Rocky Shore Curriculum

An Educator’s Resource

About Rocky Shore Curriculum

The Rocky Shore Marine Science Curriculum: An Ecosystem Unit for Elementary Educators is a free and valuable resource. This science unit is a 7-week, 24-lesson classroom curriculum aligned to both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Ocean Literacy Principles. Comprised of inquiry-based lessons, cross-curricular connections, projects, assessments and more, this unit explores in detail the complex ecosystem of the rocky shore, its diverse inhabitants, and the importance of marine conservation. 

This free science resource designed specifically for third, fourth, and fifth grade educators was created by the 2016 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical recipient, Thom Smith.  The creation of this resource was a collaborative effort, developed with the assistance of Seacoast Science Center, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension/New Hampshire Sea Grant, Hobblebush Design, illustrator Adam Kelley, and New England Aquarium.

Teachers can utilize the Rocky Shore Marine Science Curriculum in their classrooms for engaging and meaningful pre- and post-Seacoast Science Center visit enrichment. Seacoast Science Center’s education staff will work with teachers to suggest appropriate lessons for framing SSC programs, supporting, and deepening class visits to the seashore. Please contact Kate Leavitt at for more information.  

Congratulations to Thom Smith, recipient of the New England Aquarium’s 2018 Ocean Stewardship Honorable Mention Award for the Rocky Shore Marine Science Curriculum: An Ecosystem Unit for Elementary Educators!

We’d love your feedback!

Please tell us about your experience using the curriculum, provide suggestions, or send a review to Your input will be a valuable resource for updates and future educational materials. 

Seacoast Science Center will be CLOSED today: Friday, April 5, 2024. Our utilities are currently down and need to get repaired before we are able to open for visitors. Thank you for your understanding. 

CLOSED today.

Seacoast Science Center is closed today due to inclement weather.