A Nice Neighborhood

 

"I want to collect all the Pocket Pets!"  

                                       Student quote

Take your class on a field trip to the beach by bringing beach rocks to your classroom. Watch as students excitedly search the samples for signs of the species that once lived in them. Students collect seven POCKETPets and learn about animals in the intertidal zone.

Watch Class Movie

Class Movie

teacher Prep

Lab Prep Movie

Lab Assistant 

Lab sheet & activites

Lab Activity

Lab Materials:

- Koa - "Holes in the Rocks"

- 1 Maggie Magnifying Glass per child

Running the Lab Activity: 

1. Give each student a rock and a Maggie Magnifier and let them search their sample for evidence of animal homes.  

2. As they discover the critter homes they can cut out and color the corresponding species' POCKETPet cards.

 

(Give students 30 to 40 minutes of observation time to observe, share, and exchange multiple rock samples.)

Sample Identification Key 

Display on Whiteboard During Lab

Find all these little guys on your rocks!

Lacy

Lacy Crust Bryozoan

Dustee

Feather Duster

Tube Worm Home

Dexi

Dexiospira Tube Worm Home

Piddock Clam

Piddy

Mason

Sand Mason Tube Worm Home

Dodi

Dodecacaria Home

Scaly

Scaly Tube Snail Home

Barni

Barnacle Home

Students observe animal homes in ocean rocks with Maggie Magnifying glass and compare the diversity of animals in the tide pool habitat.  

NGSS 2-LS4-1

 

In Class Movie

*Extra Activity* Keep the excitement going!  

Art and Language Arts

POCKETPet Field Pocket Book

Acedemic Activity

Watch your students get motivated to learn science with POCKETPets

Simply staple 3 sandwich bags together to make a POCKETBook 

2nd graders go bonkers for POCKETPets!  Watch your class engage this language arts writing assignment on a POCKETBook with excitement as they create science journal entries about the animal homes they found on their lab rocks. Bringing this fun activity to your classroom will build motor skills, writing skills, and harbor creative expression. 

Additional activity

Pocket Book Activity Illustrations

Cut, Color, Paste

Pocket Book Materials:

- 3 brown paper sandwich bags per student

- Print one "Book Activity Illustration" per student

Pocket Book Activity: 

1. Give each student a stapled Pocket Booklet.  

2. Allow students to write a field journal entry for 4 or 5 Pocket Pets. They can record their observations and learnings or lab experience .

3.  Color and decorate an illustration for each journal entry page.

4. Keep POCKETPet Cards in PocketBook Pages.