Once Upon a Seashore:
A Curriculum for Grades K-6

Chapter 9: The Rocky Shore
Provides students with studies that explore the variety of rocky shores. The chapter examines zonation (spray zone, high tide zone, middle tide zone, low tide zone), and how seashore organisms are equipped to survive the living conditions of a rocky shoreline. Children observe seashore animals firsthand, count populations of organisms, map tidal pools, build models of seashores, construct a tide pool mural, and infer how organisms survive life at the seashore during both high tide and low tide.

Chapter 10: The Drama of the Tides
The activities in this chapter demonstrate how creative drama, creative writing, science and art can be integrated into holistic experiences that allow students to enter into the moods, qualities and behavior of living creatures at the seashore. By "becoming" crabs, sea stars, seagulls and plankton at high tide and at low tide, children gain an understanding of basic marine ecology concepts.

Chapter 11: Awareness and Appreciation
Provides children with a variety of sensory awareness experiences at the seashore that increase the ability to see, hear, touch, taste and smell-such as sketching the details of an animal, taking a blind walk, or making a sound map. Many activities are designed to awaken an aesthetic appreciation of the beauty of organisms and the seashore-painting a brilliant sunset, making beach mobiles, sand castles, or collages, writing poetry.

Chapter 12: People and the Sea
In addition to experiencing nature firsthand, children need to experience and understand how humans interact with the sea. A field trip to the harbor front or to a small coastal community is the ideal way for children to explore marine issues firsthand. Most important, children need to be convinced that the ocean, lakes, rivers and forests are worth saving, and they can take an active part to ensure that the planet remains beautiful and rich with plants and animals and resources for future generations

Preview Pages


overview of each chapter
page 12, 13

sample lesson, hermit crabs
page 67, 68, 69

sample lesson, low tide
page 123, 124, 125

sample lesson, high tide
page 126, 127, 128

sample lesson, a trust walk
page 240