Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding "Hello, You Look Familiar!"- Sea and Land Snails - Section 3: Small Group Instruction


Snails are one of those things that could quickly become “icky” to this age.  The good thing is that a teacher is often the 'be all' source of information so I consider it my job to open their minds.  As my mom used to say, “It’s all in the presentation.”.  We have so many animals in my classroom that snails became another learning opportunity.  To bypass the “ick” factor, every living thing becomes a “Learning Friend”.  They’re not snails, they’re our friends!  Snails are a perfect animal ambassador because they move slow enough to allow careful observation so the students can really see- for example- how the tentacles move to show which direction the snail should move.  I teach the students that snails are an important part of the food chain and need to be respected as a part of nature's balance.  Several times a week, I briefly review the rules on how to observe animals as a learning experience while keeping a safe distance to respect their space.  While this philosophy tests my resolve sometimes (I still don’t like roaches, though now I scoop them up and throw them outside!), I have embraced the innate curiosity of this age.


  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Value of Observation
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"Hello, You Look Familiar!"- Sea and Land Snails

Unit 2: Slimy Snails
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: Students will compare and contrast the habitats and structure of a water and land snail on a Venn diagram.

Big Idea: What different parts of a land and water snail help them each survive in their unique habitats?

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Science, compare-and-contrast, Life Span, inquiry, sea, snail
  40 minutes
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