Sea Soup Zooplankton Teacher Guide

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Sea Soup Zooplankton Teacher Guide


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ISBN: 978-0-88448-209-3 Category:

Notable Books for Children, 2000

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, 2002
—Children’s Book Council/NSTA

2001 Honor Book
—Society of School Librarians International

“The invisible world that underlies our living ocean, admirably elucidated.”

“Lights, camera, action, this book has it all. Here we get to see the world of the ocean, which would normally be invisible to us. But with the excellent photography of Bill Curtsinger the ocean lights up for the reader, and the text is so full of action that the book is actually a page-turner. If we begin this book knowing nothing about zooplankton, and not very interested, we end it by being a fan of the author and the photographer, with a new interest in the ocean and its ecology.”

“Curtsinger’s often extraordinary color photos allow readers to envision the often microscopically small creatures delineated in the text, while Cerullo invites them to meet the fastest animal in the world and to discover how zooplankton can turn a submarine “invisible.” This is a fascinating look at a watery zoo of creatures whose ecological importance is far beyond the measure of their size.”
—School Library Journal

“. . . the color photos are eye-catching and the text’s question-and-answer format provides a clear and logical organization.”
—Horn Book

“Bill Curtsinger’s beautiful photos and the strong graphic design of the pages make this an inviting book for even young elementary students. The text is informative and engaging, often in a question and answer format, and appropriate for third grade and older.”
—Connect Magazine

“The highlight of the volume is its excellent photography with supporting captions that provide a fascinating introduction for students who are likely to have had little previous exposure to this aspect of biology. The book is not intended to be complete; rather, it seeks to stimulate interest by emphasizing how different these creatures are from terrestrial ones that will be more familiar to young readers.”
—Science Books and Films

“This book is literally filled with excellent photos of seldom-seen animals. . . . In addition to a wealth of information on natural history and the biology of zooplankton, this book contains interesting information about how zooplankton affect humans.”
—The American Biology Teacher Magazine

Sea Soup: Zooplankton

A teaspoon of sea water can hold a soupy serving of a million phytoplankton and zooplankton! Invisible to the naked eye, the tiny floating plants called phytoplankton are the source of our atmosphere, our climate, our ocean food chain, much of our oil supply, and more. They’re also food for zooplankton, tiny animals that often look like weird life forms from outer space. What is the fastest animal in the world? Can tiny zooplankton dive as deep as a whale can? Are there zooplankton you don’t want to bump into? How can zooplankton make a submarine disappear? Mary Cerullo’s text answers intriguing questions about these tiny animals, while Bill Curtsinger’s extraordinary photomicroscopy serves up tantalizing images of this “sea soup.” Many of the photos for these books were taken at Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science and the Darling Marine Center, using an Axiophot 2 research microscope donated by Carl Zeiss, Inc. (The companion volume, Sea Soup: Phytoplankton, is out of print.)

Mary Cerullo decided at thirteen that she ought to become an oceanographer. Although her career has always centered around the ocean, she discovered that she preferred exploring many different topics, which led her to teach and write about the ocean instead. She has written fourteen nonfiction books for children on ocean life, including City Fish, Country Fish, Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster, Dolphins: What They Can Teach Us, The Octopus: Phantom of the Sea, Reading the Environment: Children’s Literature in the Science Classroom, Coral Reef: A City That Never Sleeps, Lobsters: Gangsters of the Sea, Sharks: Challengers of the Deep, and The Ocean Detectives. She lives in North Yarmouth, Maine. Her website is

Bill Curtsinger’s photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Extreme Nature, Wake of the Whale, The Pine Barrens, Monk Seal Hideaway, National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Outside, Natural History, and Smithsonian. Bill lives in Port Townsend, Washington. For more about

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