Are you a Snail?

  • Author / Illustrator: Judy Allen / Tudor Humphries
  • Informational
  • Age Range/Level Recommendation: 4-8 yrs.

Summary: Learn about snails as young snail faces challenges as it tries to grow safely into an adult.

Themes/Tags: science, snails


  1. What is the difference between a snail and a slug?
  2. How do snail survive the cold of winter?
  3. Who are some of the snail’s enemies?

Extension Activities:

  1. Go on a snail hunt.
  2. Make a paper snail – tissue paper snail (scissor practice), paper plate snail, rolled paper snail
  3. Research Invertebrates, Mollusks and Gastropods. Chart, make a book

Comment: Very simple book. For more detailed information check out suggested readings. This book works well as part of our garden unit where we talk about composting and garden pests.
Snails are animals without a backbone - invertebrates.  They have an external shell they are also mollusks. Mollusks live nearly everywhere on Earth.
Gastropods include snails and slugs. Slugs have a broader habitat range than snails, they are simply shell-less snails, so don’t need a rich source of calcium for shell-building.
Both move by creeping along on a broad foot called a The foot oozes a slippery  which makes it easy to move.

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Suggested reading:

Let’s Look at Snails (Lightning Bolt Books: Animals Close-ups) by Laura Hamilton Waxman

The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane by David George Gordon – a book for those that are really interested in snails and slugs



Published in: Informational, Nonfiction, Picture Book on March 4, 2012 at4:07 pm Comments (0)
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