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Fourth graders examine the challenges facing organisms living in an intertidal zone. Working in groups, they design organisms from common materials that exhibit adaptive features. After discussing the organisms, they can modify them to increase the odds of survival.
Students explore intertidal zones. In this intertidal zones lesson, students work in small groups and use ready-made materials to create a model of intertidal zones. Resources are provided.
Students determine water level tidal predictions for a given place for the next month, current status of the area and the local weather. Links are provided for the information. Students answer questions based on the information found, then determine whether given animals would survive in the intertidal zone and which part, explaining their reasoning. Students produce a field guide as an assessment.
Young scholars study climate change in the intertidal zones. In this intertidal zones lesson, students read an article about intertidal zones and review the scientific method. Young scholars then come up with an experimental design for testing rising temperatures and pH levels and their affect on intertidal organisms.
Students study the properties of ocean water and tides and learn about animals that live in intertidal zones. In this intertidal zone activity, students participate in classroom stations to learn about fresh water and salt water, cold water and warm water, centrifugal force, tides, and currents.
Learners investigate tides and the land submerged under them.  For this intertidal field trip, Students visit the intertidal zone and observe the habitats and animals that live there.  Learners view the pools under rocks where lobsters are found.  Students answer questions about their field trip.
Students explore an intertidal zone. In this science lesson plan, students travel to an intertidal zone. Students collect data and create species accumulation curves.
Young scholars investigate tides and create a model of an intertidal zone. In this hands-on marine science lesson based on a Magic School Bus book, the teacher leads students in a discussion about tides, then helps young scholars model a tide and participate in populating an intertidal zone. Lesson includes a follow-up assignments and related resources.
Students investigate the creatures of intertidal zones. They explore the adaptations species make to survive .
Students examine three ocean habitats; the intertidal zone, the pelagic zone and the abyss. They study the adaptations that animals living in these zones have made. They write a paragraph about what would happen to an animal if where located in the wrong zone.
Students observe and record changes of intertidal zones. In this intertidal stressors lesson, students set-up intertidal areas with differing environmental conditions to observe and record changes. Students analyze the results after one week.
Students monitor the abundance of organisms in photograph quadrats. In this environmental monitoring lesson, students view pictures of rocky intertidal and subtidal marine zones and discuss the importance of monitoring organism abundance. They use life-sized photographs of marine quadrats to count and determine the relative abundance of organisms.
In this intertidal zone instructional activity, students study the various marine life creatures and list the characteristic that allows them to stay put in the intertidal zone. Students then draw or cut and paste the marine life and seaweed into their ocean homes.
Students research the diverse animal and plant life that inhabit the intertidal zones along the Pacific rocky coast. As students progress through this lesson, they begin to recognize distinct behaviors, adaptations, and characteristics of the coastal animals and plants in their aquatic habitats.
Students examine the cause-and-effect relationship between tides and the rocky coast ecosystem. They complete a worksheet that illustrates the intertidal zone.
Students participate in an activity in which they explore the various zones of the ocean. They clean up a mock oil spill and discuss the effects an oil spill has on each of the ocean zones.
Students discover tidal pools.  In this oceanographic instructional activity, students observe the tides of the earth and the creatures that inhabit the intertidal zones.  Students role-play the tidal zones by portraying themselves as animals of the tidal community,
Students describe major features of cold-seep communities and the process of chemosynthesis as it relates to organisms in each habitat.  In this deep-sea habitats lesson, students study the categorization of ocean habitats according to their ocean zone. Students then study the contrast between communities dependent on chemosynthesis with those dependent on photosynthesis. Students then study how the ocean and humans are interconnected and how the ocean sustains life on Ear
For this lesson sixth grade students get into groups and research a given ocean habitat. The major features of cold-seep communities are the objective but plenty information is given about other habitats which could be assigned to multiple groups in your classroom.
Students fill out a fact sheet and look at diagrams of BC's shore and the animals that live there. In this habitat lesson plan, students discuss the plants and animals and the different zones they live in.

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