- Easier - Tide
pools are rocky areas on the edge of an ocean that
are filled with sea water. Many plants and
creatures live there. For example, you might see
starfish, anemones, urchins, barnacles, crabs, kelp
and other sea plants in a tide pool.
- Harder - Tide
pools are a unique and brutal habitat where the
ocean meets the land. This tidal zone is
continually shaped by the actions of sun, wind,
water, and rock. The sun bears down, heating
exposed surfaces and organisms. Winds blow and
contribute to the wave action, erosion, and drying
of exposed plants and animals. Water in the form of
waves endlessly pound at the rocks, constantly
reshaping the coastline. Rocks are pounded by the
waves and loose stones and sand grind into the
- Life is tough for plants and animals that live
in tide pools. Here portions of the shoreline are
regularly covered and uncovered by the advance and
retreat of the tides. In order to survive, tide
pool life forms must avoid being washed away by the
tidal waves, keep from drying out in the sunlight
of low tide, and avoid being eaten.
- Tide pools are subdivided in four zones. They
are the splash zone and high tide, mid-tide, low
at the Edge of the Sea: Virtual Tide Pool
- Interact with one of nature's most
fascinating places where ocean water and land
meet and animal life ranges from soft-bodied
nudibranchs to hard-shelled crabs, birds, and
seals that come to feed at the water's
- Related Website:
- 2) Life at the Edge of the Sea http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/edgeofsea/index.html
Tide Pool from the University of
California, Santa Cruz
- This site takes you on a virtual tour of a
tide pool area, provides tips for preparing for
a tide pool visit, provides information about
the plant and animal life, and more.
- Other Tide Pool Pages:
- 2) Tide Pools at Life in the Ocean http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/eviau/edit557/oceans/norma/otdpls.htm
- 3) Tide Pool Pre-packet from Doheny State
Beach Interpretive Program
- 4) Virtual Tide Pool http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/NH_Zoo_Magnet/virtual/outer.html
- 5) What About Tide Pools? http://www.xlrn.ucsb.edu/~jhurley/Toolswinter99/Kara/intro.html
Pool Page by C. Chase & J. Fitzpatrick
- This website is devoted to the type of tide
pool found on the Oregon coast and provides tide
pool tips, information on tides, tide pool
organisms, and more. There are tips for visiting
tidal areas, including advice on how to minimize
your impact on the pools.
- Similar Websites:
- 2) Coastal Journey through the Northwest
Intertidal Zone by N. Sefton http://www.poulsbomsc.org/tutorial.htm
- 3) Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
in a Massachusetts Tide Pool by K. Amaral
- Take a peek inside a Massachusetts tide
pool! Find out about sea stars, barnacles, and
more exotic characters like sea cucumbers and
bryozoans--and learn what's eating them!
- Related Websites:
- 2) Tide Pools http://users.massed.net/~sseery/page5.htm
- 3) Animals of the Tide Pools http://users.massed.net/~sseery/page6.htm
- 4) Intertidal Life at Virtual Galapagos
- 5) Life in the Tide Pools http://eagle.cc.ukans.edu/~eliggett/mytext.html
- 6) Plants of the Tide Pools http://users.massed.net/~sseery/page7.htm
- After visiting several of the tide
pool websites, complete one or more of the
- Create a Tide Pool Diorama.
Visit the Tide
Pool Box site to get some start up
ideas for your own tide pool display. Be
creative and see if you can improve on the
ideas you find there. An alternative
activity is to make a tide pool display
using a paper plate. Find information
about the process at Let's
Make A Tide Pool.
- Complete A Tide Pool WebQuest.
Adapt or follow the procedures found at
the following webQuest sites:
- 1) Intertidal Zone WebQuest
- 2) Save The Tide pools! http://www.learningspace.org/instruct/lplan/TIDEPOOL/Tide.htm
- Play the Tide Pool Challenge.
Go to the Tide
Pool Challenge and find out how much
you have learned or determine if you are a
tide pool expert?
- Write A Tide Pool Poem. Visit a
tide pool; that could even be an online
visit. Then write a poem that expresses
your feelings about a tide pool. Share
your poetry with friends. To get more
information about poetry and writing
poetry visit the 42eXplore Poetry
for Kids project. Read a poem about a
pool by J. Hayes.
- Create a Tide Pool Mural.
Create a tide pool mural that shows the
four tide zones and what lives in each
- Videotape a Skit. Write a
script for a skit about a day in the life
of a tide pool. What might happen during
the day to the creatures that live in the
tide pool and the people who visit? Make
your own puppets or costumes to use in the
skit. Create a videotape to share with
- Become a Sea Creature. Learn
about a tide pool creature and act out how
the creature acts in the tide pool. Who
are your friends and enemies? How do your
body parts work? How do you move?
- Compare Water Life. Compare the
life in a pond with the life in a tide
pool. How are the plants and creatures
alike and different? Create a chart or
Venn diagram to show the comparison. Visit
the 42eXplore on the topic of pond
life for ideas.
- Build A Tide Pool. Read about a
tide pool project at Summer
Work on the Stow Science Lab.
- Write a Guide for Visiting Tide
Pool Areas. You can get some ideas
from sites like Rosario
Beach Project. Include the importance
of protecting and respecting tide pool
life and directions for making a visit
- Websites By Kids For Kids
on the Rocky Shore (Gold Award, 2000
ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- This site will help you learn more about
life in a tide pool.
of the Tide Pools (2000 ThinkQuest Junior
- Have you ever wondered what creatures live
along the rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean?
This site will help you understand what goes on
in tide pools.
Kids Guide to the Marginal Way
- Fifth graders provide this online project on
marine education that includes a tide pool field
- Similar Student Project:
- 2) Tidepool Field Guide http://ousd.k12.ca.us/~codypren/tideguide.html
- This site shows some of the marine life
found in tide pools.
- Simialr Student-Produced
- 2) Rocky Intertidal Zone http://www.branson.org/depts/science/marbio/Intertidal_Intro.html
- 3) Secret World of Tide pools http://www.sbceo.k12.ca.us/~eagles/tidepool.htm
- 4) Tide Pools http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/districts/cardiff/ada/kidsaction/tidepools.html
- 5) Tide Pools http://www.maquoketa.k12.ia.us/Briggs/Ocean/tpmain.html
- 6) Tide Pool Studies http://www.2cj.com/driftwood/sandra/tide
Pools and the Life Within Them
- This online article was an award-winning
essay for Young Naturalists.
- More Tide Pool Websites
Intertidal Invertebrates of Central
- This site has an online identification guide
- Companion Website:
- 2) Common Intertidal Plants of Central
- Related Websites:
- 3) Intertidal Animals from Kodiak Island,
- 4) San Diego Tidal Creatures - Tide Pools
and the Inter-Tidal Zone at ReefNews
a Rock Pool (Tide Pool) from the
British Marine Life Study Society
- A 'rockpooler' is a naturalist explorer of
the shore. This site gives rockpoolers
information that may help them when visiting
shores of which they are not familiar.
- Not-To-Be-Missed Section:
- 2) Seaside Rockpooler http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/BMLSS/rockpool.htm
Lumpfish to Limpets, Tide-pool Walks Explore an
Amazing World of Curious Creatures by G.
Johnston at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- This article summarizes a hike at a tide
Pool Life and El Niño by B. Wikner
- This site contain an online summary of a
four month investigation into the effect of El
Niño on the San Fransisco peninsula's
coastal tide pools.
Pool from Shedd Aquarium
- Learn about tide pools typical of North
America's Pacific Coast. When a tide pool forms,
many plants and animals usually reside within.
Some animals may temporarily be trapped and
waiting for high tide to free them. Others make
tide pools their permanent home, unwilling or
unable to escape.
- Other Aquarium and Museum Sites:
- 2) Habitats: Rocky Shore http://www.mbayaq.org/efc/efc_hp/hp_rocky.asp
- 3) Tide Pool http://www.channel4000.com/partners/mnzoo/tidepool.html
Wildlife: Tide Pools by B. Garrison,
California Department of Fish and Game
- This brief webpage offers good information,
tips, and safety considerations for exploring
- Related Websites:
- 2) Tide Pools of Cabrillo National Monument
from ReefNews Geography
- 3) Tide Pools at Puget Sound Shorelines
Pillage Pacific Grove's Marine Gardens by
L. Chesky at Cyberwest Magazine
- Read an article about the destructive
poaching of tide pool inhabitants.
- Websites For Teachers
Tidepool Study (Grade 5)
- This four-week unit plan includes language
arts and math activities and covers many life
science topics including ecosystems, adaptation,
life-cycle, food web, and conservation.
& Aquatic Habitats Activities: Tidal
- A goal of this lesson plan is to have
learners gain an understanding and appreciation
of the interdependence of life, the survival
needs of different organisms, and the conditions
in a particular tidal pool area that can affect
by H. Perry (Grades 3-4)
- The general focus of this lesson is to get
learners thinking about the overall effect that
tides have on the earth.
and Intertidal Life
- This lesson introduces students to tides,
the four intertidal zones, and tide pool
the Tide Pool from San Diego Unified School
District's (Grades 1-2)
- This lesson teaches about tide pools, sea
stars, and other tide pool animals.Students use
that information to help them figure out a tide
pool animal characteristic that could help a sea
star to survive in the tide pools.
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