Though the Wild Snail book is an adult trade book, it is being adopted into high school and university curricula and into classrooms at all grade levels and in many disciplines. It meets Common Core standards for literacy and illustrates many of the Next Generation Science Standards. With its blend of literature, natural history, and medical humanities, it is a model for interdisciplinary writing. The medical humanities component is excellent for pre-med and medical students.
Please see the left column of this page for downloadable powerpoints, activities, and a flyer about how to use The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating in your classroom. Additional classroom activities will be posted for use as they become available. We expect to have a six-week curricula to share soon. If you would like a desk copy for consideration for curriculum adoption, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org If you are already using the book in your classroom, we'd love to hear about it on the contact page.
Scroll down for examples of the book's adoption into the K-16 curriculum . . .
WILD SNAIL ACCOLADES IN THE EDUCATION FIELD
• AA rating for 9th-12th grade from the Hawaii Children’s Science Book Project 2011-2012. Strongly recommended, excellent. Outstanding illustrations. Exhibits all the best qualities of the following eight evaluation factors: accuracy, currency, author’s qualifications, organization and format, illustrative matter, literary qualities, and balance and objectivity and promotion of scientific attitudes and skills.
• National Youth Selection for October 2011, The Korean Ethics Commission.
• Best Non-Fiction Titles for Young Readers in 2012, Taipei Public Library, capital of Taiwan.
• University of Washington-Seattle curriculum adoption for the senior thesis classes “Monsters & Aliens: Encountering Others" and "The Politics of Life." Anthropology Professor Maria Elena Garcia, Comparative History of Ideas & Jackson School of International Studies.
• Princeton University, curriculum adoption for the freshman seminar, “What Makes for a Meaningful Life? A Search.” Professor of Russian Literature, Ellen Chances, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
• State University of New York, Purchase Campus, curriculum adoption for the class “Science & Writing,” adjunct professor Katherine Hurley.
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL
• Loyola Blakefield High School. Biology teacher, Ryan Bromwell, designed and implemented a teaching unit based on the Wild Snail book for his 9th grade advanced biology class. His students read the book and have weekly assignments involving writing, discussion, and science activities and experiments related to the book. This is the third year Ryan has used the book in the classroom and this year the students are launching the Wild Snail Migratory Book Project in fall of 2013. He presented on his Wild Snail curriculum at the Jesuit Secondary Education Association Colloquium in June 2013. See Ryan's powerpoint and information flyer in the left column of this page documenting how to use the Wild Snail book in your classroom.
• Coastal Studies for Girls: a semester science and leadership school. Marine science teacher, Elizabeth Halliday, works with 10th grade girls. The students designed periwinkle behavior studies and read Part III of the book. The author Skyped into their yurt classroom for a presentation and Q&A.
• Primary education teachers are reading the book and selecting excerpts to share with their students. They often create terrariums in the classroom and encourage their students to practice their observational skills as they monitor an ecosystem and watch any live inhabitants.
• At the Lyceum, a private 5th grade gifted and talented class taught by Meg Shevenock, students read the book themselves, wrote reflective essays on the book's interdisciplinary and philosophical subjects and also wrote poems from a snail's perspective. They took a field trip to visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and met with malacologist, Tim Pearce.