Alligators and crocodiles are a great subject to talk about with your students. They are really fascinating reptiles. Here are some great activities to incorporate into your lesson plans about alligators and crocodiles.
A cool game to play is called Please Crocodile. Have your students line up on one side of a playing field. Have them call out can we pass crocodile. The crocodile then says yes but only if you…. Then they pick a trait such as only if you have blond hair or are wearing blue. All of those students that fit into the category that was spoken try to run across to the other side of the playing field without getting tagged. If they get tagged they become alligators and must help tag other students. Play this until there is only one student left. That student becomes the winner.
A cool craft idea is alligator book marks. Find a coloring sheet that is an alligator. Have your students color and cut out the alligator. For older students you can have them draw it. Then punch a hole in the top of the alligators head. Next take yarn and string some colorful beads onto it. Loop the string through the hole in the alligators head to make a cool looking bookmark.
Another great craft idea which comes from familycrafts.about.com is making a clothes pin alligator. Take a cloths pin and paint it green. Then take googly eyes and glue them on. You can even make teeth for your alligator out of white construction paper. Then your alligator can open and close its mouth since it’s a clothes pin.
Another interesting game to play is called Crocodile River. Have your students make a line facing two ropes that are laid on the ground parallel with each other. Tell your students that there are crocodiles in between the ropes (this is the river.) They must jump across the ropes without stepping into the river. If they step in it they are out. Wait until everyone has went then move the ropes farther apart. Keep doing this until there is only one student left. That student that is the last one is the winner!
By using these activities your students are sure to have a great time. They will learn lots while playing great games and making interesting crafts. So incorporate some of these activities into your next lesson plans about alligators and crocodiles.