"Goin' Down the Shore"
A Seashore Pathfinder for
New Jersey Elementary School Students (Gr. 3-5)

The NJ Shore - Image From
http://www.multicians.org
Lucy the Elephant - Margate, NJ
From http://www.margaterentals.com

Ocean City, NJ Ferris Wheel
Image From http://www.ronsaari.com


Every year, when the sun shines brightly and the weather gets hot, New Jersey families head for the New Jersey shore. It's an annual tradition!

Did you know that seagulls' feathers change color at different times of the year? Or, did you know that the very first boardwalk in the world was the Atlantic City boardwalk, built in 1870? From Seaside Heights to Atlantic City or Cape May, there is a lot of interesting history and information to be learned about the New Jersey shore. There is also a lot to know about the type of wildlife you'll see at the seashore.

This page will give you lots of information on the Jersey shore by bringing you to helpful websites, databases, and books. You'll learn some cool stuff! When you go "down the shore" with your family, you can tell them a whole bunch of interesting facts - it will make them say, "Wow! How did you know that?"

Get started by clicking here to look at an interactive map of NJ Shore towns - how many have you visited?

Other helpful maps to get you started:

Databases (Includes magazine articles)
Keywords
 

Websites

 

These websites have been carefully chosen to help you learn more about the New Jersey shore. If you would like to look at more information, use the suggested keywords and phrases to search kids' search engines or databases.


General New Jersey Shore Information and Fun Sites for Kids


Seashores & Things to Do at the Seashore


Oceans

  • Oceanography from the US Dept. of Naval Research - Learn about currents, tides, waves, beaches and other habitats, marine animals, ocean water, and ocean regions.

  • All About Oceans from EnchantedLearning.com - Scroll down past the top of the page to view information about the water cycle, and articles about "Why is the Ocean Salty?" "What Causes Waves?" There are Ocean Craft ideas, and you can print out coloring sheets and other activities.

  • Sea and Sky (The Sea) - Sea-Related games and links as well as neat photo galleries of deep sea creatures.

  • The Astounding Atlantic - Facts about the Atlantic Ocean, including information about plants, animals, and shipwrecks. Created by Wisconsin elementary school students.

  • National Geographic Habitats: Oceans and Coasts - Read the introductory article about oceans and browse the great photo gallery.

Places along the Jersey Shore

Atlantic City, NJ

Cape May, NJ

Margate, NJ

Ocean City, NJ

Point Pleasant Beach

  • Point Pleasant Beach - NJ Surfcam - "Live" picture of Point Pleasant Beach updated every 90 seconds! You can also see "archived" pictures if you scroll down the page and click on the archive link.

Wildwood, NJ

  • Wildwood Crest Historical Society - Check out the "Photos" page for historical photos of Wildwood

  • Morey's Piers - article from Wikipedia.org. (Remember, WIKIPEDIA sites are not always the most reliable places to use for information, but this page was great as of 5/30/06). With an exciting boardwalk full of games and rides, Wildwood is a great place for kids!

Primary Source Documents

  • Bathing at Atlantic City (VIDEO) - Type "bathing at Atlantic City" (no quotes) into the search box at the top of the page to view this historic 1901 video from the American Memory site

  • Annual Baby Parade, 1904, Asbury Park, NJ (VIDEO) - Type "annual baby parade" (no quotes) into the search box at the top of the page to view this historic video from the American Memory site

  • Other primary source documents about New Jersey from the American Memory site - search any of these collections by town name, or simply "New Jersey" to find New Jersey-related historical information and documents

Kids' Search Engines / Search Sites

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Books

There are many helpful books about seashores and the New Jersey shore. Books from the Atlantic County, Camden County and Burlington County Public Libraries (all in southern NJ) are listed below. To find more books, you can use suggested keywords and phrases to search the Atlantic County, Camden County and Burlington County Library library catalogs.

NONFICTION 

  Title Library
Location
Call Number
At the Seashore
by Pamela Hickman
Atlantic County Library 574.5 Hic (J)
Seashore Surprises
by Ruth Wyler

Camden Co. Lib.

Burl. Co. Lib.

E592.092 Wyl

E574.9 Wyl
The Ocean Book: Aquarium and Seaside Activities and Ideas for All Ages
by Center for Environmental Education
Burlington County Library 551.46 Oke
Seashore by David Burnie
(DK Eyewitness Boooks)
Camden County Library j508.14 Bur
Look Closer: Shoreline
by Barbara Taylore
Camden Co. Lib.

j578.7699 Tay
Beachcombing : Exploring the Seashore by Jim Arnosky Camden Co. Lib.

Burl. Co. Lib.
E578.7699 Arn

E578.769 Arn
Jersey Shore Uncovered: A Revealing Season on the Beach by Peter Genovese
Though this book was written for adults, there are plenty of great black-and-white and color photos that kids can enjoy too!
Camden Co. Lib.

Burl. Co. Lib.

917.4909 Gen

NJ 917.490946 Gen

Along a Rocky Shore by Judith E. Rinard Atlantic County Library 591.909 (J)
The Beach Patrol
by John O'Brien
Burlington County Library E797.2 O'Brien
New Jersey: From Sea to Shining Sea
by Elizabeth Scholl
Burlington County Library NJ J917.49 Sch
  Seashells of North America
by Tucker Abbott
Burlington County Library J 594 Abb
Hello USA: New Jersey
by Charles Fredeen
Burlington County Library NJ J917.49 Fre
New Jersey: This Land is Your Land by Ann Heinrichs Burlington County Library NJ J917.49 Hei
  The Atlantic Ocean
by Julia Waterlow
Burlington County Library J551.46 Wat
  The Atlantic
edited by Pat Hargreaves
Burlington County Library J910.163 Atl
The Atlantic Ocean by Leighton Taylor Burlington County Library J578.773 Tay
The Atlantic Ocean
by Anne Ylvisaker
Camden County Library E551.4613 Ylv
The Atlantic Ocean
by David Petersen and
Christine Peterson
Camden County Library

J 551.46 Pet

FICTION

Atlantic
by G. Brian Karas
Burlington County Library EF Karas
Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic
by Sarah Masters Buckey
Burlington County Library JF Buckey

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Videos, Images, & Software

VIDEOS:

  • Seashore (VHS), c1996, DK Vision.
    Summary: "A mixture of animation, still photos and live footage serves as a background for a narrated introduction to the geological, biological and cultural history of human beings' involvement with our coast lines."
    Camden County Library - Call # VIDEO j551.457 Sea
    35 min.

  • Seashore Surprises (VHS), c1992, Great Plains National Instructional Television Library.
    Summary: A "Reading Rainbow" video based on the book by Rose Wyler
    Burlington County Library - Call # J VID SER READ
    30 min.

  • Barnegat lighthouse and Barnegat City (VHS), c1999, Down the Shore Publishing.
    Summary: "This film explores the history of Barnegat Lighthouse, the shore's most venerable and beloved landmark, and gives us a glimpse into the evolution of a shore town that has weathered countless storms, devastating erosion, innumberable shipwrecks, and offered itself and its bounty to fishermen, hunters, and vacationers, all under the beam of the Barnegat Lighthouse."
    Burlington County Library - Call # NJ VC 974.948 Bar

  • Exploring Shorelines (VHS), c1998, Missouri Botanical Garden Learning Network.
    Part of the "What's it like where you live?" series
    Summary: The kids learn what causes tides and waves and how the rivers meet the seas. They investigate rocky shores, sandy shores, estuaries, salt marshes, and mud flats. Team Leader Stacey travels to Bald Head Island, a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina. She also visits a beach at night and finds a big loggerhead turtle laying eggs in the sand. Tyler is on location in California and reports on life in tide pools and other rocky shore environments.
    Not available in local libraries (purchase link above).
    23 minutes.

  • Let's Explore a Seashore (VHS), c1994, National Geographic Society.
    Summary: Viewers join Becky and her mother in Maine, searching for clams and exploring the rocky seashore, home to many plants and animals.
    Not available in local libraries (purchase link above).
    16 minutes.

  • The Blue Planet: Seas of Life Collector's Set (4 DVDs), c2002, BBC (with David Attenborough).
    Summary: "Extraordinary footage and eloquent narration by David Attenborough highlight the BBC's remarkable wildlife series The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. "Ocean World" begins with astonishing views of a gigantic blue whale--the elusive Holy Grail of undersea photography--and the marvels continue to demonstrate the power, diversity, and profound ecological influence of Earth's oceans."
    Atlantic County Library, Call # 7Day Blue
    4 discs, 392 minutes total.

IMAGES:

SOFTWARE:

  • The Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean (CD-ROM) (MAC or PC)
    Summary: "The Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean is an interactive science adventure that helps children learn about the wonders of the ocean as they join the Magic School Bus class to explore the seven ocean zones. "

  • The Living Oceans (CD-ROM) (PC only)
    Summary: "Plunge into the fascinating underwater world of active volcanoes, deep-sea peaks, cavernous trenches, and the longest mountain ridges on Earth. Observe how colorful and complex marine species survive and flourish in the deep. With documentary footage, detailed computer graphics, colorful video clips, Web links, and commentary from leading oceanographers, The Living Oceans four CD-ROM deluxe collection is a content-rich, educational resource for the entire family."

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Databases

 

Use the keywords in the next section to search these online databases for more information:

  • GROLIER ONLINE - Type in a search keyword to search all of these books at once: the New Book of Knowledge Encylopedia, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, the New Book of Popular Science, Lands & Peoples and America the Beautiful!

EXAMPLE:

  1. Type in "coasts" into the search box.

  2. Click on the first link - "Coasts" - with this picture next to it:

  3. You can then read the article from "The New Book of Popular Science" about coasts.
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Keywords and Phrases for Searching

Do you need additional information?

Type in any of these words into the search box in the databases, kids' search engines, Burlington County Catalog, or Camden County Library Catalog.

Remember to type slowly - SPELLING IS IMPORTANT!

  • New Jersey
  • Seashore
  • Seashores
  • Seashells
  • Beach
  • Beaches
  • Shorelines
  • Coasts
  • Biomes AND (Oceans OR Seas)
  • Habitats AND (Oceans OR Seas)
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Jersey Shore
  • Oceans
  • Boardwalks
  • New Jersey AND Juvenile
  • New Jersey AND History

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Curriculum Standards and Teacher Tools

New Jersey Curriculum Standards

Science

STANDARD 5.5 (CHARACTERISTICS OF LIFE) ALL STUDENTS WILL GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE STRUCTURE, CHARACTERISTICS, AND BASIC NEEDS OF ORGANISMS AND WILL INVESTIGATE THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE.

STANDARD 5.8 (EARTH SCIENCE) ALL STUDENTS WILL GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE STRUCTURE, DYNAMICS, AND GEOPHYSICAL SYSTEMS OF THE EARTH.

Social Studies

STANDARD 6.4 (UNITED STATES AND NEW JERSEY HISTORY) ALL STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE OF UNITED STATES AND NEW JERSEY HISTORY IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND LIFE AND EVENTS IN THE PAST AND HOW THEY RELATE TO THE PRESENT AND FUTURE.

  • 4th Grade A.4 - 4. Discuss the history of their community, including the origins of its name, groups and individuals who lived there, and access to important places and buildings in the community.

  • 4th Grade B.8 - Discuss the value of the American national heritage including: Diverse folklore and cultural contributions from New Jersey and other regions in the United States; History and values celebrated in American songs, symbols, slogans, and major holidays; Historical preservation of primary documents, buildings, places of memory, and significant artifacts.

STANDARD 6.6 (GEOGRAPHY) ALL STUDENTS WILL APPLY KNOWLEDGE OF SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND OTHER GEOGRAPHIC SKILLS TO UNDERSTAND HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN RELATION TO THE PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT.

  • 4th Grade B.3 - Describe the geography of New Jersey.
  • 4th Grade B.1 - 1. Identify the physical and human characteristics of places and regions in New Jersey and the United States (e.g., landforms, climate, vegetation, housing).

Technological Literacy

STANDARD 8.1 (COMPUTER AND INFORMATION LITERACY ) ALL STUDENTS WILL USE COMPUTER APPLICATIONS TO GATHER AND ORGANIZE INFORMATION AND TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.

  • 4th Grade B.2 - Recognize and practice responsible social and ethical behaviors when using technology, and understand the consequences of inappropriate use including: Internet access, Copyrighted materials, On-line library resources, Personal security and safety issues, Practice appropriate Internet etiquette.

  • 4th Grade B.5 - Recognize the need for accessing and using information.

  • 4th Grade B.6 - Identify and use web browsers, search engines, and directories to obtain information to solve real world problems.

  • 4th Grade B. 7 - Locate specific information by searching a database.

 

Helpful Resources for Teachers

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Credits

 

This pathfinder is based on the pathfinder template provided by the Wenatchee School District at http://home.wsd.wednet.edu/pathfinders/template_pathfinder.htm.

The sources chosen for inclusion in this pathfinder were chosen by typing keywords into and browsing the following sites:

Pages were evaluated according to their age-appropriateness, relevance to the topic, factual accuracy, overall quality of design, and interest level.

Book cover images were largely obtained from www.amazon.com

The border was created using clipart from clipartheaven.com.

 

 
Created in May 2006 by Susan Landis Eley
Graduate Student, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science
for L595, Electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults
Last Updated May 30, 2006