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

    Horse Story: Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks

    Wild Horses at Cape Lookout

    This is an exploratory lesson, a “Choose Your Own Path” for students exploring natural resources, ecosystems, and life science in the Cape Lookout National Seashore. This lesson would occur during a “Pre-Visit” by a Cape Lookout park ranger, but can be used alone in the classroom as a case study for Life Science standards.  The purpose is to educate students (and their teachers) about the horses on Shackleford banks.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • 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
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Horse Story: Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks

    Stallion displaying dominance

    This lesson will educate students (and their teachers) about the horses on Shackleford banks by taking them through the decisions that Cape Lookout National Seashore had to make about the horses.

    (These materials are still in the process of being developed.)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Ecology, Environment, History, Wildlife Management
    Keywords:
    wild horses, wildlife management
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Cape Lookout and the Water Cycle

    Analyzing sediment from various ecological zones

    Using Cape Lookout as an example, students will identify the major elements of the water cycle and how this process is important to people biologically and politically.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Architecture, Colonial History, Earth Science, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Geology, Maritime History, Wilderness
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Conflict on the Coast and Lighthouse Technology

    Coast Guardsman patrolling beaches during WWII

    Students will look at lighthouse concepts, the need for lighthouses on the NC coast, and interactively look at the “Lighthouse Technology Timeline”.  Students will engage in an activity that will examine the role of NC coastal lighthouses during the Civil War and World War II.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Engineering, Maritime History, Military and Wartime History, Science and Technology, World War II
  • 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. 

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