Lesson Plan

The Sands of Time:  Cape Lookout’s Black and Tan Sands

Black and Tan Sands Seen After a Storm

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Subject:
Climate Change, Earth Science, Environment, Geography, Geology, Hydrology, Landscapes, Regional Studies
Duration:
60 minutes for 1 day
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
6.E.2.3

Overview

Students will be engaged with a hands-on examination of sand samples and will be comparing and contrasting the size, weight, color, and texture of the sand grains.  We will discuss the origins of these sands and the geological processes that occurred to bring them to Cape Lookout.  Students will attempt to create a miniature beach using sand and water.

Objective(s)

The learner will be able to: 

  • Understand the differences between the black and tan-colored sands at Cape Lookout National Seashore and why one is commonly called "heavy" mineral sand and the other "light" mineral sand 
  • Describe the different minerals composing the black sands and the tan sands 
  • Understand the origins of these sands and their transport to Cape Lookout National Seashore 
  • Understand the movement of sands along our coast




Procedure

Pre Site Visit: TEACHER COMPLETED

Knowledge Assessment

Sands of Time Activity

Water and Sand Discussion 

Discussion Points 
• The sands of Cape Lookout National Seashore are so much more than just something added to concrete to help make it hold together. Most of the time when you walk along the beach the sand is the last thing you notice, but next time you're at Cape Lookout look down, you'll see things you never knew were there before.
• For the next few days we're going to learn about the sands of Cape Lookout. You'll do some research and reading and we'll do some experimenting to help us understand that every footstep we take at Cape Lookout's beaches is a trip of hundreds of miles over millions of years of time.

POn-Site Visit: RANGER COMPLETED

Day 1

Black vs. Tan Sand Experiment

Post Site Visit: TEACHER COMPLETED

Knowledge Assessment

Sands of Time Game