Curriculum Materials


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Exploring the Seashore in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon:
A Guide to Shorebirds and Intertidal Plants and Animals

Length: 240 pages - Published: 1978 - ISBN: 0-919574-25-4
Audience: ages 12 and up
Price: Out of Print

Easy to use, this field guide enables anyone--from beginner to expert--to identify our seashore creatures. On what kind of beach? In what kind of zone? What's that? Kelp or Sea Lettuce? What's that Bird? A black Oyster catcher on the wing? But this field guide is concerned with why, as well as with what. Why do some creatures live on the mud flats while others live on the sand? Why do some animal live in tidal pools high on a rocky shore, while others live in tidal pools low on the shore? Why do they eat what they eat, behave as they behave, and protect themselves the way they do? Observation, understanding, and appreciation do lead, finally, to conservation. Besides a glossary of illustrated terms, this book contain: 9 maps, 24 black and white photographs, 94 full-color photographs, and 285 line drawings. Over 65,000 copies sold makes this field guide a Canadian Best Seller. *OUT OF STOCK*

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Once Upon a Seashore: A Curriculum for Grades K-6
Length: 304 pages - Published: 2001 - ISBN: 0-9687811-0-1
Price: CDN $32.95 / USD $29.95

A comprehensive illustrated curriculum that uses the seashore as a source of inspiration for integrating the subject areas; art, creative writing, drama, music, science, mathematics and social studies. This curriculum is concerned with teaching children basic ecology concepts: organism, tidal cycle, habitat, predator-prey, food chains, life cycles, loss of habitat, and above all conservation. Chapters include The Rocky Shore, The Sandy Beach, Plankton Soup, The Drama of the Tides, Awareness and Appreciation, and People and the Sea. This resource guide has been designed for use by teachers located in close proximity to the seashore, as well as by inland teachers who are not able to take their children to the seashore. Lessons includes key concepts, learning outcomes, background information, teaching procedures, and evaluative techniques. Teachers are given suggestions for planning and organizing field trips as well as learning cycles for a day at the seashore. All of the activities have been field tested by BC teachers. Contains an illustrated glossary, 20 activity sheets, and 42 black and white line drawings that can be made into transparencies. The Clue Cards (below) have been designed for use with this resource guide.

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Ocean Animal Clue Cards
Length: 72 cards - Published: 2000
Audience: grades K and up
Price: CDN $21.95 a set - 25% discount for 6 sets: CDN $98.78
USD $19.95 a set - 25% discount for 6 sets: USD $89.78

Students will enjoy trying to discover the mystery plants and animals from the 72 educational clue cards. Each card includes an illustration of the organism on the front side and questions on the backside which provide clues to the identity of the organism. In five clues or less students guess the answers to these mind-stretching quiz cards. The fewer clues they need, the more points they score. Describes our common crabs, barnacles, sea stars, snails, anemones, urchins, clams, fish, shore birds, seaweeds and more. The cards can be used to play 12 different games that lead students into a deeper understanding of the marine environment. The animals and clues are introduced by the Who Am I Game? After the players have gained a familiarity with the clues and the organisms, you can reinforce and extend their understanding of predator-prey, food chains and classification through the additional games. Although designed for school use with Once Upon a Seashore, youth groups, nature camps and families will all find the Clue Cards a rich source of information about the natural history of Pacific Coast organisms. Hours of educational fun! Includes a box for storage.

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Beach Explorations: A Curriculum for Grades 5-10
Length: 288 pages - Published: 1999 - ISBN: 1-881826-18-X
Price: CDN $31.95 / USD $28.95

This resource guide enables any teacher--beginner to expert--to help students understand basic seashore ecology. How is a surf-swept sandy beach different from a protected sandy beach? How is a mud flat different from a salt marsh or an estuary? This resource book is concerned with teaching students basic marine ecology concepts: habitat, tidal cycle, predator and prey, microscopic plankton, life cycles, food relationships, limiting factors, adaptation, succession, zonation, and above all, conservation. Students develop basic inquiry skills, including how to collect and identify plankton, use microscopes, conduct beach transects, measure tidal changes, map tidal pools, conduct zonation and succession studies, keep a field notebook, and much more. Besides a glossary of illustrated terms, this resource book contains 39 blackline masters for making transparencies and 15 student worksheets.

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Pacific Coast Information Cards
Length: 86 cards - Published 1999
Audience: grades 5 to 10, and adults
Price: CDN $19.95 a set - 25% discount for 6 sets: CDN $89.78
USD $17.95 a set- 25% discount for 6 sets: USD $80.78

A set of 86 illustrated cards designed for use with the Exploring Beaches curriculum. Each of the cards includes an illustration and information on the organism's Phylum, Range, Type of Habitat, Food Relationships, Commercial Value, and Population Status. (For group use with the entire class order five sets and get one set free).

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High Tide, Low Tide: A Children's Colouring, Story and Activity Book
Length: 44 pages - Published: 2005
Audience: ages 5 and up
40% discount on Class Sets of 20 or more copies
Price: CDN $11.95 / USD $11.95

High Tide, Low Tide is an accurate coloring story book that gives children of all ages a chance to explore the rocky shore at High Tide and Low Tide. The story describes how the animals move, gather their food, protect themselves from predators, and behave at high tide and at low tide. Included are 39 carefully researched and rendered drawings: barnacles, mussels, snails, sea stars, hermit crabs, shore crabs, tidepool sculpins, sea anemones, sea urchins octopuses, seaweeds and shorebirds. More than a coloring books, the story and thinking activities enable parents and teachers to help children understand basic seashore relationships: tidal cycle, predator-prey, habitat, plankton, scavenger, how animals protect themselves from predators, from drying out at low tide, and keep from being battered to death by waves. This coloring and activity book offers hours of educational fun.
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