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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.
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 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.
Make textbook reading more engaging using this reading activities learning exercise, through which scholars review major features found on the ocean floor and the processes that formed these features. They complete 11 terms in a crossword puzzle, 4 fill-in-the-blank, and 6 short-answer questions. Learners also consider human impact on natural environments. This reading review learning exercise is intended for classes using the Glencoe McGraw Hill text Science Interactions: Course 2.
Learners 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.
Students conduct an experiment on beach erosion. In this earth science instructional activity, students create a beach model and use tongue depressor to produce waves. They write a journal about their observations.
A more thorough presentation on coastal systems would be difficult to find! Detailed diagrams illuminate the offshore, shoreface, foreshore, and backshore zones of  beach. The sources and movement of sediments along the coastline are explained with photographs and text. Rip currents and undertow are covered as well. Finally, there are a few slides that delve into the formation coral reefs. This makes a colorful addition to your high school or college level erosion, physical oceanography, or land formation lecture.
Young scientists take a close looks a samples of sand that come from three different beaches. They use microscopes to view the three slides, and make observations on a worksheet. At the end of the lesson, learners share their observations, then take another look at the slides to see if they can determine which beach the sand came from. Good lesson!
This is not revolutionary, but it is informative. Earth science viewers in grades 7-12 get carried away with wave and wind erosion. They view diagrams of how waves impact ocean shorelines. They see examples of the different types of sand dunes and how they are formed. This is a terrific addition to your lesson on weathering and erosion.
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.
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.
Second graders explore erosion and find the factors effecting erosion of hillsides.   In this erosion lesson, 2nd graders experiment by creating a hillside and simulating rain.  Students discuss and record their results on a worksheet.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
High schoolers 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.
Middle schoolers 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 lesson, 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.
Students 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.
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.

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