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ACTIVITY: Exploring Shoreline Habitats

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:

The activity below draws from the content in the page Adaptations in the Shoreline Habitat.


Crabs seem to stay close to the edge of the water.


  1. What creatures live on different shorelines?

Guiding Questions:

  1. What makes organisms suited for their specific environments?


Connect creatures with the specific shoreline habitat that they live in. Then create your own creature and see how it does in other shoreline ecosystems.





Activity Questions:



Further Investigations:

Play the interactive game below to further explore which creatures live in different shoreline habitats.

Note: This game requires flash. If you cannot view the entire interactive on your screen, press Ctrl-Minus (-) on a PC and Command-Option-Minus (-) on a Mac to zoom out.

Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.