Another damp day outside didn’t stop the fun at Creation and Learning Station today. Thanks to the enthusiastic staff and students for inviting us in to share some amazing sea animals. Students asked great questions, and especially enjoyed the little green crabs, and the soft and slippery moon snails. And everyone held or patted the horseshoe crab sporting some pretty fancy limpets. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to spend the morning with you!
The best time to search for sea animals at the tidal flats is, of course, at low tide, when the ocean’s water is shallow and has slipped away from the shore. However, if you wait for a spring tide, when the Moon is either full or new, the low tide will be extremely low, uncovering even more of the sandy bottom than at other low tides. This is because during spring tides, the Moon and the Sun line up with the Earth, causing their gravitational pull on the ocean’s water to be extremely strong. (The name spring tides has nothing to do with the Spring season, even though the name might indicate that it does.) The worst time to look for sea animals on the tidal flats is during neap tides, when the Moon is quartered, and the Sun and Moon are at right angles to each other. With the Sun and Moon being perpendicular to each other, their gravitational pulls cancel each other out, and the tides are weak.
Thanks to Barbara Brady and her wonderful staff for inviting us to the Golden Rule Nursery School today. The children were really attentive, and remembered lots of fun facts about the sea animals they were watching and holding. It’s much more fun to have the sea come to your school when it’s cool and rainy outside, than to take your class to the sea! Thanks for a great day!
In April, Sally MacLaughlin’s second grade class in Lincoln, Maine was busy studying the ocean biome. They read the book, “The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab” as part of this unit, and watched the two videos from the janicepetrie.com website. The second graders enjoyed all three, and were surprised that the horseshoe crab’s closest relatives are scorpions and spiders. The book was also used as the focus point of their classroom bulletin board. Because Lincoln isn’t a coastal community, Sally used a molted horseshoe crab shell to teach students about horseshoe crabs. This ocean unit culminates with their spring concert, that has an ocean theme as well.
Hello and a big “thank you” to the Learning & Fun All in One Preschool in Amesbury. We had a fun day yesterday, spent with a wonderful staff and some very enthusiastic preschoolers. They had a lot of fun holding and touching the sea animals, and I’m sure they learned a lot about each animal, too. It was a great day. Thanks for inviting us in.
The great Spring weather has given us a chance to do some early collections of sea animals. Horseshoe crabs came swimming right up to us. Periwinkles and oysters are everywhere! Sand dollars and moon snails are popping up in the sand like it’s summertime. We are really excited about the great animals we have to bring to schools! Can’t wait to get started. If you’d like to meet and learn about some of the tidal flat animals from The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab book, send us an email. We are beginning to book programs starting today. Can’t wait to hear from you!