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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.
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.
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.
High schoolers read about coastal erosion and its primary causes and impact. In this coastal erosion lesson plan, students complete a 25 questions survey about shoreline erosion after obtaining the information in reports and articles. High schoolers discuss beaches that may be most vulnerable to wave erosion, the differences in beach profiles and how to respond to erosion threats.
Students 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 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.
High schoolers 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.