Intertidal Zone Teacher Resources
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Life in the Rocky Intertidal Zone
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 instructional activity, students work in small groups and use ready-made materials to create a model of intertidal zones. Resources are provided.
Rocky Intertidal Field Trip
Students investigate tides and the land submerged under them. In this intertidal field trip, Students visit the intertidal zone and observe the habitats and animals that live there. Students view the pools under rocks where lobsters are found. Students answer questions about their field trip.
Survival Zone: The Intertidal Zone
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.
Students study climate change in the intertidal zones. For this intertidal zones lesson, students read an article about intertidal zones and review the scientific method. Students then come up with an experimental design for testing rising temperatures and pH levels and their affect on intertidal organisms.
The Intertidal Zone
Pupils 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.
The Magic School Bus Goes to Mussel Beach
Students investigate tides and create a model of an intertidal zone. In this hands-on marine science lesson plan based on a Magic School Bus book, the teacher leads students in a discussion about tides, then helps students 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 .
The Intertidal Zone: Tides and How Creatures Survive
Pupils study the properties of ocean water and tides and learn about animals that live in intertidal zones. In this intertidal zone lesson, students participate in classroom stations to learn about fresh water and salt water, cold water and warm water, centrifugal force, tides, and currents.
Intertidal Field Trip
Young scholars explore an intertidal zone. In this science lesson, students travel to an intertidal zone. Young scholars collect data and create species accumulation curves.
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.
Water Column Mix-Up
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.
Entering the Twilight Zone
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
Tides and How Creatures Survive
Young scholars discover tidal pools. In this oceanographic lesson, students observe the tides of the earth and the creatures that inhabit the intertidal zones. Young scholars role-play the tidal zones by portraying themselves as animals of the tidal community,
Every Square Inch Counts
Learners 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.
Animals and Plants of BC's Rocky Shore
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.
Entering The Twilight Zone
In 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.
Analyzing Intertidal and Deep Sea Vent Communities
Students study how scientists measure diversity. In this diversity instructional activity students look at marine communities and look at data to calculate diversity in 3 different ways.
Learning the Zones of the Ocean Using an Oil Spill.
Learners 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.
Classification of Intertidal Organisma
Students categorize animals. In this animal classification lesson, students group animals by their characteristics. Students break into groups and work together to classify the animals. Students fill out a graphic organizer with their information.