We love to use literature as a basis for our mathematics lessons. This book, How Many Snails? by Paul Giganti, Jr, is not your average counting book. It’s full of lovely mathematical richness. It doesn’t just count the objects on the page, it also makes you categorise them. Look at the cover. How many snails have their heads out? How many snails have stripes? How many snails have stripes and their heads out? Think of the Venn Diagrams you could make from this book!
After reading this book each child made their own snail out of plasticine. We made a little scene in a white tray. The scene included a small pond, some rocks, some foliage and a garden gnome (yes, he survived!). Then we placed the snails in the scene and made some mathematical questions to place around the scene. There was a lot of excitement when showing the parents and lots of rich mathematical language happening also.