More Lesson Plans – Coastal Land Loss

Topic Key

Causes and Effects of Land Loss

Coastal Wetlands

Community Perspectives

Earth Processes

Historical Profiles


Barrier Islands

This educator's guide focuses on barrier island in Louisiana and how to study and teach about them.

Source: University of New Orleans

Climate Change, After the Storm

"This 3-activity sequence addresses the question: 'To what extent should coastal communities build or rebuild?' The activity uses social science and geoscience data to prepare an evidence-based response to the question, in targeted US coastal communities."

Source: SERC at Carleton College

Coastal Restoration Challenge

"The students will research the details of a coastal restoration project and analyze the project in terms of its success in meeting its goals and its cost effectiveness."

Source: University of New Orleans

Considering Flood Risk

"'Turning the Tide' and this companion educational guide encourage students to think about what is at stake in terms of crucial wetland ecosystems, Gulf seafood populations, North American migratory bird and waterfowl populations, the nation’s energy infrastructure and national security, interior navigation and water transport for American produce and goods, and a totally unique American culture."

Source: CWPPRA

Do You Have Change?

This lesson focuses on the question: "How can scientists monitor changes in the ways land is used in coastal areas? Students will explain how satellite imagery can be used to monitor land use change. Students will construct a change table to summarize land cover information. Students will use a change table to make inferences about land use changes in a coastal region."

Source: NOAA 

The Fragile Fringe

"Wetlands are found throughout the United States and the world. Wetlands are transitional areas sandwiched between the inland and aquatic habitats. The intent of this material is to provide a basis from which a comprehensive study of coastal wetlands can be developed by the teacher on the basis of individual needs."

Source: USGS

What Could a Hurricane Do To My Home?

"This activity explores the potential for global climate change to increase the frequency and intensity of hurricanes and storm surges, and the impacts that could result. Designed to teach through scientific inquiry, the activity seeks to stimulate thought about the long-term impact of a warmer planet."

Source: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies 

Who Moved the Beach

This lesson focuses on the question: "What are the primary causes and impacts of coastal erosion, and how should human communities respond to this process? Students will identify coastal erosion as a natural process, and explain how human activity can increase the risks associated with coastal erosion. Students will identify options for reducing risks caused by coastal erosion, and discuss the advantages and problems associated with these options. Students will analyze and interpret beach elevation data, and make inferences from these data about the relative vulnerability of different beaches to coastal erosion."

Source: NOAA