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I'm looking for any help/suggestions/resources for a unit on seashore (and general ocean) ecology. This is for a 1st grader, and tag-along pre-K. I want to cover:


habitats (especially tide pools)


water cycle

rocks, shells, sand

island communities (people living on islands, not necessarily exotic)



I am looking for all sorts of materials and ideas:

books (fiction and non-, readers [3rd grade level or so])

DVDs (documentary, reading rainbow, movies, etc.)







museums/centers (western washington)



I have a few ideas, and I am hoping to make this a spectacular backdrop for our next spring term. I am planning to culminate with a 3-5 day camping trip to the coast (northwest). I would love to hear from anyone who already knows of resources/ideas/etc. that they have seen or used, to help get me going in the right direction. Anything you think is really great!! TIA:thumbup:

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Here are a few on-line resources (some of them are specific to the Northwest):


-Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Washington State): Offers classes and Lesson plans:


Their curriculum download page: http://padillabay.gov/educationcurriculum.asp


-Seaworld.org - actually has some neat references, including an animal sounds library and animal fact sheets:



-Washington State Department of Ecology Classroom activity guides:



-Treasures at Sea - exploring the ocean through literature. Has writing, art, and interactive activities. Has a list of Books with web-based learning activities and other ocean related books:



-Bridge - Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Education Center. Has Lesson plans, organized by grade:



-Enchanted Learning - has many ocean/seashore related lessons (the water cycle, ocean animals, intertidal zone, tides, waves, ocean prints and crafts, etc.):



I hope these are the kinds of things you are looking for and at least get you started!

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I don't know if this will be helpful (depending on where you live in W. WA) but someone on my group's list just put this info up.......


Trained Naturalists will be at these seven local beaches on these dates.

Look for signs at the entrance to the beach. Naturalists are at: South

Alki, Golden Gardens, Carkeek Park, Lincoln Park, Richmond Beach, Des Moines

and Seahurst.


June 1, 9am-11:30am;

June 4 & 5, 10:30am-2:30pm

June 7, noon-4pm;

June 8, 1:30pm-4pm

June 21, noon-3pm;

June 22, 12:30pm-3:30pm

July 3, 10am -2pm;

July 4, 11am-3pm;

July 5, 11:30am-3:30pm;

July 6, noon-3pm

July 19, 11:30am-2:30pm;

July 20, 11:30am-2:30pm

Aug 2, 11:30am-2:30pm


Beach Naturalists will also be at the Olympic Sculpture Park!

June 4, 11am-2pm;

June 5, 11:30am-2pm;

June 7 1pm-3pm

July 4, 11:30am-2:30pm;

July 5, noon-2pm

Aug 2, 11am-1pm


We just went to our first tide pool yesterday and it was wonderful. We are doing the Green Hour Challenge and have choosen the Puget Sound as our focus area. There is much to see.


LearningPage.com has some great downloads for your kid's ages.



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We've about 3/4 way through a month long study on the ocean using three FIAR books (Gramma's Walk, All Those Secrets of the World and Night of the Moonjellies). We go to the beach next week as part of our "study". :) These are some of the books and videos we've enjoyed:


Books (all are picture books):


Gramma's Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines

When the Tide is Low by Shelia Cole

The Sea and I by Harutaka Nakawatari

Shells! Shells! Shells! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace (is "fiction" but has great photos of shells and very informative)

Hello, Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan (great discussion of 5 senses)

A Gift From the Sea by Kate Banks

A Beautiful Seashell by Ruth Lercher Bornstein

The Disappearing Island by Corinne Demas

A Flag for Grandma by Sally Grindley

The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow

The Big Big Sea by Martin Waddell

Little Rabbit and the Sea by Gavin Bishop

Atlantic by Brian Karas

Pagoo by Holling C. Hollings (Technically fiction I guess but chock-full of info on tide pool life, about the life of a hermit crab. It's long..we're using it as a read-aloud. Lots of intersting sketches of marine life.)

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet

Crab Moon by Ruth Horowitz

Moving Day by Robert Kalan

The Girl Who Danced with Dolphins by Frank DeSaix

Down at the Bottom of the Deep Dark Sea by Rebecca Jones

Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha

Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier

Those Summers by Aliki

Louie's Goose and Gotcha Louie! by H.M. Ehrlich (very sweet books for a Pre-schooler)



Animals Without Bones: Crabs

Creatures that Glow by Joanne Barkan (the book glows in the dark)

Nature's Children series: Jellyfish

A True Book series: Jellyfish by Elaine Landau

Sea Jellies: Rainbows in the Sea by Elizabeth Tayntor Gowell

Dolphin Talk: Whistles, Clicks and Clapping Jaws by Wendy Pfeffer

Wild About Dolphins by Nicola Davies

The Magic School Bus Gets Crabby by Kristin Earhart

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole

Shark In the Sea by Joanne Ryder (I think these are shelved under fiction. They are a series called "Just for a Day" where the author has the reader imagine what it is to be a shark. Very good.)

Sea Elf by Joanne Ryder

World Book's Science and Nature Guides Seashells and Peterson's Field Guide to Shells of the Atlantic (I'm taking these with us on vacation. The first one is really nice for kids.)



Ocean (DK Eyewitness video)

The Blue Planet (excellent, from the Discovery Channel...similar to the Planet Earth series.)

Popular Mechanics for Kids: Super Sea Creatures

Reading Rainbow Ocean Life (actually two episodes on one DVD...one about whales and one about manatees)

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The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow and Wendell Minor


Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore by Jim Arnosky

Seashore (DK Eyewitness Books) by DK Publishing


One Small Square Seashore by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne


This Is the Sea That Feeds Us by Robert F. Baldwin and Don Dyen


Seashore Food Chains by John Crossingham and Bobbie Kalman



In One Tidepool: Crabs, Snails, and Salty Tails (Sharing Nature With Children Book) by Anthony D. Fredericks and Jennifer Dirubbio



Seashore Plants and Animals Coloring Book by Dot Barlowe


Seashore Life Coloring Book (Colouring Books) by Anthony D'Attilio

Seashore Activity Book by Patricia J. Wynne



Seashore Life Sticker Picture: With 33 Reusable Peel-and-Apply Stickers (Sticker Picture Books) by Jan Sovak


Rivers, Ponds, And Seashore (Discovering Nature) by Sally Hewitt



and for readers I would use some of the titles Alice listed.

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I second the Burgess Seashore Book for Children.


Other books:

Fish do the Strangest Things by Leonora & Arthur Hornblow


Sea Creatures do Amazing Things by Arthur Myers


Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanne Cole - also this supplemental website - http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score//Magic/magictg.htm


Peterson's A field guide to Seashores Coloring Book



The Secret Oceans by Betty Ballantine

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I second One Small Square Seashore as well as the Burgess seashore book. Also, here are some others:


Kingfisher Young People....Oceans

Under the Sea

When Turtles Come to Town

Q & A About Sharks

Bill Nye’s Big Blue Ocean

Magic School Bus.... Ocean Floor

DK Eyewitness Seashore

Exploring an Ocean Tidepool

Sharks, Gibbons

Sharks, Maynard

Tide Pools, Rood

Usborne What’s Under the Sea?

Oceans and Rivers

What Makes an Ocean Wave?

At Home in a Tide Pool

Oceans and Beaches

DK Eyewitness Shell

DK Picturepedia Sea Life

At the Ocean

Starfish: Stars of the Sea

Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars, Christiane Tibbitts

Sea Jellies: Rainbows of the Sea, Elizabeth Gowell

Gentle Giant Octopus, Karen Wallace

Seashore Surprises, Rose Wyler

Seashells by the Seashore, Marianne Berkes

Is This a House for Hermit Crab? Megan McDonald

Hermit Crabs, Sylvia Johnson

Discovering Crabs and Lobsters, Jill Bailey

Lobsters: Gangsters of the Sea, Mary Cerullo

The Blue Lobster: A Life Cycle, Carol and Donald Carrick

Animals that Live in Shells, Dean Morris

Mollusks, Joy Richardson

A First Look at Seashells, Millicent Selsam

Shells are Skeletons, Joana Victor

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