The Beach Dynamics lesson plans help your students understand how a barrier island functions. Activities are designed to enhance field trips to Fire Island National Seashore.
Wetlands have a bad rap. Many people think marshes are worthless areas full of snakes, bugs, smells, and creapy crawlies. In reality, these places are critically important ecosystems and are some of the most productive regions in the world. During this 1-hour program, students explore the marsh, discover, catch and observe marsh animals and learn more about the many reasons salt marshes are valuable and worth protecting.
This lesson plan explores the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the history-making 2012 storm, on the natural resources of Fire Island, and it challenges students to consider the effects of climate change that are likely to occur close to home. The lesson includes an inquiry-based lab, with pre-labs, activities, and homework designed to increase understanding of climate change.
This Earth Science lesson includes classroom materials, field trip activities and a post assessment activity. The classroom lessons include Powerpoints, readings and activities to increase understanding of coastal processes. The beach activities offer place –based learning to observe and measure conditions to evaluate the vulnerability of a beach to erosion. The post assessment activity requires students to use a model to demonstrate a beaches response to different climate change scenarios.
Students will learn about the cohesive force of water tension and the adhesive force of capillary action.