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Pier At The End Of The World, The


Pier At The End Of The World, The



A CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

Correlations to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core ELA.


With lyrical writing and outstanding underwater photogra- phy, this picture book follows a day in the life of the deni- zens lurking in the cold, tide-swept waters beneath a remote pier on the shore of a northern sea. A wolf fish munching a sea urchin, a hermit crab switching shells, a sea slug arming itself with stinging cells stolen from an anemone, a starfish thrusting its stomach through its mouth to digest its prey, exotic basket stars straining the water for food, a 35-pound hundred-year-old lobster guarding his domain, and other creatures take us from dawn to darkness. Panoramic paint- ings show the bigger picture, including the eyes of nighttime predators and the creatures who are missing the following morning. An appendix of macro-photos shows the tiny ani- mals that are critical to the food web.


A great read aloud can be found here:



Applicable DCI and Performance Indicators

2—LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans: 2-LS4-1, diversity of life

3—LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience: 3-LS4-3, survival in habitat

4—LS1.A: Structure and Function: 4-LS1-1, body structures support survival; LS1.D: Information Processing: 4-LS1-2, receipt of and response to information

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