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

    Cape Lookout National Seashore: Preservation vs. Utilization

    Cape Lookout National Seashore: Preservation vs. Utilization

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Government, Historic Preservation, Landscapes, Public Policy, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    8.G&C.1.3, 8.G&C1.4, 8.G&C.2.1, 8.C&G.2.2, 8.C&G.2.3, 8.G.1.1, 8.G.1.2, and 8.G.1.3
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Conflict on the Coast and Lighthouse Technology

    Conflict on the Coast and Lighthouse Technology

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Engineering, Maritime History, Military and Wartime History, Science and Technology, World War II
    National/State Standards:
    5.H.1.3, 5.G.1.3, 5.E.1.2, and 5.C.1.3
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Conflict on the Coast and Lighthouse Technology

    Conflict on the Coast and Lighthouse Technology

    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:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Architecture, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Business, Civic Engagement, Civil War, Colonial History, Commerce and Industry, Community, Conservation, Constitutional Amendments, Constitutional Law, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, Family Life, Geography, Government, Historic Preservation, History, Immigration, International Relations, Inventions / Inventors, Language Arts, Law, Leadership, Maritime History, Mathematics, Military and Wartime History, Museum Studies, Naval History, Safety, Science and Technology, Slavery, Social Studies, Sociology, Transportation, U.S. Presidents, World War II, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    5.H.1.3, 5.G.1.3, 5.E.1.2, and 5.C.1.3
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Cape Lookout National Seashore: Preservation vs. Utilization

    Cape Lookout National Seashore: Preservation vs. Utilization

    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:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Aquatic Studies, Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Business, Career Studies, Civic Engagement, Climate, Climate Change, Commerce and Industry, Community, Conservation, Constitutional Amendments, Constitutional Law, Ecological Engineering, Ecology, Economics, Education, Environment, Environmental Law, Geography, Government, Historic Preservation, History, Journalism, Landscapes, Language Arts, Law, Leadership, Literature, Marine Biology, Maritime History, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Oceans, Philanthropy/Humanitarianism, Philosophy, Planning/Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Reconstruction, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Safety, Science and Technology, Science History, Social Studies, Sociology, Statistics, Transportation, U.S. First Ladies, U.S. Presidents, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    8.G&C.1.3, 8.G&C1.4, 8.G&C.2.1, 8.C&G.2.2, 8.C&G.2.3, 8.G.1.1, 8.G.1.2, and 8.G.1.3
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

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

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

    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.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Aquatic Studies, Architecture, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Geography, Geology, Glaciers, History, Hydrology, Landscapes, Linguistics, Literature, Marine Biology, Maritime History, Oceanography, Oceans, Physical Science, Planning/Development, Reading, Science and Technology, Science History, Tectonics, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    6.E.2.3
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Life and Times of the Lighthouse Keeper

    Life and Times of the Lighthouse Keeper

    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:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Second Grade - Second Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Anthropology, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Art, Civic Engagement, Civil War, Climate, Climate Change, Colonial History, Commerce and Industry, Community, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, Family Life, Geography, Geology, Government, Historic Preservation, History, Immigration, International Relations, Inventions / Inventors, Literature, Marine Biology, Maritime History, Mathematics, Military and Wartime History, Museum Studies, Oceans, Pioneer America, Planning/Development, Political Science, Public Policy, Reading, Reconstruction, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Safety, Science and Technology, Science History, Social Studies, Sociology, Statistics, Transportation, U.S. Presidents, Women's History, World War II, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    2.G.1.1, 2.G.1.2, 2.G.2.1, 2.G.2.2, 2.C&G.2.1, and 2.C&G.2.2
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Waves, Surf, Currents, and Sand: The Equilibrium Defining the Barrier Islands

    Waves, Surf, Currents, and Sand:  The Equilibrium Defining the Barrier Islands

    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.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Aquatic Studies, Architecture, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Business, Climate Change, Commerce and Industry, Community, Conservation, Design, Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Government, Historic Preservation, History, Hydrology, Journalism, Landscapes, Language Arts, Law, Leadership, Linguistics, Literature, Marine Biology, Maritime History, Media Studies, Oceanography, Oceans, Physical Science, Planning/Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Reading, Reconstruction, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Safety, Science and Technology, Science History, Social Studies, Sociology, Transportation, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    6.E.2.3 and 6.L.2.3 7.P.1.1, 7.P.1.3, 7.E.1.3, and 7.E.1.5 8.E.2.2 and 8.L.4.2
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Castles in the Sand

    Students will learn about the cohesive force of water tension and the adhesive force of capillary action.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Adult Education (general)
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Hydrology, Physical Science
    National/State Standards:
    Science: 1st grade 1.1; 2nd grade 1.1; 5th grade 1.1