Adaptations to the Rocky Seashore:

Waves & Tides


Rocky Seashore.Design Plan.doc

Overview of plans using template from Understanding By Design



This PowerPoint file introduces students to the difficulties faced by organisms on the Rocky Seashore and their adaptations.



Spend the first week building vocabulary before starting the research.

 mare.word bank.JPG

rocky seashore words.docx 

Word bank for Rocky Seashore writing


 rocky seashore glossary.docx

Students record and illustrate the meanings of each of the topics they will encounter doing their reseach


 word map_pool.docx

Oval above for superordinate group (body of water), lines to side for characteristics (no waves, small), ovals below for examples (tidal, swimming, whirl).  Draw lines to each example telling characteristics.


 word map_spine.docx

Oval above for superordinate group (part of things), lines to side for characteristics (spike, back), ovals below for examples (book, plant, animal, backbone), Draw lines to each example telling characteristics.


 rocky definitions.docx

rocky seashore ww words.docx

Students are divided into 2 groups.  One group gets cards with word and the other gets cards with words and definitions.  Students must find their partners and discuss their words.

Vocabulary Resources  Each pair of students completes the Word Study Record Sheet.  Each pair will share their work with the class and explain the meaning of their word.


 MARE feature analysis chart.docx

After students have read some information about the organism they have selected to research, the class discusses and completes this worksheet on the special features of each organism.


Research Project Do the vocabulary activities before starting the research. Students complete the worksheets about what they know and what they want to know about their organisms.  The organisms they can choose from are hermit crab, seastar, sea anemone, and sea urchins.  Books from the library, printouts from Enchanted Learning, and websites are available for research.
 Rocky ss. organism.docx

Start with this activity to help focus the other activities.  Give students a brief description of each of these organisms.  Students select one to draw.  That is the organism that the student will conduct research about.




Students record prior knowledge of their organism.



Students generate questions to guide their inquiries.


Print this worksheet and cut into quarters.  Have these available for students to record their learning. After students read selections about their organisms, they record one or two sentences about that organism on worksheet.  Student must decide which category the information fits into and circle it at the top of the paper.

These pages are used for the individual student reports.  The student opens the paper, corrects the footer to have their name, the topic, then types in their report by the star.



The first assessment focuses on the general features of a tidepool.


This assessment focuses on the organisms in the tidepool.