Reflection: Real World Applications Land and Water Snail Race- Ready, Set, Slow! - Section 3: Small Group Instruction


The theme of ‘habitats’ has been- directly or as a sideline- a thread through several lessons lately.  It got me to thinking about the connection the theme has to many areas of out students’ lives.  Whether it’s class animals, home pets, or their own environment, an appropriate habitat is essential for survival.  Then it got me to thinking about the idea of ‘want’ vs. ‘need’.  During this lesson, I had several side discussions with students about elements of the snail habitats.  I tried to help them figure out what elements of it was a ‘want’ or a ‘need’, e.g. a source of moisture was a 'need'; the type of source may be a 'want'.  

In our school, it can be a bit of a struggle to help students discriminate this difference between 'wants' and 'needs'.  What they think of as one is often another.  This became important in this lesson because of a simple illustration.  How does the simple act of moving adapt to different surfaces?  Does the snail need move to find a more suitable surface or does it make do with what nature puts in front of it?  While this may sound like a deep, philosophical question for a Kindergartener to ponder, I enjoyed the conversations and the ability to highlight that all living things need to ‘make do’.  It’s easier to hear it from a snail than me.

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Land and Water Snail Race- Ready, Set, Slow!

Unit 2: Slimy Snails
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: Students will measure the speed of land and water snails on different surfaces.

Big Idea: Do land and water snails adapt the way they move?

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