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Learn all about tide pools with our free Pagoo notebook printables.

Have you ever seen a tide pool? While visiting the Pacific Northwest, I spent a lot of time observing all the little creatures and happenings in some tide pools on the beach. Fascinating. That’s what Holling C. Holling’s book, Pagoo, is all about:

An intricate study of tide pool life is presented in text and pictures through the story of Pagoo, a hermit crab.

Pagoo Notebook Topics

As you read through Pagoo, your student will be required to complete research in order to complete the notebook pages.

If your student is younger, you can use this as an opportunity to teach research skills.

This Pagoo study is based on the book by Holling C. Holling. It includes a huge variety of science (and other!) topics for your student to explore.

  • Salt Water
  • Tides
  • Tide Pools
  • Ocean Animals
  • Hermit Crabs
  • Life Cycle of a Hermit Crab
  • Food Chains
  • Oceans and Seas of the World
  • Snail Life Cycle
  • Parts of a Snail Shell
  • Parts of a Clam
  • Animal Classification
  • Birds
  • Camouflage
  • Oxygen
  • Habitats
  • Metaphors
  • Landforms
  • Drawing
  • Copywork
  • And more!

Pagoo Notebook Directions

This Pagoo study includes directions for your student for each chapter in the book.

Here is a sample for the first chapter.

Chapter 1: Pagoo Might Be a Hermit Crab

1. Research and record the early stages of the life of a hermit crab, when first hatched.
2. Record Old Pal’s directives.
3. Research food chains, from a diatom to pagurus to whale.
4. Research What Makes Ocean Water Salty?
5. Record metaphors: seawater compared to soup, ocean compared to kettle of food, seaweed compared to salad, plankton compared to fairy ornaments, and the movement of plankton compared to ballet.
6. Research Tide Pool Flora: Diatoms
7. Research Tide Pool Fauna: Spiny Lobster, Jelly Fish, Crabs, Baby Squid, Baby Shrimp
8. What does the word plankton mean? What is plankton?

Remember, your student doesn’t have to every single thing for each chapter. You can pick and choose.

Pagoo Notebook Pages

The Pagoo notebook study includes a huge variety of notebook pages to use with the research prompts. Here is a sample of what is included for Chapter 1:

  • What’s on the Menu? Tide Pool Food Chains
  • What Makes Ocean Water Salty?
  • Diatoms Notebook Page
  • Animal Report Form
  • Plankton Notebook Page

How to Get Started with Your Pagoo Notebook Study

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Pagoo Notebook:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Pagoo by Holling C. Holling, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Print the Pagoo lesson instructions.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the notebook pages you want to use with your student. Buy a binder so your student can three-hole punch the pages and add them as they are finished.
  5. Enjoy learning about hermit crabs, tidal pools, and more.

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If you have a younger student along for the read-aloud ride, check out this A House for Hermit Crab Unit Study based on the book by Eric Carle.

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