Resources for Teachers

Grade 9-12: Oceans and Coasts

General Coastal Environment

Coastal Landforms and Processes at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts: A Primer- Background Information
[Although this targets Cape Cod, many of the concepts can be applied to coastal processes in other locations.] Written as an educational guide for the general public. Covers basic coastal processes; landform changes, sea-level change, wind and weather, waves, and tides. Many illustrations.

The Fragile Fringe: A Guide for Teaching about Coastal Wetlands- Background Information and Activities
Material to use for developing a comprehensive study of coastal wetlands.  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.   

Wise Wetland Ways- Background Information
Teachers use wetland "artifacts" to stimulate a discussion about how we benefit from wetlands (see back of poster).

Coasts in Crisis- Background Information
Describes types of coasts (rocky shores, sandy beaches, coastal wetlands, and coral reefs) and discusses processes that affect beaches and coastlines including waves, tides, weather, water-level changes, coastal vegetation, and human activities.