Yes! Even though I\’m officially retired, I decided to go on our substitute teacher list. I NEVER thought I\’d do that but I miss teaching so much I couldn\’t NOT do it. Besides, there\’s a shortage of TOCs (Teachers on Call) in our province, so I know I\’m not impinging on any new and aspiring teachers.
We spent most of our afternoon looking at this book and then completing a fun art activity I saw on pinterest.
Synopsis (from Amazon): A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals.
What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear?
- I showed the class the cover of the book and asked them if they knew what spirals were.
- After that discussion they spontaneously started telling me where they\’ve seen spirals (that was my next question but they beat me to it). They rattled off some things I hadn\’t even thought of like the icing on cupcakes, the swirls in a soft ice-cream and a rose. I was VERY impressed.
- They knew we were going to do an art activity and were just itching to get started. I gave them the snail shell template to colour with oil and chalk pastels (there\’s a link for the template below). Once that was done, they cut them out and then received a snail body tracer. I let them choose a piece of construction paper. Once those were cut out they glued on a googly eye or two. Some of the kids even decided to decorate their snail bodies (template below). We established early on that these were fantasy snails so anything goes! Oh! I should mention that we also talked about how this shell wasn\’t a spiral, it was just four circles, but wasn\’t it neat how it gave the illusion of a spiral.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Reading!