Beach Learning

This month we have been making a few trips to the beach. This is an amazing place to keep learning and discovering God’s amazing creation!

One trip this month we found 13 shark’s teeth! We learned in our Apologia Swimming Creatures book – lesson 7 – to measure teeth in inches and then multiply by 10 to find the shark’s length. One tooth was from a 10ft long shark!

Once we were inside and dry … we decided to sketch a shark and even put our hands to work to sculpt a Play Doh shark and make one of Legos!

It’s important to build on the information while it’s still fresh! A great read along for our beach trip was Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Dolphin and Sharks. We also used Master Books The World of Animals to read up more on these creatures.

As with any beach trip we love to find shells! A few we wrap and mail to friends who do not live near the ocean. Amanda Bennett Download N Go offers a great Sunny Sea Shells unit study, and we learned so much! She also offers Oceans, Dolphin Days, and Summer Sensations.

Maybe other beach animals are more of an interest than sharks. Here is a great Animal Notebooking page from The Notebooking Fairy for any beach animal your children might like.

The beach offers a wealth of learning topics: tides/moon cycles, coral reef, ocean layers, sea creatures, water cycle, and so much more!

If you live inland try creating a “beach day” and picnic near a cold hose with your resource books. Or print out this free Sharks Word Hunt I created!! *hunt created for 2nd-4th graders

Stef is wife to Thad and mom to two creative boys. They spend their days homeschooling year round in Florida. You can find her blogging at Educating Laytons or contributing bimonthly to The Happy Housewife.


Welcome to the Beach Week series here at The Homeschool Scientist. This series features ocean and beach science fun. Visit the other Beach Week posts.



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