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Biological Communities
  • Barlowe, Sy, Learning about Whales, 1997
  • Barlowe, Sy, Learning About Shells, 1997
  • Barlowe, Sy, Learning About Sea Animals, 1998
  • Bonforte, Lisa, Sea Animals Coloring Book, 1993
  • D'Attilio, Anthony, Seashore Life Coloring Book, 1973
  • Berger, Melvin, The Mighty Ocean. 1996, (New York: Newbridge Educational Publishing)
  • Green, John, Sea Animals (Stained Glass Coloring Book), 1997
  • Koch, Maryjo, Pond, Lake, River, Sea
    Story books
  • Carle, Eric, A House for Hermit Crab
  • Cole, Joanna, The Magic School bus on the Ocean Floor
  • Gay, Marie-Louise, Stella, Star of the Sea
  • Kipling, Rudyard, The Crab That Played With the Sea
  • McDonald Meger, Is this a House for Hermit Crab?
  • Mitgutsch, Ali, From Sea to Salt
  • Olsen, S., Robadue, D. , and Lee, V., An Interpretive Atlas of Narragansett Bay, Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island Marine Bulletin 40. 1980
  • Parkes, Brenda, At the Beach, 1998, (New York: Newbridge Educational Publishing)
  • Pfister, Marcus, The Rainbow Fish
  • Pfister, Marcus, Rainbow Fish to the Rescue
  • Wildsmith, Brian, Fishes

    Books with Activities for Teachers
  • Sea Searcher's Handbook. Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Aquatic: Project Wild. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Western Regional Environmental Education Council Field Guides
  • Massie, Frederick, The Uncommon Guide to Common Life of Narragansett Bay, 1998
  • Parker, Steve, EyeWitness Books: Seashore.
  • Coulombe, Deborah A., The Seaside Naturalist: A Guide to Study at the Seashore.
  • Meinkoth, Norman A., National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures.
  • Zimm, Donald, Handbook for Beach Strollers from Maine to Cape Hatteras, 1975


Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Fritchey, R., Wetland Riders, New Moon Press, Golden Meadow, Louisiana, 1993
  • Klein-MacPhee, G., Ichthyoplankton Surveys - The Rodney Dangerfield of Fishery Science, Maritimes, Winter 2000, p.10-13
  • McCay, B.J., Oyster Wars and the Public Trust: Property, Law, and Ecology in New Jersey History, The University of Arizona Press, Tuscon, 1998
  • McCay, B J and Acheson, J M, The Question of the Commons: The Culture and Ecology of Communal Resources, The University of Arizona Press, Tuscon, 1996
  • Thurman, H.V., Introductory Oceanography, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 1997
  • Thurman, H.V., Essentials of Oceanography, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 1996
  • Von Brandt, A., Fish Catching Methods of the World, Fishing News Books, Ltd, Farnham, England, 1984
  • Ward, N., Stellwagen Bank: A Guide to the Whales, Sea Birds, and Marine Life of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Down East Books, Camden, Maine, 1995


Watersheds
    Children's Literature
  • Most of these titles are available from school and public libraries http://www.clan.lib.ri.us/clan/webpac.html
  • Arnosky, Jim, Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats. Introduces different wildlife habitats, including wetlands, woodlands, cornfields, and grasslands
  • Cherry, Lynn, A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History. An environmental history of the Nashua River, from its discovery by Indians through the polluting years of the Industrial Revolution to the ambitious cleanup that revitalizes it.
  • Cole, Joanna, Magic School Bus at the Waterworks. Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip to the waterworks where everyone learns about the water purification system.
  • Dorros, Arthur, Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean. Explains how water flows from brooks, to streams, to rivers, over waterfalls, through canyons and dams, to eventually reach the ocean.
  • Ehlert, Lois, Fish Eyes a Book You Can Count On. A counting book depicting the colorful fish a child might see if he turned into a fish.
  • Fleming, Denise, In a Small, Small Pond. A rhyming text describes the seasonal changes in a frog's little pond.
  • Holling, Clancy, Paddle to the Sea. The young Indian boy carves an Indian figure in a small canoe and sends him off on a long, adventurous journey through the Great Lakes to the sea.
  • Jeunese, Gallimard, Fish. Introduces the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of various fish.
  • Lionni, Leo, Fish is Fish. A minnow wants to follow his tadpole friend, who becomes a frog, onto land.
  • Murphy, Bryan, Experiments With Water. Presents simple experiments demonstrating the basic scientific principles of water.
  • Peet, Bill, Wump World. The Wump World is an unspoiled place until huge monsters bring hordes of tiny creatures from the planet Pollutus.
  • Schwartz, David, At the Pond. Examines the life in and around a pond, including bullfrogs, crayfish and snapping turtles.
  • Seuss, Dr., McElligot's Pool. A boy imagines the rare and wonderful fish he might catch in McElligot's Pool.
  • Tresselt, Alvin, Rain Drop Splash. Rain becomes a puddle, then a lake, and grows larger and larger until it reaches the sea.
  • Time-Life, Life in the Water. Questions and answers present information about aquatic animals such as sharks, crabs, fish, frogs and barnacles. Includes an activity section.
  • Wick, Walter, A Drop of Water. Describes the origins, characteristics and uses of water.
  • Yolen, Jane, Letting Swift River Go. Relates Sally Jane's experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.

    Resources for Teachers
  • Cole-Misch, S., Price, L., and Schmidt, D., Sourcebook for Watershed Education
  • Note: The Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (Green) is an interdisciplinary, action-oriented approach to improve education through an international network of people and institutions promoting watershed stewardship and sustainability. Current: The Journal of Marine Education, Watersheds, Volume 17, no.1. 2001,
  • Dobson, Clive, and Beck, G., Watersheds: A Practical Handbook for Healthy Water. Covers a wide range of watershed-related issues in a reader-friendly style with lovely illustrations.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Sea Searcher's Handbook: Activities from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 1996
  • Murdoch, Kath, Ideas for Environmental Education in the Elementary Classroom, 1994
  • National Wildlife Federation, Wading Into Wetlands, Includes activities and crafts to aid the study of wetlands. For elementary to junior high levels.
  • USC Sea Grant Program, Wet and Wild: A Multidisciplinary Marine Education Teacher Guide, grades K-6 , Institute for Marine and Coastal Studies, University of Southern California. Evaluation, Dissemination and Assessment Center, California State University, Los Angeles, [1983-1986], c1983.


History and Culture
  • Rhode Island Historical Society, What a Difference a Bay Makes
  • Hale, Stuart O., Narragansett Bay: A Friend's Perspective
  • Sewall, Marcia, People of the Breaking Day
  • McGovern, Ann, If You Lived in Colonial Times
  • Avi, James, Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams
  • Thompson, Kathleen, Rhode Island
  • Heinrichs, Ann, Rhode Island
  • Fradin, Dennis Brindell, The Rhode Island Colony



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