Lowcountry Animals and their Habitats

The purpose of this Pathfinder

The Purpose is to allow the student to self-search and explore safe, reliable and approved resources to gather information on the unit about animals and their habitats.  This fulfills the AASL standard foundation of CURATE – to make meaning for oneself and others by collecting, organizing, and sharing resources of personal relevance, for both the learner and for my part. Additionally, it allows the learners to ENGAGE within the Think domain by (1) responsibly applying, (2) understanding its ethical use, and (3) evaluating information for accuracy, which I have also provided to the learners.

The Lowcountry Animals and Their Habitats pathfinder link is:

Teacher Resources and the book list is at:

Recommended keywords and search terms to use:


Animal and Habitat terms

Bear (black bear)
Bottlenose dolphin
Crab (blue crab)
Deer (whitetail deer)
Duck (wood duck)
Insects (Carolina mantid)
Salamander (spotted salamander)
Shark (whale shark)
Spider (Carolina wolf spider)
Sea turtle (Loggerhead sea turtle)
Whale (Right whale)
Wild Turkey
Marsh Tacky Horse

Lowcountry predators
Lowcountry animal habitats
Salt marsh
Pluff mud
Sea turtle conservation


Print Resources

All print resources are available in the media center or may be borrowed from another district media center.

Books, Fiction

  1.  E BAL. Crabbing: a lowcountry family tradition.  Balsley, Tilda (2016). A story about boys who learn from their grandfather about the tradition of catching crabs from a saltwater creek.
  2. E CAI Little Turtle and the Song of the Sea. Cain, Sheridan (2000). Use poetry to cheer Little Turtle on his perilous journey to the sea.
  3. E CLI.  Clinton, Chelsea (2019). Don’t let them disappear: 12 endangered species across the globe. How we can help the beautiful animals that share our planet.
  4. E DAV. Davies, Nicola (2005).  One tiny turtle. Beautiful rhyming story about the sea turtle’s journey.
  5. E PIR Turtle Bay. Pirotta, Saviour (1997).  Jiro-Tan learns about the secrets of his turtle friends as he waits for them to make their way to the beach.
  6. E SAL El caracol de la tortuga. Salzmann, Mary (200). The sea turtle Mariana and her siblings have an adventure on their first trip to the ocean.

  Books, Non-fiction  

  1. 1.372.35 PRE. Animal habitats!: learning about North American animals & plants through art, science & creative play.  Press, Judy (2005).  You will learn that a habitat is a home and who can live there.
  2. 2.571.8 EVA. Tadpole to frog: animals grow up.  Evens, Shira (2018).  Learn how frogs grow and change and where they live.
  3. 3.577. MIC. Nature’s Patchwork quilt: understanding habitats. Miche, M. (2012). Earth’s habitats are spread out over the earth like a big patchwork quilt!
  4. 4.577.63 MES. Over and under the pond. Messner, Kate (2017). A secret underwater world is brought to life!
  5. 5.577.69 KUR.  A day in the salt marsh by Kurtz, K. (2007). Spend a day in the salt mash and see who lives there.
  6. 6.577.68 LIO.  A home in the swamp. Lion, David C. (2007). What creatures live in the swamp?  Let’s find out!
  7. 7.577.68 HEO. Do you really want to visit a wetland? Heos, Bridget, (2015). A child visits the Florida Everglades and sees many animals.  Map included.
  8. 8.577.68 MIL. Life in Freshwater Marshes. Miller, Mirella (2015). The freshwater marsh biome and the different types of plants, animals, and food chains within.
  9. 9.578.73 LIN In the woods. Lindeen, Mary (2016). Take a walk in the woods to see all the many interesting plants and animals that live there.

  10. 590 v.7 AMA. Amazing animals of the world 3: Brown-Salamander, Spotted.      (Volume 07), (2006). Explore an encyclopedia to learn about the spotted salamander.

  1. 11.591.56 ALO.  Underground habitats.  Aloian, Molly (2007). Let’s learn what animals live underground!
  2. 12.591.7 STO. Sand, leaf, or coral reef : a book about animal habitats.  Stockland, Patricia M. (2005). Learn how many animals can adapt to their changing habitats!
  1. 13.591.76 BRE. Baby animals of the wetlands. Bredeson, Carmen (2011). Learn how baby animals live in our swampy wetlands.
  2. 14.595.3 DOU.  Crab. Douglas, Lloyd G. (2005). Some really cool facts about crabs and how they live.
  3. 15.595.4 GLE Wolf spiders.  Gleisner, Jenna Lee (2019). Where do wolf spiders live and what does a wolf spider look like?
  4. 16.595.7 COO. Praying mantises.  Cooper, Jason (2006).  Learn about one of the coolest insects ever that live right in your back yard!      
  5. 17.597.3 CAR. Gigantic whale sharks. Carrington, S. (2018).  These sharks are really, really big and have 3,000 teeth!  Get this book to learn more!
  6. 18.597.3 PAL. Whale sharks.  Palmer, Sarah (1989). Is this the biggest shark of all?  Read all about them!
  7. 19.597.3 ARN. Fly Guy presents: sharks. Arnold, Tedd (2013). Fly Guy and Buzz are on a field trip to the aquarium!  What happens when they meet the sharks?
  8. 597.92 MAR.  Turtles. Marsh, Laura F. (2016).  Learn about where turtles live.
  9. 597.92. RAT. Carolina’s story: sea turtles get sick, too. Rathmell, Donna (2007).
  10. See how Carolina was treated for the flu and returned to the sea.
  11. 23.597.92 BAR. Ten reasons to love a turtle. Barr, K. (2017). Learn what you can do to keep sea turtles safe in their environment.
  12. 597.92 GLE. Sea Turtles circle. Gleichauf, P. (2019). Fascinating facts about sea turtles in rhyme.
  13. 25.597.928 MAR. National Geographic Readers: Sea turtles. Marsh, L. (2011). Did you know sea turtles have their own internal GPS?  Learn more here!
  14. 26.597.928 GIB. Sea turtles. Gibbons, G. (1995).  Is the sea turtle descended from dinosaurs?  How long do they live?  Let’s find out!
  15. 27.597.98 BLA.  Alligators. Black, Vanessa (2017). Alligators live right here in Beaufort!  Let’s learn more about them.
  16. 28.598.3 HAL. Herons. Hall, Margaret (2004). What herons live here?  What is their habitat?  How big do they get?
  17. 29.598.4 SAV. Duck. Savage, Stephen (2009). All about the mallard duck and where they live.
  18. 30.598.4 LOO A duck in a tree.  Loomis, Jennifer A. (1996). Imagine a duck that lives in a tree!  We have wood ducks here in Beaufort!
  19. 31.599.2 GRE.  Opossums.  Green, Emily K. (2011). Find out why the opossum is a very important creature, and special, too.
  20. 32.599.5 BLA. Whales & dolphins. Blake, Carly (2015). Learn the differences and similarities of whales and dolphins.                   
  21. 33.599.5 GEN. Right whales.  Gentle, Victor (2001). The right whale is the South Carolina state migratory marine animal. Does that mean they always stay right here off the coast in Beaufort?
  22. 34.598.6 MAG. Wild turkeys. Magby, Meryl (2014). Wild turkeys are really cool!  Learn more about the South Carolina state game bird.
  23. 35.599.65 SCH. Deer. Schaefer, Lola M. (2004). Why do we see so many deer?  Learn how their habitat is changing.
  24. 36.599.7 RAN. Bobcats.  Ran Randall, Henry (2011). Did you know the most bobcats in South Carolina live right here on the coastal plain?
  25. 37.599.78 BOR. Black bears. Borgert-Spaniol, Megan (2015). Black bears used to live in the mountains, but now they are coming to the Lowcountry.    
  26. 38.598.9. EAG. Eagles.  Zoobooks (2007). Have you seen an eagle?  Learn how they live from this book.
  27. SPANISH 598.9 MAC.  Golden eagles. Macken, JoAnn Early (2006). Some golden eagles have moved from out West to South Carolina.  Read how they adapt to new habitats.

Books, Teacher Resource

  1. 577 KIN.  Examining Backyard Habitats. King, Z., (2009). This is a good book to reference when teaching children how many animals can coexist with humans.
  2. 577 BAT.  Habitats. Bath, J.C., & Mayberry, S.C. (1994).
  3. 3.577.6 MOO.  Habitat: oceans and ponds.Moore, J. E., & Evans, J. (1986).
  4. 4.578.76 LAU. The South Carolina Aquarium guide to aquatic habitats of South Carolina. Laurie, P., & Chamberlain, D. (2003). This book fosters appreciation for South Carolina's waterways and teaches the beauty of our wetlands.
  5. 5.577.27 ORM.  Habitat destruction. Orme, Helen (2009). Animals around the world are losing their natural habitats due to environmental changes from industrialization. What can to preserve these endangered animal homes and save Earths wildlife?

Magazines and Journals

  1. 52 ways to protect the planet. National Geographic Kids. (April, 2018). 
  2. Turtle tale.  Ranger Rick Jr Magazine. (June-July 2017). 

Technology resources/equipment

  1. Ladibug 125 document camera – to allow for books to be read by me but with words and pages prominent for children to read along.
  2. Boxlight ProColor Interactive Flat Panel Display (smartboard)
  3. PCs
  4. Teacher laptop
  5. Printer
  6. Colored pencils
  7. Sea turtle board game, dice, figures


Online Databases 
Databases accessed from SC DISCUS (

Britannica School Elementary (2019).  Animal Kingdom. Retrieved from (Subscription database).

  • Go to SC Discus App on your iPad
  • Click on ‘By Grade Level’ and ‘Early Childhood & Elementary’
  • Click on ‘Animal Kingdom’ under “Elementary school’
  • Type your animal in the search box by ‘Britannica School Elementary’
  • Find your animal! (2019).  SC State Animals.  Retrieved from (Subscription database).

Allows students to pick their animals by habitat.

  • Go to SC Discus App on your iPad
  • Click on ‘By Grade Level’ and ‘Early Childhood & Elementary’
  • Click on ‘StudySC under “Elementary school’
  • Click on ‘Grade Levels’ and ‘Elementary’
  • Click on ‘Animals & Plants’
  • Click a link under ‘State Animals’, ‘Animals’ or ‘Specific Animals’ and click on it – explore the site and choose your animal!

Credo Discovery Kids (n.d.) DK Eyewitness Books. Retrieved from

            Online books to browse for information on animals, habitats, and conservation.

  Differentiation resources include:

  1. Encyclopædia Britannica. Britannica escolar. (2019). Retrieved from  Differentiation resource in Spanish.
  2. E SAL El caracol de la tortuga. Salzmann, Mary (200). Level: K-3.
  3. SPANISH 598.9 MAC.  Golden eagles. Macken, JoAnn Early (2006). K-3. Series: Animals that live in the mountains = Animales de las montañas
  1. Closed captioning on video resources.
  2. Ladibug 125 document camera for full audio/visual reading experience.

Online Educational Web Resources

These resources listed below will be linked on the “Lowcountry Animals and their Habitats” pathfinder page located at for ease of student access.  I chose to put my pathfinder page on the school website under Media Center specifically so students can access the page anywhere, any time as long as they have a device that accesses the internet.  This fulfills the ALA/AASL/CAEP School Librarian

Preparation Standards (2019) Standard 5:  5.3 Advocacy standards for community outreach. (page 14).


  1. Davies, N. (n.d.). One tiny turtle read aloud. Retrieved from  (9:41).  The book we read together.  Students can read it again from its online source.
  2. San Diego Zoo (October 6, 2017). San Diego Zoo Kids - Sea Turtle Rescue. Retrieved from (3:05).  All about the SC Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Hospital.
  3. All Things Animal TV (March 31, 2014). Sea turtles: Animals for kids. Retrieved from (1:42).  Sea turtles in simple words.
  4. Public Broadcasting System (October 17, 2019). How baby sea turtles find their way home.  Retrieved from (6:31).  Great story about sea turtles as well as their conservation.
  1. South Carolina ETV Commission (2019). Exhibit Allows Visitors to Care for Sea Turtles: Palmetto Scene.  Retrieved from  (3:11).  Great video about the SC Aquarium Sea Turtle Rehabilitation program.

  2. South Carolina ETV Commission (2019). Loggerhead Turtle: Environmental Minutes. Retrieved from  (1:00).  Short clip about the sea turtle.  
  3. Sea Word/Busch Gardens (n.d.).  All about sea turtles. (4:00)
  4. Nat Geo Kids (March 28, 2018). Turtle time/what Sam sees. Retrieved from  (7:15).  About sea turtle rehabilitation
  5. Nat Geo Wild (December 30, 2010). Baby turtle swimming frenzy. Retrieved from  (3:51).  Baby sea turtles hatch and make their perilous way to the sea. 
  6. South Carolina Aquarium (August 8, 2016).  SC Aquarium's sea turtle hospital. Retrieved from  (3:47). What the students will get to see when they visit the SC Aquarium!
  7. TED-Ed (July 23, 2012).  The Survival of the Sea Turtle.Retrieved from  Life cycle of the sea turtle.
  8. Natural World Facts (August 5, 2016). Facts About the Sea Turtle (3:58).  Kid narrator, excellent info.
  9. SC Living (n.d.).  Where sea turtles go to heal. Retrieved from . About the SC Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital; shares environmental tips for stewardship.


  1. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (2019). Sea science: Sea turtles.  Retrieved from  The different types of sea turtles living off the SC coast.
  1., LLC (2019). SC State Reptile – Loggerhead Turtle. Retrieved from What is the S.C. state reptile?  What you can do to help save them?

Streaming Video

  1. South Carolina ETV Commission: StreamlineSC  (2019). Retrieved from  The streaming video site will pull up the same information as accessed on the website
  2. South Carolina ETV Commission: -  (2019).  SC life.  Retrieved from  The easiest way to access the site is:
  • Explore the site and find your habitat!

Additional resources for teachers to explore and share with students if useful:

The ETV site can also be searched under Subject, typing in ‘habitat’ (will pull up Environments & Habitats) or by selecting under ‘Subject’ Science/ Life Science/ Environments & Habitat

This will pull up the same information. The Knowitall site has some great habitat resources which allow you pick links that meet standards for grade levels starting under Science > Life Science/Environments & Habitats/, stating, “There are distinct environment and habitats that support different types of plants and animals”. 

From the KnowItAll site, teachers may wish to select media below that corresponds to South Carolina Science Standards:

  1. Ace Basin/27:50. Retrieved from  (6:15)
  2. Aquarium: Eye Wonder. Retrieved from (7:42)
  3. Beware of the Invaders/Environmental Ed. Retrieved from (4:50)
  4. Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Stop 6 – The Ditch. Retrieved from  (1:39)  alligator
  5. Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Stop 7 - Alligator, Springflyer Dragonfly, and Hardwood Forest. Retrieved from  (4:03)refuge-stop-7-alligators-springflyer-dragonfly-and-hardwood-forest
  6. Carolina’s Story, Sea Turtles Get Sick, Too website (n.d.). Retrieved from  Information about the book.  A portion of the royalties go to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program at the South Carolina Aquarium.
  7. National Geographic. (July 11, 2014).  Crowd cheers as sea turtles return to the sea. Retrieved from  (5:29). Volunteers help sea turtles survive.
  8. South Carolina Aquarium. (n.d.). The South Carolina Aquarium sea turtle care center. Retrieved from  (9:47). Life cycle of the sea turtle, best for older students.

Unique Materials

Teachers may wish to contact local volunteer and conservation groups:

SCIway lists local volunteer groups for Sea Turtle conservation  and lists coastal environmental conservation groups.  These groups would be pleased to visit the classroom to give a presentation on conserving our natural resources for safe habitats for both ourselves and our animals.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (n.d.). Sea Turtle Conservation Game Board. Retrieved from

Links for the Live Binder “Lowcountry Animals and their Habitats” are:


  1. Britannica Digital Learning (2019).  Alligator. Retrieved from
  2. Britannica Digital Learning (2019).  Bobcat. Retrieved from
  3. Britannica Digital Learning (2019).  Dolphin. Retrieved from
  4. Britannica Digital Learning (2019).  Frog. Retrieved from
  5. Britannica Digital Learning (2019).  Opossum. Retrieved from
  6. Britannica Digital Learning (2019).  Salamander. Retrieved from
  7. Britannica Digital Learning (2019).  Sand. Retrieved from
  8. Britannica Digital Learning (2019).  Swamp. Retrieved from
  9. Britannica Digital Learning (2019).  Whale shark. Retrieved from
  10. Insect identification for the Casual observer (August 23, 2019). Carolina mantis. Retrieved from
  11. Insect identification for the Casual observer (August 23, 2019). Eastern tiger swallowtail.
  12. National Geographic Kids (2019). Explore nature habitats: Desert.  Retrieved from
  13. National Geographic Kids (2019). Explore nature habitats: Forest.  Retrieved from
  14. National Geographic Kids (2019). Explore nature habitats: Grassland.  Retrieved from
  15. National Geographic Kids (2019). Explore nature habitats: Mountains.  Retrieved from
  16. National Geographic Kids (2019). Explore nature habitats: Ocean.  Retrieved from
  17. National Geographic Kids (2019). Explore nature habitats: Rain Forest.  Retrieved from
  18. South Carolina ETV Commission (2019). Old-growth forests. Retrieved from
  19. South Carolina ETV Commission (20190. Salt flat. Retrieved from
  20. South Carolina Stare House (2019). SC state animals: Cool facts. Retrieved from:


  1. All Things Animal TV (n.d.).  A Magical Day With a Right Whale. Retrieved from (2:09)
  2. Animal Planet (n.d.). Nature’s perfect predators: Praying mantis.  Retrieved from (3:34)
  3. Carolina Marsh Tacky Association (2017) Marsh Tacky.  Retrieved from (2:11)
  4. GeoBeats (9n.d.).  Wild Turkeys. Retrieved from (4:27)
  5. National Geographic (April 03, 2013). Tiny ducklings leap from tree. Retrieved from (2:11)
  6. National Geographic (August 29, 2007). Whale shark.  Retrieved from .(2:11)
  7. South Carolina ETV Commission (2019). Bald eagle: Nature notes with Rudy Manke. Retrieved from (3:01)
  8. South Carolina ETV Commission (20190. Bull’s Island ghost beach. Retrieved from (5:09)
  9. South Carolina ETV Commission (20190. Bull’s Island sandy soil trees. Retrieved from (2:49)
  10. South Carolina ETV Commission (2019). Congaree Swamp: Eastern mud turtle. Retrieved from (1:47)
  11. South Carolina ETV Commission (20190. Ditch. Retrieved from (1:39)
  12. South Carolina ETV Commission (20190. Dolphin Conservation. Retrieved from (2:00)
  13. South Carolina ETV Commission (20190. Jocassee Gorges. Retrieved from (3:05)
  14. ZooMT (2019). Animal Bites with Jeff the nature guy: Wolf spider. Retrieved from (1:10)