On Sandy Shores
Marine Science Activities for Grades
Written by Craig Strang, Catherine Halversen,
and Kimi Hosoume
GEMS again dives into the hidden world beneath our feet in this
marine-science unit on the marvelous ecosystem we call a beach.
(Though access to a beach is not a requirement of the unit.)
Students explore and deepen their understanding of many aspects
of the "sandy shore," from grains of sand to commonly
found animals to more complex biological and ecological interactions.
Cooperative activities include Beach Bucket Scavenger Hunt, Sand
on Stage, The Sights that Sand has Seen, Build a Sandy Beach,
and Oil on the Beach. The unit includes reproducible artwork depicting
many animals and plants.
On Sandy Shores is designed to be used with no modification
in culturally diverse classrooms with large numbers of English-language
learners. The activities foster respect for the environment and
all living things, and encourage a sense of personal and social
This GEMS guide adapts activities developed by the Marine
Activities, Resources & Education (MARE) program of the
Lawrence Hall of Science. It connects swimmingly with the marine-oriented
GEMS guides Only One Ocean and Ocean
Time: Five activities over 19 sessions of 4560
Comment on this GEMS unit.
Spanish Language Student Materials
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
What materials are needed to present this unit? See the full list.