Curriculum Materials

Cape Hatteras has several lesson plans designed to allow teachers to bring the seashore to the classroom and the classroom to the seashore. Pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities for history and social studies lessons are available for download.

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  • Right whale breaching

    This lesson is designed to teach students how to identify whales as marine mammals. The teacher will introduce the difference between baleen and toothed whales and increase the students understanding of the feeding method of baleen whales, and why Baleen whales are connected to Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Marine Biology
    Keywords:
    North Carolina, whales, adaptations, endangered species, Cape Hatteras, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Activities include Field Study, Track Collecting, & Lighthouse History

    Uncover the history of the the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and view the island from the eyes of a keeper. Or, take a hands-on look into the flora and fauna that have learned to survive in this harsh environment.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Colonial History, Commerce and Industry, Ecology, Maritime History, Social Studies, Wildlife Biology
  • The pirate Blackbeard with his flag

    This lesson is designed to introduce students to pirates who plagued the coast of North Carolina during the time of colonization. Students will use a variety of strategies and writing process elements in composing their report.  It will allow students to integrate research of social studies/history of the colonial era with technology, reading, and writing, while connecting their studies to exploring Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

    Not that bad

    Average: 2.0 (19 ratings)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geography, History, Language Arts
    Keywords:
    North Carolina, Blackbeard, Pirate, Cape Hatteras, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape
  • Activities include Field Study, Whales of NC, & Whaling History

    From tiny mole crabs to giant whales, explore the wildlife of Cape Lookout National Seashore with first-hand research and interactive activities. And, learn how the people of the Outer Banks adapted to and used the wildlife in their environment.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Commerce and Industry, Ecology, Environment, Marine Biology, Maritime History, Oceans, Social Studies, Wildlife Biology
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • A park ranger and educator conduct the Sorting Sand activity during a recent Teachers Workshop.

    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. 

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Mathematics
    National/State Standards:
    Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical; Next Generation Science Standards
    Keywords:
    shoreline dynamics, coastal processes
  • 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.

    Excellent

    Average: 5.0 (4 ratings)

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science
    National/State Standards:
    Earth Science
    Keywords:
    beach, coast, shoreline, barrier beach, dune, sediment, erosion, longshore transport, sediment suspension
  • A park ranger describes the formation and evolution of the breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island.

    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.

    Excellent

    Average: 5.0 (1 rating)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Climate Change, Earth Science
    Keywords:
    climate change, shoreline dynamics, Hurricane Sandy
  • Students will learn about the cohesive force of water tension and the adhesive force of capillary action.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Adult Education (general)
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Hydrology, Physical Science