Lesson Plan

Life and Times of the Lighthouse Keeper

Cape Lookout Light Station circa 1913

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Grade Level:
Second Grade
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
60 minutes for each session
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
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


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


The learner will be able to:

• Identify some of the duties and daily ac tivities of lighthouse keepers.
• Understand the difference between wants and needs in relation to survival on the coast.
• Understand some of the rules for keeping a lighthouse working and the consequences for breaking those rules both for the keeper and for sailors.