Life in a Tide Pool Created by Mrs. Grady Dedicated to my First Graders at Chester Academy March 2008 next
Life in a Tide Pool Hi! I am Sam and I will be your tour guide! I can’t wait to share some cool facts about my home and friends with you! All you have to do is click on me and I will take you on the next step of our journey together. This is my friend Pointy and he will bring you back if you need him. backnext
backnext This is my home! I am sure that most of you have gone to the beach and have played in the huge waves! Well, my friends and I secretly live in those waves and when the tide goes out, you can see where we dwell. We like the rocky areas where the water is shallow. Below you will see a picture of one of our homes, where we live is called a tide pool. Click on me because I want you to meet some of my friends! HOME SWEET HOME
MY FRIENDS backnext To the right you will see the names of some of my closest friends. Click on their name and I will tell you some cool facts about each of them! When you have met all of my friends click on me! BarnaclesSea Urchin Sea Anemone Rock Crab Sea Stars
Barnacles My friends the barnacles have soft bodies that are covered by hard shells. Their hard shells help protect them. To eat, they wave their legs out of their shells and catch food. They are really good at catching the food as it floats by! backnext This is a picture of a barnacle with his legs out.
Sea Urchins My friends the Sea Urchins are spiny skinned animals. They are sometimes called sea hedgehogs! They have round bodies that are covered with protective spines. Please do not touch them because their spines are super sharp! You walk on human feet and sea urchins walk with tube feet. They have mouths with five teeth under their body. To get food they scrape food off the rocks with their sharp teeth. backnext This is a picture of many purple colored sea urchins!
Sea Anemones My friends the Sea Anemones are sometimes called the flowers of the sea. They look like plants but they are actually meat-eating animals. They can be many different colors and sizes. The Sea Anemones like to stay in one place, usually on a rock or coral. Their mouth is in the center of their body and in order for them to eat they have to wait for the food to swim by. Then they sting it with their tentacles, and then push it into their mouth. Pretty cool huh?! backnext This is a picture of sea anemone with his mouth open!
Rock Crabs My friends the rock crabs crawl across the ocean floor, using their claws to pick up pieces of food. The rock crabs are not picky eaters and they will pretty much eat anything! To eat shellfish, they use their two front claws to crack them open! They also use these strong front claws to protect themselves in an attack. backnext This is a picture of a rock crab resting in a tide pool!
Sea Stars This is me! My official name is Sea Star and my fellow sea star friends are pretty cool too! Most of us have five arms but some of my friends have up to 44 arms! The coolest thing about our arms is that we can grow back any arms that we lose. Pretty cool! We use our arms to get around but also when we want to eat we wrap our arms around our food and squeeze. We eat plants or animals. To help us get around easier we have rows of tubes on the bottom of our arms that help us crawl, attach to things and of course eat. We come in many different colors. We all have flattened bodies and our mouths are underneath our bodies. You might find this interesting that we eat and digest food outside our bodies. Our skin is really rough and leathery and usually has spines. backnext
1. Where I live is called a tide pool. YesYes or NoNo Let’s take a QUIZ!
2. Rock Crabs have 3 front claws that are very strong. Yes Yes or NoNo
3. Barnacles catch food that floats by with their legs. YesYes or NoNo
4. A sea urchin has a mouth with five teeth under its body. YesYes or NoNo
5. Sea stars can grow back ears if they lose one. YesYes or NoNo
6. Sea anemones usually stay in one place waiting for their food. YesYes or NoNo
NICE JOB! Now I would like to talk to you about some ways you can help protect my home when you visit. next
Tips for Protecting my home! When traveling to a tide pool it is important to keep the following ideas in mind: – Tread lightly – That means walk gently and carefully so that you don’t step on sea life. My friends can be easily crushed by crashing waves. – Look only with your EYES- It is very important not to touch me or my friends when you are exploring. You may gently move seaweed to the side if you want a better look but please leave my friends alone. – Collect only memories – Leave everything where you find it. Even the smallest shell will be used for young hermit crabs. – Quietly observe the pool for movement to discover some of my friends that might hide when they are disturbed. backnext
Let’s do some riddles! back Riddle 1 I live in the tide pools. I am the flower of the sea. I look like a flower, but I am an animal. I can not move because I am attached to rocks. Who am I? a.I am a barnacle.I am a barnacle. b.I am algae.I am algae. c.I am a sea anemone.I am a sea anemone.
Let’s do another riddle! back Riddle 2 I live in the tide pool. I have a soft body that is protected by a hard shell. I use my legs to catch food that floats by. Who am I? a.I am a barnacle.I am a barnacle. b.I am algae.I am algae. c.I am a sea anemone.I am a sea anemone.
Let’s do another riddle! back Riddle 3 I live in the tide pool. I can be many different colors. I usually have five arms but I can have up to 44! If I lose an arm, I can grow a new one. Who am I? a.I am a sea gullI am a sea gull b.I am sea urchinI am sea urchin c.I am a sea starI am a sea star
Let’s do another riddle! back Riddle 4 I live in the tide pool. I have a round body with lots of spines. My mouth has five teeth that I use to scrape food off of rocks. I move around on my tube feet. a.I am a sea gullI am a sea gull b.I am sea urchinI am sea urchin c.I am a sea starI am a sea star
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