Snails Under Observation at Foster!

I subbed for Hope at Foster Elementary this Wednesday and I thought I would bring in something fun, interesting and a bit slimy, that the kids could observe…snails!

Although snails are not a gardener’s friend, I discovered they are still very interesting creatures. I read the kids some facts about snails before we brought them out to observe. First we learned that there are land snails, sea snails and freshwater snails and they all belong to the gastropod molluscs family.  We also learned snails can have lungs or gills depending on the species and their habitat. I brought out a snail and together we observed the snail’s shell and body.  I showed the kids where the snails eyes were located and the feelers which help the snail find food. The kids asked a bunch of great questions like “How many hearts does a snail have?” and “Do they have teeth?”.  Later, I let the kids take a closer look at a few snails with magnifying glasses.  They were very careful and respectful to the snails while they examined them and wrote down their observations.

Some of the kids drew pictures labeling the parts of the snail.

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One of the kids found a baby snail! It was so tiny!

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That prompted a fun fact about the largest land snail ever discovered…It weighed 2lbs and was 15inches long!  The kids all gasped when I showed them the picture (below)!
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Alex Aleshire

Alex Aleshire has been playing in the dirt for as long as she can remember! As an avid edible gardener with a background in child development, she has a passion for connecting people with the earth. After designing "Outdoor Classroom"  gardens for several schools, she became a Los Angeles Master Gardener and a Grow LA Victory Garden coordinator. "Helping children gain respect for where their food comes from and teaching them that their choices about food affect their health, the environment, and their communities, is a great passion of mine" When Alex isn't gardening, she's over the potter's wheel, painting, camping and taking care of her boys, hubby, pups, cats, chicks, bees, turtle and fish! Whew!