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Boa Constrictor

Introduction:
Model the hand movements for this poem. As the snake devours the narrator, the students move their hands from body part to body part till they cover their head with their hands. Another idea is to decorate a large piece rolled paper with the face of a snake. Make it long enough to hide behind. As you read the poem, move the paper snake up from your toes and move it up to cover the top of your head.

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I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it one bit.

Well what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh gee, it's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmffffffffff...

--Shel Silverstein --

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From Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein, published by HarperCollins,1974.

Extension:
Have the students make their own boa constrictor to hide behind.