Teacher and students will go on several nature walks in order to conduct a detailed inquiry into snails, their habitat, basic needs, and benefits to humans and the environment. Research will be conducted outside and in the classroom, in order to set up a snail habitat in the classroom for further inquiry and study opportunities.

Grade Level: 2

Strand and Topic: Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals

Inquiry Focus:

What is a snail and what makes a snail a snail (characteristics of snails that are similar/different to other animals)?

What do snails need in order to survive in their natural habitat (i.e.: what do snails need to meet their basic needs)?

How do snails help humans and our environment? Why should humans protect their environment?