‘In the jungle lives a __ snake’ - is the outline of this poem format, but the gap for description extends through the whole of this long, twisty snake. This creative writing task is suitable for pupils in and around upper KS1. It offers the secondary - and entertaining - challenge of trying to write at different angles, turning the paper around as need be. The fun of writing in a snake and, beyond that, within a jungle scene, will further motivate young writers.
Stimulate ideas and descriptive words before giving out this sheet, through related activities, such as enacting snakes, discussing pictures of them and handling a toy one.
Prompt for a wide range of words, including familiar and less usual ones. Here are a few suggestions: long, twisty, looping, slithery, sliding, slippery, scaly, patterned, stretchy, poisonous, venomous, scary, dangerous, shy, hungry, fast, creepy, coiling, smooth, slimy, dry, quiet.