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

  • Write an imaginary story that describes the adventurous travels of a hermit crab out looking for a new shell. Illustrate your story.
  • Write a newspaper ad, advertising for a house to live in.
  • Draw a cartoon and write a caption about a hermit crab.
  • Write and illustrate a comic book that portrays a hermit crab looking for a home.
Clay Models

Make clay models of hermit crabs, shore crabs, snails, sea stars, sea urchins, sea anemones, seaweeds, and seagulls. Make models of specific species: e.g., Checkered Periwinkle, Wrinkled Whelk, Moon Snail; or Decorator Crab, Hairy Hermit Crab, Kelp Crab, Dungeness Crab, Alaska King Crab. Make a model of the internal anatomy of a marine animal. Make a model of a specific species in its habitat. (The author would like to thank Judy Ashurst and her grade 2-3 students at Willows Elementary for sharing their clay model sea creatures).

Sand Worm





Sea Anemone

Sea Urchin

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