Wolfsnail : a backyard predator by Sarah C. Campbell

wolfsnailSchema: In the title: “predator”  What do you know about predators?  Look at the shell on the cover.  Does it make you have a text-to-self connection with seashells?

Mental Image: Water running off of porch;  What if you don’t have a porch?  Can you make a mental image of water running down the curb or parking lot?

Make a mental image of the snail with the tail coming out first.

Mental Image: Imagine if your lips curled out like the wolfsnail’s lips.  Can you make a mental image of that?

Mental Image: Slime trail; imagine if you had to blow out mucus in order to walk or move from place to place like the wolfsnail.

Mental Image: Teeth on tongue: radula

Text-to-self connection: The wolfsnail is climbing up a stem.  What is a stem?  A hosta is a big leafy plant.

Text-to-self connection: Have you ever seen the shiny slime trails on the sidewalk in the morning?  When the wolfsnail retreats he pulls into his shell like a turtle.

Land snail: shell is curled up like a cinnamon roll.

Sometimes we find the empty shells in the flower beds or in the dirt on the playground about the building.

Hermit crabs move from shell to shell, but the wolfsnail grows his own shell.

Before you read the book, read the text inside the front cover of the book.  It tells you that the wolfsnail is a meat eater.

Predicting: Do you predict that the wolfsnail will bite into the hosta leaf?

Predicting: Will the wolfsnail eat the worm?

Compare and contrast: land snail and wolfsnail

Wolfsnail facts at the end tell us that the predators of the wolfsnail are birds and rats.


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