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Essential Questions: 

What is a tide pool?
How are the four tide pool zones different and how are they the same?
What is the difference between tropical tide pools and temperate tide pools?
How do tide pool creatures adapt to their environment?
What adaptations do tide pool creatures have to survive?
What is a 'food chain' and how can it be disrupted?
How can people protect the tide pools?


The part of the seashore that the tides cover and uncover is called the intertidal zone.
The low intertidal zone is always full of ocean water. The mid intertidal zone is under water except during low tides. The high intertidal zone is only under water at high tide. The spray zone gets wet at high tide but is not under water. Each tide pool zone supports different kinds of life.
Oregon's tide pools are in the temperate zone, where the water is cold, so different life is found there than in a warm tropical tide pool.
Tide pool creatures have body parts that are suited for the tide pool zones they live in.
There is a web of life, or a food chain, in the tide pools, which benefits all the life found there. Different creatures eat each other in the food chain, so if one creature becomes extinct, the whole food chain is affected.
People can protect the tide pool zones by staying away from them.

Skills and Processes: 

Watch videos about the temperate tide pool zones.
Create a mural showing the tide pool zones and what creatures survive in each zone.
Do activities and play games to learn about different types of animals found in the tide pools and how the food chain works in each tide pool zone.
Use books and the Internet to research the life of a tide pool creature. Write a report.
Create a diorama of your tide pool creature in its natural habitat.
Go to the Oregon Aquarium and the Hatfield Research Center to learn more about tide pools.
Visit the Yaquina Head tide pools.
Participate in a beach clean-up.


One-on-one observation of tide-pool research strategies.
Completed museum project, consisting of a report and a diorama of a tide pool creature.


Games and activity materials.
Art supplies.
Oregon Aquarium
Hatfield Research Center
Yaquina Head Tide Pool Protected Area
Whale Cove beach

Multicultural Dimension: 

Study of the diversity of life in a tide pool.
Learn how animals co-exist in the same environment.
Understand a food chain.