Rock Pool Habitats
Finding out about a rock pool habitat
Lesson length: 1 session
Lesson from Grandma Bird series
- Wider learning opportunities: Science: animals and their habitats
When he is alone on the beach, Noi spends his time amusing himself by playing imaginative games and exploring rock pools. If you live near the sea or can take a trip as part of broader learning in science, this book can be linked to a study of rock pool habitats.
- See website for great rock pool lessons (resources below)
Begin by inviting the children to revisit Grandma Bird and make a list of all the creatures they see. For example:
- sea anemone
- sea urchin
Invite the children to share what they have found most interesting about studying rock pools.This lesson could lead to writing about sea creatures.
crab, limpet, sea anemone, seaweed, shell, starfish, whelk, sea urchin, tide, rock pool
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A First Book of the Sea
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RSPB The First Book of the Seashore
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Learning Rooms: Rock Pools lesson plan
This lesson plan is based on using the Dr Forsey Outdoor Education Pond Dipping Kit – but you can use your own materials if this is not available.
The equipment found in the pond dipping kit can also be used to explore rock pools and discover the plants and animals living along a rocky shore. This lesson plan will how you how. The rock pool activity can be carried out by a class of school children lead by a teacher. It is suitable for use by primary pupils.
Bite size: Rock Pools
A look at how the creatures that live in a rockpool survive. The presenter begins by talking about the tide. With the help of an expert, Marcus, they explore rockpool life and how the sea anemone and seaweed anchor themselves to rocks for stability. Finally, they look at how a crab protects itself and how it can re-grow a leg or claw if it loses one.