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TIDEPOOL lesson resources


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V. Ortega, Library and MacLab Coordinator 11/2010
                               Lesson Standards
Grade 6 Science California Content Standards
Standard Set 5: Ecology (Life Sciences)
5. Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the
    environment. As a basis for understanding this concept:
   a. Students know energy entering ecosystems as sunlight is transferred by producers into
    chemical energy through photosynthesis and then from organism to organism through food webs.
   c. Students know populations of organisms can be categorized by the functions they serve in an
   e. Students know the number and types of organisms an ecosystem can support depends on the
    resources available and on abiotic factors, such as quantities of light and water, a range of
    temperatures and soil composition.

California Standards and Guidelines for Strong School Libraries [California School
    Library Association. Sacramento. 2004.]
Standards for School Library Media Teachers
Collaborative Teacher, Standard 4: The Library Media Teacher collaborates with other teachers to
    teach information literacy,
Instructional Partner, Standard 5: The Library Media Teacher collaborates with other teachers to
    integrate the best uses of information and communication technologies into curriculum and
             Tidepool Lesson Concepts and Objectives

Key Concept
   This lesson identifies the biotic and abiotic components found in a tidepool ecosystem.

    Students will be able to describe what a tidepool is.
    Students will know what biotic and abiotic components make up a tidepool.
Key Concept
    The unique appearance of plants and animals in the tidepool are a direct result of their adaptations for
    survival in a harsh environment.

    Students will be able to recognize adaptations for survival in a tidepool.
    Students will be able to classify invertebrates found in a tidepool by observing their appearance and
Key Concept
    Tidepools are facing new challenges from unexpected sources, including humans and pollution.

    Students will know one "good tidepooling rule."
    Students will understand that California State Parks and other agencies are taking an active role in helping
    to preserve tidepool ecosystems.
                    Technology and Video Conferencing
                  Tidepool Lesson Concept and Objectives
Key Concept
   The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.
   Students will use digital resources (Macbooks) to access information.
   Students understand that note taking is a tool for information processing (remembering,
   comparing, analyzing and sequencing).
   Students will be able to select relevant information during the research process.

Key Concept
The student who contributes positively to the learning community is information literate and
    practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology

    Students understand the reasons and methods for citing sources.
Students follow school requirements regarding responsible use of information and communication

Key Concept
   The student who is introduced to new communication technologies (Video Conferencing)
   contributes collaboratively in the pursuit and generation of knowledge and information.
   Students extend the research process by participating in the Crystal Cove Tidepool Ecology Video
   Conference (the culminating event of instruction).
                          Lesson Resources
                             and Credits

                                  Tidepool Ecology
Lessons, worksheets, power points, movies are adapted from:
PORTS (Parks Online Resource for Teachers and Students) California State Parks
    Over three miles of beachfront borders the western edge of Crystal Cove
   State Park. On certain areas of the beach where the ocean meets the
   rocky shore you can find an amazing ecosystem full of life. This ecosystem
   is called the intertidal zone, or tidepools. At low tide this world is exposed.

   The tidepool lesson will prepare students to take a virtual field trip via
   videoconference technology to Crystal Cove State Park. Park Rangers will
   be live at the ocean's edge and will talk directly to students about the
   constant struggle that plants and animals in the tidepool face every day.
                           Lesson Resources
                              and Credits

Online resources adapted from:

                    ThinkQuest Library (Oracle Education Foundation)

   Life on the Rocky Shore is about ocean tidepools. There are many fun activities for
   students to explore on the ThinkQuest (Tidepools) web site. One of the interactive
   activities give students the opportunity to identify tidepool animals (Tidepool
   Taxonomy) by phylum, characteristics, similar species and tide level.

   When you think that you can identify tidepool animals, try these interactives:
   “Tidepool Challenge”
    or “What Am I?”

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