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Students explore seashells through various activities. In this oceanology lesson, students demonstrate knowledge of seashells and their properties by creating a dot-to-dot picture, reading books about seashells and creating seashell prints by using paint. There is also a seashell song included with this lesson.
Let nature inspire your budding artists. They paint seascapes on actual seashells. First, they observe the seaside, then they paint what they see (image or in person) on the inside of a white shell. 
In this word recognition learning exercise, students trace the word "Seashell," write the word independently, and color the picture of the seashell.
Here is a wordsearch on common seashells. There are 25 shell words that have to be found in the search. Each one has a colorful and accurate picture on the worksheet. An answer key is included.
Students examine the shells, observing texture, shape, pattern and structure. They should come up with any system of grouping the shells they like, and classify the shells.
Third graders practice classifying seashells. In this seashell classification lesson, 3rd graders listen to a guest speaker talk about collecting seashells. They participate in a discussion on the characteristics by which seashells are classified. They go on a virtual field trip to Sea World using the assigned Internet link.
In this shape matching worksheet, students will draw a line to connect a seashell to the correct shadow. There are a total of 5 seashells.
Students take a trip to Galveston's beaches. They collect empty shells, and visit the internet site to identify the seashells they find. Students visit the linked websites to view pictures of seashells and aid in their identification. Students are first encouraged to divide their shells into two categories, univalves and bivalves.
Students identify various shells. In this oceanography lesson, students create a KWL chart to activate background knowledge on shells. Students read the book Ocean Day and learn about waves, tides, and the seashells that can be found on the shore. Students visit a suggested website to reinforce facts about seashells. Students are assessed based on the KWL chart.
Visionaries create images out of dots to demonstrate the eye-brain connection. Through this activity, they learn that the brain interprets data collected by the eye into recognizable information. Search online for "Jacques Cousteau in Seashells" to find and share a series of pictures of the shells that zoom in closer and closer to show exactly what the image is made of.
Four lessons introduce elementary ecologists to salt marsh and sandy beach habitats. In the first lesson plan, they place shells and other materials in vinegar to determine if they contain calcium carbonate. In the second lesson plan, they read a mystery in which a blue crab has gone missing. The mystery is solved by the habitat clues that you provide. In the third lesson plan, learners make plankton models from playdough and experiment to see if different shapes float more readily. The final lesson plan prepares them for a field trip to the salt marsh.
In this counting seashells and writing the number ten worksheet, students count ten seashells and trace and write the number ten. Students write the number ten four times.
In this collecting different seashells worksheet, students look at the picture of wight seashells and tell how many different kinds there are.
Students work with seashells to build science skills in classifying, identifying, organizing, observing, interpreting, reaching consensus and drawing conclusions.
Students listen to a story about seashells. They discuss shelled animals to gain scientific understanding and participate in a visual arts activity that reinforces the instructional activity's key concept that shells are made by certain marine animals called mollusks for
In this preschool coloring page learning exercise, students color a blackline master sheet that includes 4 different types of seashells.
Plant and animal life of the ocean is the focus of this science lesson. Young scientists sort a variety of seashells and explore why many sea animals have shells. They examine the shells, write journal entries highlighting the characteristics of the shells, and match up pictures of sea animals with the shells that they use.
Practice descriptive language in this activity, which prompts elementary and middle schoolers to write detailed descriptive sentences describing a seashell. They write a description of a shell, create an illustration, and other students have to guess which shell they are describing. This activity is a great way to bring descriptive and sensory language into any writing unit.
Learners observe shells using their five senses. In this scientific inquiry lesson, students examine shells using a hand lens and their five senses. Learners complete an included shell data sheet.
In this picture patterns worksheet, 1st graders identify the pattern for the 5 examples of seashells. Students cut out the next pattern picture and paste it into the correct box.

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