Lesson Plan

Cape Lookout and the Water Cycle

Analyzing sediment from various ecological zones

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Grade Level:
Eighth Grade
Anthropology, Architecture, Colonial History, Earth Science, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Geology, Maritime History, Wilderness
45-50 minutes per class visit
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
8.E.1.1, 8.E.1.2, 8.E.1.3 8.E.1.4, and 8.P.2.1


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.


The learner will be able to: 

• Using Cape Lookout National Seashore as an example, describe the water cycle's major elements and their roles in supporting life on earth 
• Understand why the water cycle is important to us, biologically and politically 
• Understand the need f or conservation of water resources 
• Describe the major pollutants in our water, where they come from, what they harm, and what can be done about them 
• Understand the components of a healthy marine system and the need to preserve our beaches, barrier islands, wetlands, and oceans