The Tide Pools activity set includes so much material that I have broken it into two separate study units. The first unit, Tide Pools, includes the educational content, in the form of an anchor activity and two supporting books, all three linked to a menu grid.
The second unit, Tide Pools Writing And Review, includes the tests and writing activities, again linked to a menu grid. While exploring, students might have both the anchor activity and a journal open simultaneously, writing as they go.
Exploring Tide Pools
The anchor activity Exploring Tide Pools should be approached in multiple sessions. I’ve tried to come as close as possible to the real life experience by setting up a structure that students can wander through in any order, finding exciting discoveries along the way.
The activity first takes students down cliffs to the beach and into a marine preserve. Then they go out onto rocks exposed at low tide.
From this main branch point they can choose to explore an area with many small tide pools or go further out toward a large rookery covered with sea birds. Both these points have five destinations with various tide pool animals, plants, and birds to study.
On some pages there are buttons to let students look closer at an animal, or get additional information. Movies and sound effects add a layer of reality to the experience.
Tide Pools Glossary
A glossary can be opened from any page to hear the definition of unfamiliar words. A copy of this glossary with the same words is used to insert words in the writing activities.
Two supporting books focus on the major types of tide pool life the students encounter. No Bones About It! looks at the invertebrates in detail, with close up photos of animals such as the sea hare, sea anemones, crabs, sea stars, and sea urchins.
Shore Birds points out the different feeding strategies of many types of sea birds including willets, curlews, godwits, pelicans and cormorants.
Tests and Writing Activities
There are multiple choice comprehension tests for all three books. A directed writing activity, Tide Pools Review, uses photos from Exploring Tide Pools and a question about each photo to help students describe their experiences in their own words.
Tide Pools Journal is a free-form writing experience. Students can insert photos from Exploring Tide Pools in the order that they choose, and record their observations to produce a unique account of their exploration. The glossary is available to insert words into both these writing activities.
For students who need more assistance in writing, Write About Tide Pools offers a chance to construct sentences by inserting entire words related to the tide pools. Students insert the pictures and names of the various tide pools plants and animals, and can pick from lists of action words and location words to build sentences.
You can download puzzles made from three of the photos used in Tide Pools, and there are also online versions of these puzzles. Downloaded puzzles come in Classroom Suite and HyperStudio 5 formats, plus a set of printable puzzles in PDF format. The PDF puzzles are meant to be printed, mounted on a backing, and cut apart for off-computer use.
The HyperStudio puzzles have draggable pieces to assemble on screen. The Classroom Suite puzzles are cause and effect, and let students choose the nine pieces in any order to remove them and reveal parts of the puzzle. They have custom IntelliKeys overlays attached, and a Dynavox version of this overlay is included in the Dynavox zip file on this page.The online puzzles are hosted on JigsawPlanet.com, so they do take a few minutes to load. Look for links to each puzzle type with the other downloads for Printable (PDF), Classroom Suite, HyperStudio 5, and in the Online Links-Activities section.
Off Computer And Bonus
In addition to these computer activities, there is a set of vocabulary cards to print, a flow chart showing all the possible exploration points in the tide pools, and a large photo collection including all the photos from the books and many more.
Detailed overviews for each application format direct teachers in using the activity sets. There are also test answer keys and a summary of all the plants and animals in the activities.
Also look in the Online links-Activities section below for a link to the Orange County Parks web site. At the bottom of the home page for this site under Education Tools are two free downloads, a Fun Facts slide show in PDF format and a Tidepools Curriculum.
Specific Application Notes
The above description applies to the full activity set as it appears in Classroom Suite®, Clicker 5,® and HyperStudio 5®. These include movies and sound effects.
The Classroom Suite versions have custom IntelliKeys® overlays attached. See the Special Needs Access section on the System Reqs page for information on controlling the Classroom Suite version from PRC devices. Refer to the HyperStudio is Back! page for information about downloading players to run the HyperStudio versions of these activities.
There is a link on this page to an online version of all three books, complete with movies and sounds. You’ll need to have QuickTime® installed to see movies in the online version. For details, check out the Annie’s Books Online page.
There is a straight-line version of Exploring Tide Pools and the two supporting books (No Bones About It! and Shore Birds) in My Own Bookshelf®, with coordinating tests in Test Me Score Me®.
The PowerPoint® versions hopefully will retain the movies and sound effects. I’m experimenting with a new way to export into this format, and would appreciate feedback as to whether you were able to see the movies.
There are also PDF versions of the books to print or use onscreen, which can be paired with tests and writing activities in Word® format. Those using the PowerPoint, Annie’s Books Online, or My Own Bookshelf versions could also use these tests and writing activities.
Applications needed:: Classroom Suite, Clicker 5, HyperStudio 5, My Own Bookshelf, Test Me Score Me, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Acrobat Reader
Subject area: Science, Reading, Writing.
Desktop version of Tidepools link: tidePoolsDesktop Three TidePools books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.
Online Curlew Puzzle link: Click Here . Description: Puzzle made from photo of curlew from Shore Birds hosted on the Jigsaw Planet web site. Give this a little time to load. For details on using Annie’s Puzzles Online, click here.
Online Sea Star Puzzle link: Click Here . Description: Puzzle made from photo of sea star from No Bones About It! hosted on the Jigsaw Planet web site. Give this a little time to load. For details on using Annie’s Puzzles Online, click here.
Online Puzzle The Tide Turns link: Click Here . Description: Puzzle made from photo of beach at turn of tide from Tide Pools hosted on the Jigsaw Planet web site. Give this a little time to load. For details on using Annie’s Puzzles Online, click here.
Note: Unfortunately, the online puzzles no longer work on Mac OSX 10.5 or earlier, as of May 2012, because of a security risk in the Java plug-in that is required to run them.
Orange County Marine Protected Areas site link: Click Here. Description: Orange County Parks site about tidepools with nice video and two education downloads at the foot of the page.
TidePoolsPDF.zip (20.9 MB) Zip file includes three books (Exploring Tide Pools, No Bones About It! and Shore Birds) to print or use onscreen. No movies. Acrobat Reader.
TidePoolsUnitPrintPuzzles.zip (3.8 MB) Zip file includes three puzzles to print and complete for off-computer use. Puzzle images include a curlew, a sea star, and a view of the beach with the tide coming in, all from the tide Pools books. Instructions included. Acrobat Reader.
WritingReviewWordDOC.zip (54.3 MB) Zip file includes three comprehension tests plus the Tide Pools Journal and Tide Pools Review writing activities to print. MicroSoft Word 2003 (.doc).
WritingReviewWordDOCX.zip (54.3 MB) Zip file includes three comprehension tests plus the Tide Pools Journal and Tide Pools Review writing activities to print. MicroSoft Word 2007 (.docx).
TidePoolsClickMac.zip (60.4 MB) Three interactive books (Exploring Tide Pools, No Bones About It!, Shore Birds) plus a menu grid in Clicker 5 MAC. Has QuickTime movies.
TidePoolsWritingClickMac.zip (30.0 MB) Three comprehension tests and three writing activities (Write About Tide Pools, Tide Pools Review, Tide Pools Journal) plus a menu grid in Clicker 5 MAC.
TidePoolsClickWin.zip (60.4 MB) Three interactive books (Exploring Tide Pools, No Bones About It!, Shore Birds) plus a menu grid in Clicker WIN. Has AVI (Indeo compression) movies.
TidePoolsWritingClickWin.zip (30.0 MB) Three comprehension tests and three writing activities (Write About Tide Pools, Tide Pools Review, Tide Pools Journal) plus a menu grid in Clicker WIN.
TidePoolsBooksSuite.zip (91.4 MB) Three interactive books (Exploring Tide Pools, No Bones About It!, Shore Birds) in Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlays are attached.
TidePoolsReviewSuite.zip (FILE 48 MB) Three comprehension tests and three writing activities (Write About Tide Pools, Tide Pools Review, Tide Pools Journal) for Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlays are attached.
TidePoolsPuzzlesSuite.zip 8.9 MB) Three puzzles using images from the Tide Pools books (Exploring Tide Pools, No Bones About It!, Shore Birds) in Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlays are attached.
TidePoolsDynavox.zip (8.1 MB) IntelliKeys overlays for three Tide Pools books, three tests, three puzzles, and three writing activities saved as Dynavox package files.
TidePoolsStacks.zip (83.8 MB) Three interactive books (Exploring Tide Pools, No Bones About It!, Shore Birds) linked to a launcher stack in HyperStudio 5
TidePoolsWriting-ReviewHS.zip (26.0 MB) Three comprehension tests and two writing activities (Tide Pools Review and Tide Pools Journal) for HyperStudio 5.
TidePoolsPuzzlesHS.zip (3.4 MB) Three puzzles with draggable pieces for HyperStudio 5. Images of curlew, sea star, and turn of the tide from the tide Pools books.
MBSExploringTidePools.zip (35.9 MB) Folder with Exploring Tide Pools book and movies to import into My Own Bookshelf.
MBSNoBonesAboutIt.zip (8.6 MB) Folder with No Bones About It! book to import into My Own Bookshelf.
MBSShoreBirds.zip (16.9 MB) Folder with Shore Birds book and movies to import into My Own Bookshelf.
TMSMExploreTidePoolsComp.zip (21.8 MB) Test on Exploring Tide Pools book using photos and 3 text answers. Requires Test Me Score Me.
TMSMNoBonesComp.zip (15.1 MB) Test on No Bones About It! book using photos and 3 text answers. Requires Test Me Score Me.
TMSMShoreBirdsComp.zip (15.4 MB) Test on Shore Birds book using photos and 3 text answers. Requires Test Me Score Me.
TidePoolsBooksPPT.zip (72.7 MB) Three interactive books (Exploring Tide Pools, No Bones About It!, Shore Birds) saved as both .ppt and as .pptx files. Movies in the same folder; install as a unit. PowerPoint 2003 or later.
TidePoolsVocabCards.pdf (1 MB) Vocabulary cards, three to a page, with photos paired with words from Tide Pools. Printable. Acrobat Reader.
TidePoolsDocuments.zip (1.2 MB) Overviews and lesson plans by application, test keys, flow chart, vocabulary list, and list of life forms encountered in the tide pools.