A House for Hermit Crab
LiteraSEA Program


A House for Hermit Crab

The House for Hermit Crab program is part of our LiteraSEA series at the Ocean Institute.  The LiteraSEA series examines the links between science and literature, with specific focus on separating fact and fiction.

This program is based on the book A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, which illustrates the year-long journey of a growing hermit crab traveling across the ocean floor where he meets friendly ocean creatures along the way.

Step One: Read A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

If you have the book you can read it at home. If not, please read along with us below.


Step Two: Complete the Comprehension Questions

Let’s work together to make sure your student understood the key points of our story. You can read the questions aloud to your student.

A House for Hermit Crab Comprehension Questions

Step Three: Making a Hermit Crab

Make a Hermit Crab of your own and have to try out different environments in your house and backyard.

Make a Hermit Crab

Step Four: Supplemental Activities

Enjoy these supplemental activities to reinforce the LiteraSEA in this lesson.

Crazy About Crabs

Could you imagine carrying your house with you everywhere you went?  The hermit crab wears a shell upon its back to protect itself.  Only its face, legs and claws stick out!  If the hermit crab is scared, it can pull its body into its shell and hide.  When the hermit crab gets bigger, it has to find a bigger shell.  Many empty shells in the tidepools and on the beaches become homes for hermit crabs

Crazy about Crabs