April 30

Shell Study

Second graders are studying invertebrates and PreK scientists will begin an ocean unit, so both groups investigated shells in lab. All shells begin as a home for an invertebrate. If a shell is empty, the animal died, was eaten, or in some cases changed shells. A hole in a shell indicates a predator penetrated the protective covering.

Both groups classified their shells into bivalves and gastropods and then found new ways to sort their shells into groups.


The following picture shows you the spiral inside some gastropods. Next time you are shelling, don’t pass these by!

Second grade students also classified shells using two properties with a Venn diagram. The common attributes were placed in the intersection.


Posted April 30, 2021 by pbright2 in category Science

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