Strand: Living Things

Lesson: The Snail


Aims: To get the children to observe: (1) how the snail moves; (2) where it lives (3)what it eats. To make children aware of creatures in their own environment.

Objectives: To construct a snailery and observe what happens.

Materials Needed
The children will bring in snails from their gardens.



I will present a picture of the snail to the class. We will then discuss facts about the snails structure - how it moves along on a 'foot' like a muscle. On its head it has 'feelers'. What does it use these for? Where do you think its eyes and mouth are? Does a snail have any teeth?



I will then take one of the snails brought in by the children around to each group. Our classroom assistant will help with this activity.
Observation will take place.

Questions: Where does the snail live? - Damp shady places, in the garden under stones. What happens when it moves? It uses its feelers and it leaves a sticky trail called mucus. What do snails like to eat? - See chart on the different foods e.g. leaves, grass, apples etc. Why does it have a shell to live/hide in? The children will look carefully at the snail. What happens when you put it on your hand?

We will use the digital camera to take photos of the snails in their shells and when they come out of their shells.


Constructing a Snailery

The children and I will construct a snailery. I will ask the children what they need to put in. What will we give the snails to eat? (leaves, apples and grass). What about somewhere for the snail to hide away? (stones, gravel and pebbles.) What about the lid? What do we need to do with it? Why? We need to put air holes in the lid.


Conclusion/Follow Up Activities

The children will complete activities in their 'Look Around Work Book' on the snail. They will paint a picture of the snail and make spiral patterns based on the snail.

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