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Snails: close observation

Students watch snails crawling on a glass surface and record what they notice
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Classification of Living Things, Biodiversity (1, 3)
Biology: Sensing, Organ Systems (4, 5, 6)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Life Science: Characteristics of Living Things (grade K)
Life Science: Needs of Living Things (grade 1)
Life Science: Animal Growth and Changes (grade 2)
Lessons activity is in: 
  • Snails, one per table group
  • Glass bowl, one per table group
  • Worksheet to describe snails/write a poem

Snails are placed on the undersurface of an inverted glass bowl, and put in the middle of a table group.
Students can observe the snails moving, including the muscles rippling on the underside of the body.
Talk as a class about how they move, how they sense etc.
Students describe their observations and/or write a poem about the snail (shape poem can be written on a simple drawing of a snail).
Adults can hand the students a snail to touch - this will help inspire their writing.

Grades tested: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Anke Barabulea
Teaching site: 
General Gordon Elementary
Activity originally developed and delivered: 

Gordon Elementary