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Ultimate field trip 3 : wading into marine biology
Goodman, Susan E., 1952-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Physical Description:
46 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
A middle school class from Boston visits Cobscook Bay, Maine, to learn about the marine biology of the Bay's tidal zone.
General Note:
"An ultimate field trip."
Reading Level:
820 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 1.0 29951.
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QH105.M2 G58 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH105.M2 G58 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Imagine a world that is always changing. Within hours, sometimes minutes, it can go from hot to cold or calm to stormy, from being flooded with water to out in the open air. What kinds of creatures could live in such a strange world? How do they deal with such extreme changes?

To answer these questions, a group of middle-school children went to the Bay of Fundy. There, they explored the world just described -- the tidal zone, land covered and uncovered by the ocean as the tide climbs up and down the shore. Wading into cold water, the kids found animals that defended themselves by throwing their internal organs at their enemies. They discovered creatures that cast off injured arms and grew new ones. They tickled sea anemones and played hide-and-seek with seals. After a week of sailing the ocean and tramping through seaweed, these kids came to understand this amazing, hidden world.

This is a fascinating firsthand account of the science of marine biology. As in the other Ultimate Field Trips -- "Bats, Bugs, and Biodiversity: Adventure in the Amzonian Rain Forest" and "Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs: Digging into Southwest Archae

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Children used to hopping aboard the Magic School Bus won't hesitate to tag along when a group of Boston-area middle-schoolers sets out on an actual excursion to study marine wildlife along Maine's Cobscook Bay. In the dialogue-heavy text, Goodman mixes students' wisecracks, observations, and questions with minilectures from adult guides to present quick but specific overviews of what a tidal zone is, and what lives there or offshore. In bright color photographs, Michael J. Doolittle portrays not only close-ups of that wildlife but also the young scientists themselves, clambering over rocks, holding starfish and other finds, taking measurements, and, occasionally, acting up. Like the author's two previous "field trips," Bats, Bugs, and Biodiversity: Adventures in the Amazonian Rain Forest (1995) and Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs: Digging into Southwest Archaeology (1998), this celebrates the pleasures of hands-on, outdoor science with an inviting mix of fact and frolic. Glossary; brief bibliography. --John Peters

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of 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
Further Reading