Reflection: Real World Applications Lands Snails- Tail the Snail Trail - Section 2: Whole Group Instruction


As I was researching material for this lesson, I came upon Charles Darwin.  As I mentioned, while the lesson wasn’t about specifically about him, I realized the value of introducing such a formative scientific presence.  I shared that he was one of the first people that really took the time to examine the natural world.  Before he came, nature was just something that generated income and was not seen as important to every day life.  Through his work, he showed how all living things evolve and depend on each other.  This is why the natural world deserves serious attention and respect.  

My plan for the next few weeks is to apply his examples of observation to the lessons they practiced today and connect it all to upcoming snail lessons.  For example, a future lesson plan is about snail structure.  I’d like to see them connect any reference to the snail environment they discovered to snail bodies and ask themselves questions like “Why does a snail need a moist, shady spot to live?”.  As we considered the snails both independently and collectively, we gained valuable perspective and ability to apply it to things around us.  This acted both as a cumulative lesson and a reminder of the importance of their individual and collective ideas..all based on observation.  

  Value of Observation
  Real World Applications: Value of Observation
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Lands Snails- Tail the Snail Trail

Unit 2: Slimy Snails
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: Students will use the description of habits and habitat to find land snails outdoors.

Big Idea: How do you know where to look for a land snail outside?

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