Author: Anthony D. Fredericks
Illustrator: Jennifer DiRubbio
Publisher: Dawn Publications, 2002
Intended Audience: Primary age
Genre / Theme: Non-Fiction Primary, Ocean, Habitat, Tidepool animals
Synopsis: This is a rhyming text with vivid descriptions of life in tidepools, from sea stars, to anemones, to barnacles.
Opening: Here is a coastline with pounding waves, Sea-splashed rocks and hidden caves, With seagulls gliding out of reach And clumps of kelp tossed on the beach. This is where a tidepool lay, Crowded with critters on a summer's day.
Why I Chose This Book: Because my class is just beginning an ocean study and we live on an island on the edge of the Northern Pacific. It's a beautiful book with gorgeous water colours, and the rhymes and poetic language (e.g., shuffle, clusters, surging, splashy, craggy) all make for a fun, informative read. And as a bonus, there are two pages of field notes at the back of the book!
Links to Resources:
The author himself, who used to be an elementary teacher, has put together a list of 50 activities you can do with this book! Click on the pic below for a copy.
The following art projects aren't necessarily all tidepool related, but they're so cool and pretty I thought I'd share them. They can all be found on this pinterest board!
This website has lots of ideas for ocean related art, bulletin boards, songs and poems. She has cornmeal starfish with froot loops for suckers and beautiful jelly fish with ribbons for tentacles.
And look at this gorgeous aquarium you can have your kids to make! Click on the pic for directions.
I could keep going :) cause there is a TON of ocean stuff out there .... but this should get you started. Have fun!