elusive

aggressive

defensive

deceptive

slimy

scaly

slithery

solitary

glossy

sneaky

creepy

silky

predatory

nocturnal

beneficial

2. Describe physical characteristics of snakes: skin patterns (stripes, rings, spots, diamonds, speckles, blotches, cross-bands; camouflage coloring) body movements (bend, glide, slither, coil up/around, twist, arch, lurch); name unique parts of their bodies (a forked tongue, vertebrae, fangs).
 
3. Discuss the meaning of the idioms containing the word ‘snake’:
 
speak with a forked tongue - lie
snake in the grass - an enemy who pretends to be a friend
snake oil - a product that claims to cure an ailment (which it doesn’t cure)
 
4. Talk about the conflicting views associated with snakes (beneficial or harmful, having a bad or good reputation, a creature that fascinates or scares).
 
5. Discuss snake qualities that can describe human character traits: wisdom, patience, deception, betrayal, mischief, trickery and deceitfulness. Retell the biblical story about a sly serpent that lured Eve into eating forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. 
 
6. Talk about healing properties associated with snakes. Refer learners to the web to explore why a snake wrapped around a rod has been a long-time medical symbol.
 
7. Share stories/experiences about snake encounters in the wild, observing snake charmers and keeping snakes as exotic pets.
 
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 12:06 AM   0 Comments  Add Comment



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