Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Snail Measuring

This project is inspired by "curled paper snails" from the book Sunset Kid's Crafts - 1973.

Kids cut 1 inch width strips of construction paper. 
Then, they trim their strips different lengths:
Body - 7 inches
Shell (4 rings): 12, 10, 8, and 6 inches
Kids roll their paper strips to create a shell. They roll a head on their 7 inch strip. Then, they cut tentacles (feelers) for their snail. Staple the rings to the body, glue on the tentacles, and you have a paper snail! 

To incorporate this into an animal adaptation unit, have kids create a mucus trail out of glue! Create a trail on wax paper, let dry, and peel.
Mucus - glide, repulse predators, stick to surfaces
Foot - muscular organ to move
Shell - protection from predators and if environment is dry
Tentacles - two long (version of eyes) and two short (feel, taste, smell)
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