Studying Seashores, Ponds, and Streams

starfishChildren love water—splashing in it, fishing in it, catching all kinds of creatures in it. No science study is complete without visits to ponds, streams, and the seashore.

Study of ponds and streams and seashores is best done in the late spring, summer, and early fall, except in temperate climates.

Resources for Studying Seashores, Ponds, and Streams

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0486403815″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”78″]A World in a Drop of Water. A drop of pond water is crowded with living things that can only be seen with a hand lens or microscope. This book could be used as the lab to a microbiology course, because it takes the reader step by step through observing the most common microscopic creatures found in pond water.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0679729828″ locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”” width=”110″]Audubon Field Guides. We love these field guides and have an assortment of them in both editions—the First Guides for younger children which are a combination study guide/field guide with the most beautifully photographed and laid out pages of any other resource we’ve seen; the Pocket Guides for elementary ages which are filled with beautiful colored photographs and descriptions of common shells and seashore creatures a child is likely to see; and the BIG, comprehensive field guides. Pocket Guide to Familiar Seashells — Pocket Guide to Familiar Seashore Creatures — Field Guide to North American Seashells — Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures — First Field Guide to Shells)

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0756658306″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”85″]Eyewitness Pond & River. A colorful and interesting look at different plants and animals that are found in ponds and streams. For upper elementaries.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0395924960″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”71″]The Edge of the Sea Rachel Carson’s classic book about different coastline habitats—the Rocky Shore, the Rim of Sand, and the Coral Coast—has no equal. It is a delight to read and provokes a desire for further study of the sea. Mentions evolution. Middle school and up.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0671765035″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”125″]Seaside Naturalist: A Guide to Study at the Seashore by Deborah Coulombe. This book is unique in that it blends all the best features of a field guide with the concepts of a marine biology text in a fascinating way. It begins with an introduction to the ocean, then covers each of the major groups of seaside plants and animals from plankton to manatees. A great, great book! For parents to use with all ages or junior high up to use on their own.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”006273718X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”121″]The Marine Biology Coloring Book, Second Edition. A huge (over 200 pages), detailed book that could be the core of a high school level course in marine biology.

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