- How are these beaches different?
- How are they alike?
- Identify characteristics of beaches
- On the Way to the Beach
- Ribbons of Sand: Exploring Atlantic Beaches (Children's Books)
- Jump Into Science: Sand
- Seashore (One Small Square)
Beach Zones in Shallow Marine Environments
Using online graphic art programs like, Splash Up or Sketchpad, have students create a diagram of the beach zones in a shallow marine environment. In addition, you may have them create various images of different coastal features. I have listed wonderful resources.
- What is long shore drift?
- What factors influence wave height?
- What is the difference between a jetty and breakwater?
- How do winter beaches differ from summer beaches?
- What is a swell?
- Define the following terms: crest, trough, and wavelength.
- Write a paragraph or story about visiting a beach, tide pool or tidal flat. Describe in great detail the appearance of the coastal area as well as the animal life present. Use information from your research to guide your writing.
- Imagine you are a grain of sand on a beach. Describe your journey. What future adventures might you face as a result of long shore drift and the powerful, driving force of waves?
- Surf the web! Research why Hawaii is such a great spot for large, breaking waves and a favorite among surfers.
- Compare and contrast tidal flats and beaches. Include a detailed description of the types of plants and animals that inhabit both regions. Display your research in a glog.
This post was designed to kick start your own unit study and supplement your teaching materials. Enjoy!