1. This program begins by looking at the coastline near the SeaLife center while discussing what tides are.
2. We then discuss the levels of the tide zone, and what adaptations animals would need to survive in these zones.
3. We then closely examine the living invertebrates in our touch tank, using their behavior and physical adaptations to determine which tidal zones they might be found in.
4. Students complete a sticker worksheet that puts intertidal animals in their appropriate tidal habitat.
5. We conclude with time for questions and answers while watching our touch tank animals.
Students will be able to:
• Recognize and compare/contrast common tidepool animals.
• Describe tidepool animal defenses and behaviors.
• Understand that the intertidal zone is a challenging habitat to live in, and specific adaptations allow animals to survive in different levels of the intertidal zone.
The following National Academic Standards will be addressed through this program.
-The characteristics of organisms
-Life cycles of organisms
-Organisms and environments
Earth and space science
-Properties of earth materials
Science and technology
-Abilities of technological design
-Understanding about science and technology
-Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans