Lesson Plan

Bird and Seashell Creatures:  Who They Are and Where They Live At Cape Lookout National Seashore

Lightning Whelk

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Grade Level:
First Grade
Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Landscapes, Marine Biology, Oceans, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
60 minutes over 2 days
National/State Standards:
1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.2.1, 1.L.2.2


Every living thing has specific requirements in order to call a place home. Students will work together to identify bird species and animals that live in seashells found at Cape Lookout. We will interactively discover how they use the seashore to meet their habitat needs. 


The learner will be able to: 

  • Recognize a few of the many different birds that live at or near Cape Lookout National Seashore 
  • Recognize the physical characteristics that birds of the seashore typically exhibit 
  • Recognize a few of the many different seashell creatures at Cape Lookout National Seashore and where they live 
  • Be able to recognize how these two groups are different. 
  • Understand the term habitat


Pre-Site Visit Activities: TEACHER COMPLETED

Knowledge Assessment (in post-site materials)

Pelicans and Pterodactyls Discussion and Activity

Read and Discuss Perky Pelican: A Tell of a Lively Bird

Pelican Coloring Activity

On-Site Visit Activities: RANGER COMPLETED

Day 1

Who Am I? Activity and Discussion
Where Do I Live? Activity and Discussion

Day 2

Seashell Activity
Discussion of the Animals in Seashells
Habitat, Habitat Song

Post-Site Visit Activities: TEACHER COMPLETED

Knowledge Assessment

Seashell Mobile Activity

Cape Lookout Coloring Sheet