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Salt Water Revival


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    Lawrence Hall of Science

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Salt Water Revival

In this outdoor activity, learners visit the intertidal zone of a rocky coastal site well populated with marine organisms. During a low tide, when many organisms are not covered by water, learners create "waves" and a false "high tide" to trigger animals into action such as opening up their shells or pushing out feathery food-catching extensions.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Field Trip, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • large milk cartons or similar containers
  • lumps of soft, plasticine clay (about the size of a tennis ball)
  • hand lenses
  • extra clay
  • tide table
  • Use of Tide Table Technique Card (page 5 of PDF)
  • field guide to common intertidal organisms
  • permanent ink marking pens (optional)
  • index cards and pencils (optional)

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Tides
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • The Scientific Worldview
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Nature and Environment
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • All Rights Reserved, The Regents of the University of California, ©1981

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