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  Earth Science
  Life Science
  Physical Science

Hands-on Activity

Shifting Shorelines

Fun Forces
In this activity, students will brainstorm why people live, work, and vacation by the shoreline. They will set up a small stream table to model the effects of beach erosion. Students will create waves over time and redraw the beach. They will experiment with the size of waves and duration.
Topic: Earth Materials and Systems
Real World Science Topics:
  • An evaluation of the land surfaces that exist near beaches
  • An evaluation of the causes of land erosion near the beach
  • A comparison of the effects of land surfaces before erosion and after
After completing this activity, students will be able to describe the physical characteristics of land surfaces near water bodies in the United States. Students will be able to describe natural and man-made causes of land erosion. Students will be able to describe the effects of erosion on the land.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 1 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.



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