Curriculum Materials

Cape Lookout has several curriculum guides 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 science and social studies lesions are available for download individually or as part of the whole guide.

Other curriculum materials have be designed to be used in conjunction with either a class visit to the park or a Ranger visit to the class. To schedule an on-site visit or a Ranger led school site program, contact the Education Specialist (252) 728-2250.

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  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Life and Times of the Lighthouse Keeper

    Cape Lookout Light Station circa 1913

    Students will put themselves in the shoes of Lighthouse Keepers and Life-Saving Surfmen as they learn about the lives of these coastal heroes.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Career Studies, Civil War, Colonial History, Commerce and Industry, Community, Engineering, Family Life, Geography, Geology, Government, History, Maritime History, Science and Technology, Women's History
  • Three types of waves

    We will focus on the power of the ocean and how it alters and reshapes this dynamic place.  We will look at pictures of storm damage and discuss the issues associated with developing barrier islands.  Students will participate in an activity that demonstrates the force of water in the movement of sand. 

    Good

    Average: 4.0 (3 ratings)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate Change, Conservation, Earth Science, Environment, Geography, Geology, Hydrology, Landscapes, Oceans, Wilderness
  • 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
  • Lightning Whelk

    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. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Landscapes, Marine Biology, Oceans, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
  • View of the Keepers' Quarters from the top of the lighthouse

    Through hands on activities and a fieldtrip to the national seashore, students will discover the history of the Cape Lookout lighthouse and of the people who dedicated their lives to protecting sailors from the dangers of the Lookout Shoals.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Colonial History, Engineering, Family Life, Geography, Government, Military and Wartime History, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Science and Technology, World War II
  • Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station

    Using Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station as an example, students will learn about the importance of the U.S. Life-Saving Service to shipping along North Carolina’s coast. They will also the close tie the U.S. Life-Saving Service had to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geography, History, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    USLSS, Lifesaving Service, North Carolina, Rescue, Cape Hatteras, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, technology, Lifesaving
  • Sea Turtle Nest Closure and Beach Driving

    We will work together to introduce the terms Preservation Conservationist and Utilitarian Conservationist and reasoning behind each in preparation for a classroom debate of the two sides.  Opportunities will be presented to the students for questioning, answering, and researching over the next two visits.  The final visit will result in the debate.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Government, Historic Preservation, Landscapes, Public Policy, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Wildlife Management
  • 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
  • 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