The snail who lived beneath Jack’s beanstalk could only travel at a snail’s pace. The snail thought that it might be a good idea to enter a championship race – so he started to learn athletics to speed up somewhat, in haste. In fact, though he huffed and puffed rather a lot, move he did not. His shell was heavy and weighed a lot … hardly surprising, that he stayed in one spot ! All along Jack’s beanstalk, the snail ‘s slimy tail, made an even more shiny, slimy trail. The snail decided that he’d much rather be, a flea or a cheetah that could run up the enormous tree rather more quickly. So he exercised daily and lifted heavy weights … in fact, once he almost got crushed beneath one of Jack’s squirrel’s acorn crates. The snail ran around the beanstalk – it took him a day or two … in fact, whilst he was jogging, the beanstalk grew an inch or few. He jumped up and down on the spot so much, he felt like a kangeroo ! Running around along the hedge, the snail was soon quite out of breath and he fell asleep underneath a ledge. Even after he’d had a break, he still had trouble trying to overtake. He really wasn’t that fast at all – when he tried rock – climbing, he only made it half an inch up the wall. The snail bought a new pair of running shoes, to see if that could do the trick … but despite all his flapping, his tail was so slimy, the only thing he did was stick. He picked up a twig and used it as a pogo stick – but his bounce wasn’t that high at all and he fell off it, doing a back flick. Next, the snail climbed on a leaf that blew into the air – soon, on a gust of wind, the snail was flying everywhere ! As high as a kite, he took off in mid – flight. He only stopped, when he crash landed on the trunk of the beanstalk and quickly had to alight. Now, high up in the branches and the leaves, the snail suddenly felt as though he was going to sneeze. With an “Atishoo !”, the leaf launched off in the breeze, a hundred miles per hour around the beanstalk and the other trees. The snail’s journey back down to the ground in the wood was considerably slower, though he travelled as fast as he could. It took the snail at least a week, to abseil over the five hundred branches – a thousand feet – no wonder he soon started to overheat ! The snail cried out “OUCH !” in pain, he licked his wounds and started crawling again. With a broken tail, he was, of course, much slower … and could only climb up a flower, which of course, compared to a beanstalk, is considerably lower.

Space Race Or Snail’s Pace ?

a) Which snail would reach the top of Jack’s beanstalk quickest ? Write a mathematical equation to show your working out to the following maths problems.

b) If Jack’s beanstalk was 100 metres high, how long did it take each snail ? Work out the speed and velocity of each snail.

c) Draw a table to present your answers. Give your answer in minutes and hours (as a decimal).

d) Which two snails arrive at the top of the beanstalk at the same time ?

1. Snail one travelled at a speed of 1 metre / 5 minutes.

2. Snail two travelled at a speed of 3 metres / 10 minutes.

3. Snail three travelled at a speed of 2 metres / 25 minutes.

4. Snail four travelled at a speed of 10 metres / 15 minutes.

5. Snail five travelled at a speed of 4 metres / 20 minutes.

Trace The Ace In The Snal’s Snail Pace

Can you spot the word “ace” inside these bigger words ?

space

paced

face

race

trace

place

lace

mace

In A ShellHow many English phrases can you think of that include an animal – like “snail’s” pace ?

How many English phrases can you think of that include reference to speed – like “snail’s” pace ?

How many English phrases can you think of that include reference to animals – like “snail’s” pace ?

© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers :

a) Snail four.

b) c) 1. If snail one travelled at a speed of 1 metre / 5 minutes, 50 x 5 = 250 mins = 4.16 hours.

2. If snail two travelled at a speed of 3 metres / 10 minutes, 50 / 3 x 10 = 166.6 mins = 2.77 hours.

3. If snail three travelled at a speed of 2 metres / 25 minutes, 50 / 2 x 25 = 625 mins = 10.41 hours.

4. If snail four travelled at a speed of 10 metres / 15 minutes, 50 / 10 x 15 = 75 mins = 1.25 hours.

5. If snail five travelled at a speed of 4 metres / 20 minutes, 50 / 4 x 20 = 250 mins = 4.16 hours.

d) Snails one and five.