Resources for Teachers

Grade 3-5: Oceans and Coasts

General Coastal Environment

Chesapeake Bay Bolide- Background Information
Explore the extraordinary consequences of a large extraterrestrial body colliding with the Earth in this new research on the Chesapeake Bay bolide. Events like these may have contributed to the demise of dinosaurs.

The Fragile Fringe: A Guide for Teaching about Coastal Wetlands- Background Information and Activities
Includes background information, suggested activities, glossary, references, and reading list. Activities can be demonstrated by the teacher or performed by students. Emphasis is on Gulf Coast wetlands.   

Coastal Erosion (Grade School version or Middle School version)- Activites
Moist sand and water are used to demonstrate how different waves affect the movement of sand along the coast (see back side of poster).

Coasts in Crisis- Background Information
This website describes types of coasts (rocky shores, sandy beaches, coastal wetlands, and coral reefs). It also provides discussion about processes that affect beaches and coastlines including waves, tides, weather, water-level changes, coastal vegetation, and human impacts of beach sediments and processes.