Ultimate Field Trip 3: Wading into Marine Biology

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Imagine going on a week-long exploration of the Bay of Fundy, off the coast of Maine, to play with the puffins, sun with the seals, and get an up close look at what life is like underwater. One group of middle-school kids actually made the journey ? and this book allows you to join their field trip, without getting slimed by seaweed!
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Overview

Don't think a book can take you on the Ultimate Field Trip? Think again!
Imagine going on a week-long exploration of the Bay of Fundy, off the coast of Maine, to play with the puffins, sun with the seals, and get an up close look at what life is like underwater. One group of middle-school kids actually made the journey — and this book allows you to join their field trip, without getting slimed by seaweed!
A fascinating firsthand account of the science of marine biology, this photographic expedition sheds new light on the amazing hidden world under the water. Come along for seven days of sailing, sea creatures, and science that you'll never forget.

A middle school class from Boston visits Cobscook Bay, Maine, to learn about the marine biology of the Bay's tidal zone.

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Join the fascinating field trip of a group of middle school kids to Cobscook Bay, Maine. The kids learn about life in the tidal zones in a direct hands-on fashion. Marine life experts provide guidance and explanations while encouraging the kids to think, explore and come to conclusions. It was an experience that these kids will always remember and Doolittle's photographs show the fun and the science. Perhaps a few of these kids will even become marine scientists. A glossary, and list of further readings complete the book.
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A fun book about a group of middle school students who do a week-long investigation of the Bay of Fundy in Maine. My children loved the pictures of the coast and sea life, plus the descriptions of the kids being attacked by mosquitoes, covered with starfish, and pinched by crabs. The author does a great job of making the reader feel a part of the investigations. Interviews give the book a great kid's eye view of the ocean, and photos really add to the text. Especially good is the picture of two girls isolated on a rock surrounded by ocean, and on the opposite page, the entire group lined up by the same rock and the entire beach is uncovered by the low tide. Funny pictures with crabs, seaweed, and the like keep the book from being too dry. The book is organized by activities outlined in the table of contents. Throughout the book the author teaches and uses a variety of scientific terms which are reinforced in a glossary. Included are a list of references, including a few fiction titles that have marine biology as their theme. Part of the "Ultimate Field Trip" series. 2000, Aladdin Books, $6.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: J. Cook SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8A description of a weeklong excursion made by a group of Boston middle school students to the Bay of Fundy in Maine. The narrative alternates between their conversations, which reflect their exuberant reactions to everything from mud to kelp, and their teachers explanations of the tidal-zone habitat. Full-color photographs glisten with crisp details of the plants and animals of these North Atlantic tide pools, as well as with images of the youngsters as they explore and learn. To illustrate the rapid rise of the tide, one photograph shows one of the girls with her feet on dry land, while another shows her in the same place 45 minutes later, with the water practically up to her waist. In a way, this is like a trip with Ms. Frizzle for older kids. Nevertheless, there are some insensitive ethnic remarks. One of the boys is wearing two pairs of socks for warmth and remarks that his feet are so smooshed that he feels like one of those old Chinese women. Later in the text, the nightly onslaught of mosquitoes is described, If bugs were people, this place would be China. Its unfortunate that the book is marred by these lapses, as the explanations and photographs of the plant and animal life in a place with some of the most extreme tides in the world are well done.Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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In a third travelogue chronicling a middle school field trip, Goodman and Doolittle (Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs, 1998, etc.) observe students on a week-long visit to Cobscook Bay, Maine. Each short chapter represents a day in the life of a field classroom—from a close examination of tide pools to whale-watching on the open sea. The middle schoolers consider conditions of an environment reputed to have the highest tides in the world, pondering questions such as how a barnacle clings to rock or whether mussels stick together for protection. The students count creatures, measure the slope of the beach, test water; they turn into detectives, scanning tide pools for hermit crabs, dog whelks, purple sponge, and young lobster. They witness "salmon Olympics," spy cormorants and puffins through binoculars, and pause to study the hard-to-catch rock eel. Their easy banter threads through much of the text, which addresses their questions on, for example, the moon's gravity as the cause of tides, and the air bladders used by seaweed to float. Anyone who has curiously peered into a tidepool will appreciate this peek at blood star and anemone, arctic tern and harbor seal, along with the kid's-eye view of the bay. (glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689819636
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Ultimate Field Trip Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Life in the Tidal Zone

Meeting the Tidal Residents

Analyzing Raccoon Beach

Life in a Tide Pool

On the Open Sea

And Other Neat Stuff

Out with the Tide

Glossary

Further Reading

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