Snail Investigation Inquiry Cycle

This treehouse documents Mrs. Clayberg's 6th grade classes exploring their ideas about snails, developing their own questions, and forming experiments to test out their hypotheses. The inquiry cycle shown here is a guided investigation based on lessons from the Diversity of Life Foss Curriculum.

Discuss | Observe | Question | Test

The Inquiry Cycle: Discuss

Click here to listen to what one student knows about snails

What I Know

What I Want to Know

Later, students will add what they learned.

The KWL: Starting with What We Know and What We Want to Know.

A KWL (What you know, What you Want to Know and What you have Learned) helps students organize their knowledge and access their prior understanding.

During the KWL discussion time Mrs. Clayberg's students recall many things they learned about snails from watching a video and from their own personal experiences, both orally and in writing.
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The Inquiry Cycle: Observe and Question

Observing the snails prompted many questions. The images below illustrate what the students were observing and the questions that they posed. Widen the screen until two images appear side by side

How do they move? Why can't I get them out of the cup?

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The Inquiry Cycle:Test

The students in Mrs. Clayberg's class came up with a variety of questions to investigate.
Follow the links in the list below to see more of their experiments. Discuss the merits and drawbacks of each test's experimental design.

Question: Do snails like hot or cold temperatures?
Question: Can a Snail Follow a Maze? Can a Snail Get Out of a Maze?

Question: Which Snail Moves Faster?

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This treehouse was made possible by Mrs. Clayberg and her 6th grade science classes, Booth-Fickett Math Science Middle School, Tucson, AZ

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