Beach Erosion Teacher Resources
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Exploring Beach Erosion in the Great Lakes
Fourth graders conduct an experiment. In this beach erosion lesson, 4th graders define erosion, brainstorm ways to stop erosion, view pictures and video clips of erosion, and complete an experiment that models the process of erosion.
Erosion: On the Move...Defending the Coast Against Wave Attack
Learners study how people have tried to save beaches from wave erosion. They examine what has occurred to Cape Hatteras as a result of beach erosion and the efforts to reduce the erosion.
Fifth graders are divided into groups of five. They are given sand and pebbles on the rasied side of the pan to form a beach. Students pour water into the bottom of the pan. They are given a sponge to put at the end of the pan in the water. Students push down on the sponge repeatly to make small waves. They observe and record the effect that the waves have on the sand and pebbles.
Students discover what sand looks like, how sand dunes form and what minerals can be found in sand. They also examine how beach erosion occurs. They explore how to stay safe at the beach.
How Do Waves Change a Beach?
Students conduct an experiment on beach erosion. For this earth science lesson, students create a beach model and use tongue depressor to produce waves. They write a journal about their observations.
Watershed Works: Unit 2
The second of a three-unit lesson plan, this focuses on how human-made structures affect watersheds. Using watershed models that were built during the first unit, junior geologists now place buildings, dams, or levees into the models and make observations about the movement of water. Although intensive with regards to materials and time, these lessons are extremely valuable for your earth science learners. The 16-page write-up provides everything you need to carry out this project with your class.
The Earth Around Us: Air, Water & Soil
Second graders explore erosion and find the factors effecting erosion of hillsides. In this erosion lesson plan, 2nd graders experiment by creating a hillside and simulating rain. Students discuss and record their results on a worksheet.
Environmental Health Ethics
Students use inductive reasoning to study different scenarios related to environmental issues. They evaluate various scenarios to develop common definitions and key concepts in environmental health ethics.
Erosion, and its prevention, is the focus of this fascinating Earth Science lesson. After viewing a PowerPoint presentation on beach erosion, small groups conduct an in-class experiment where they try to determine which material is the best to reduce erosion at the beach. After the experiments are over, each group presents its findings to the class.
Students explore the role of chemicals in the pollution and destruction of ecosystems. They research factors that affect ecosystems and the methods being employed to counter them. In addition, they choose one water ecosystem that has been affected by the factor they have been assigned and prepare an environmental-impact statement about it.
Changing Nature's Course: A Look at the Kissimmee River
Students study the effects of human modification on the Kissimmee River in Florida; and make generalizations about what they have learned and apply them to human actions and their environmental consequences elsewhere on the globe.
Who Moved the Beach?
Students examine the primary causes and impacts of coastal erosion. They complete a worksheet, discuss the worksheet results, and analyze elevation data to construct profiles of three beaches.
Nonpoint Source Pollution in Long Island Sound
Learners examine and identify the types of nonpoint pollution on Long Island Sound. In groups, they walk the shoreline, collect trash and identify its source. Using that information, they create a variety of graphs of the different types of trash they found. To end the instructional activity, they work together in groups to create a poster and presentation to share their results with the class.
Students explain the different types of marine coasts and where they are located in the United States and its territories. They explain and identify some of the life forms that inhabit different marine coastal regions.
Can You SEA Walls?
Young scholars explore how wave energy that is generated and transferred in the ocean. They explore the aspects of a wave and how its energy affects the ecology of the seashore. Students engage in an activity that uses the nature of science and technology to design a scientific investigation on how to prevent damage to the coastline from long shore currents.
Freshwater Sharks Bite Children at 35th Beach. A Play
Students delve into a study of sharks. In this science lesson plan, students examine the many different scientific occupations, as well as some possible specializations therein, and perhaps a little bit of other life considerations, ecological, financial, educational, sociological, and emotional as to greed, avarice, truth, justice and the American Way.
Global Warming: Life in a Greenhouse
Students investigate the evidence and consequences of global warming. They read and discuss an article, conduct a debate, evaluate their community's climate statistics, log their gas consumption for a week, and develop a panel discussion on fossil fuels.
Cave Activity: Mapping Fractures
Students tour a cave and observe fractures in the cave's ceiling. They record characteristics of the fracture. They locate three major passages in the cave and ten major fractures.
Learners examine the various types of dangerous weather situations. In groups, they focus on the characteristics of a nor'easter and how it forms. They compare and contrast the two main types of nor'easters and examine how one can use only high and low pressure systems to predict the weather. They also describe the characteristics of other elements that affect the weather.
Fourth Grade Science
For this science worksheet, 4th graders answer multiple choice questions about coastlines, electric cars, the food chain, and more. Students complete 25 questions.