Tidepool in the Classroom

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In this activity (page 4 of the pdf), learners build a model of a tide pool, using chicken wire, paper mache, and other craft materials. Then learners work independently, researching what lives in tide pools and creating a model of their chosen creature. Each learner presents his or her model animal to the group, explaining how the animal has adapted for life in the tidepool. The guide also includes two worksheets to guide students through their research and prepare them for their presentations. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Invertebrate field guides
  • Paper mache
  • Chicken wire
  • Large cardboard box
  • Tempera paint
  • Clay
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • Tide pool Animal Handout
  • Any Craft Materials


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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