Beach Week Wrap Up

Have you enjoyed Beach Week here at The Homeschool Scientist? I don’t know about you, but it made us really want to figure out a way to get our land-locked selves back to the ocean!

I loved this week! Our kids were really open to studying the ocean and beach even in the summer, because it was so new and different to them. We don’t find many white sandy beaches or sea shells in the middle of these corn fields! Here is just a bit of what we learned from our beach and ocean study.

What We Learned This Week

  • In The Lab Report, sponsored by Apologia Science, we learned how waves affect the shape and appearance of sandy beaches.
  • We saw what a live Sand Dollar looks like compared to the sand dollar skeletons most of us find washed up on the beach.
  • Sand Dollars are echinoderms, just like star fish.
  • Stef, from Educating Laytons, gave us lots of great resources for studying sharks and other sea life, including a shark word hunt!
  • Animals from the Phylum Mollusca create the shells you find washed up on the beach.
  • Phylum Mollusca, also, includes octopus and squid, although they do not create shells.

More Resources For Beach and Ocean Study

Here are some bonus resources to use for further study:

A Question For You

Thanks for joining us for Beach Week! It was lots of fun! I have a question for you. Do you like theme weeks? Would you like to see more theme weeks here at The Homeschool Scientist? I want to publish what you want to read!

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  1. What an awesome week!!! I’m going to have to check out that shark app because we’re studying swimming creatures.

    Sadly we live in a beach town and rarely go. Too many tourists. lol

    • LOL!! That’s funny! I don’t know how you stay away from the beach, even with the annoying tourists :) I can’t wait to go back!

  2. I love the theme weeks.we actually do unit study learning so this is right up our alley.


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