Three habitats that thrive along the ocean coasts are intertidal zones, estuaries, and coral reefs. All have very unique properties and are important in maintaining the balance of life on sea and land. In this lesson, students will study these ecosystems in depth. Students will go on 360 field trips to each ecosystem, observing the physical characteristics of each area and the various types of animal and plant life abundant there as well. Students will manipulate IFX examples of aquatic life found in each habitat. Discussions will include unique adaptations found in each organism.
Animals used for estuary: sea otter, salmon, eel, duck, jellyfish, pike, seaweed, oyster shell Animals used for coral reef: starfish, coral, sponges, blue shark, clown fish, angel fish, octopus Animals used for tidal zones: several mollusks, snail, seaweed, starfish, sponges 360 tidal pool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cm8f53qFXs Grandpa's Coral Reef https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVaYEnZUNHI