Seashells Teacher Resources
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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.
Seashells of Galveston, Texas
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.
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.
Seashell: Print and Color
In this word recognition learning exercise, students trace the word "Seashell," write the word independently, and color the picture of the seashell.
Word Search: Common Seashells
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.
Plant and animal life of the ocean is the focus of this science lesson plan. 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.
Seashell Discovery: A Lesson in Inductive Classification
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.
Seashell Shadow Match
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.
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.
Preschool Coloring Page - Seashells
In this preschool coloring page worksheet, students color a blackline master sheet that includes 4 different types of seashells.
Students discover how the sense of sight helps us recognize each other and explore color, motion and distance.
In this Algebra I instructional activity, 9th graders analyze a problem in which basic assumptions must be made about cost and demand for the product or item. Students use a graph to make predictions and determine the best price at which to sell an item. The four page instructional activity contains six questions. Answers are not included.
What Am I?
Students identify various shells. In this oceanography lesson plan, 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.
Outdoor Math/Art: Nature's Patterns (I)
Students encounter the skills of Fibonacci sequence. They realize that nature loves patterns! A pattern being a shape that is repeated. In science and nature that is called a Fibonacci sequence. It's the one special mathematical pattern that is seen to occur in hundreds of places in nature--pine cones, seashells, etc. and even reproductive patterns.
What Contains Carbon?
Students explore elements by analyzing everyday objects and materials in class. In this carbon lesson, students define several vocabulary terms such as carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon, and carbonate. Students view a group of items, discussing if they contain carbon or not and record their results on a worksheet.
A fossil is worth a thousand words! Individuals craft their own amber fossil of an insect in addition to molds and casts of seashells. A third activity takes the lesson a notch higher: Learners measure stride lengths between tracks and traveling speed to calculate dimensionless speed. Then, paper dinosaur tracks are laid out for them to perform the same calculations with. In a final activity, take the class outdoors to make casts of actual animal tracks. Use this lesson to enrich your earth history curriculum.
Shells In Clay and So Much More - Iatmul "Orator's Stool" from Papua, New Guinea
Explore the use of imagination using this resource. Learners create a group story and design a clay object. After looking at a picture of the "Orator's Stool", they contribute to a group story. They use clay and shells to make a clay object.
Observing Chemical Change
Leading your class through observation practice will be much easier with this worksheet. There are 3 procedures listed, and instructions how to progress through the reaction stages. The guide for noting appearances will help them work through this, either in groups or individually.
Students are introduced to the letter "S" and participate in a variety of activities to reinforce the recognition of the letter "S." In this letter "S" lesson, students listen to the story Seal's Silly Sandwich, discuss swans and color a picture of a swan. Students then explore a sensory table filled with sand and seashells.
There are three separate lessons within this resource that can be used together, or that can each stand alone. In the first, five simple activities allow junior scientists to examine the amazing properties of water. In the second, they compare the strength of potato chips with ridges and without to demonstrate why seashells might have ridges. The third lesson gets learners thinking about what objects might be unsafe to pick up when beach combing. Geared toward younger scientists, these lessons could be used in an ocean unit or prior to a field trip to the shore.