What started out as a planned unit study on “Ducks”, turned into a child-led study on “Snails”. I couldn't resist the enthusiasm the children had for this learning opportunity. So, here it is; to Duck or Snail?!
The hunt for sleepy snails began Monday morning. I actually had this great idea on ducks for the week. I mean, we were headed on a fieldtrip to the farm, so ducks seemed appropriate. The kids had a different plan though.
The kids were screaming every time they found a snail as we collected about 10 of them. One for everyone, plus a few extra (just in case). We made a habitat for them with rocks, soil, dead leaves, lettuce and misty water. The lid goes on and I thought that would be the end of that. Nope, we had to race the little critters too.
We came up with a "race track" for these speedy little creatures. Ok, I know; they aren't as speedy as the kids think. You'll be surprised though at how fast these little guys can slime away.
With buckets of water to wet the children's hands before handling the snails, food coloring to document snails, and the race begins.
Rules were being discussed in this picture.
Hey, mine is getting a piggy back ride.
Children screaming and cheering for their racers was heard from neighbors far far away.
Racing was so much fun.
We can paint pictures of snails too then cut & paste them on leaves.
Nothing like digging into cold wet clay. Hey, let's make our own snails.
Naming them before they head home was another connection.
|His Name is SLIMEY|
The last day of the week; it's time to set them little creatures free, as they have families to get to.
To Snail or Not to Snail, that is the Question.....................
Love even the little things: PattyKakesKidz
Follow your child's inner intelligence.
You'll be surprised where they take you.