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Entry Event: Engage the Senses:
For kinesthetic learners, nothing beats a truly hands-on experience. Bring the beach to your classroom with the sensory activity described below.
Step 1: Gather materials
You will need to make either one large or several small "mini beaches", depending on your class size and preference for group vs whole-class activity. The goal is to create a microcosm of what students may find at the local seashore. Go to a nearby beach and collect:
SAFETY ALERT: Be sure to spray materials with disinfectant after gathering them!
Related Feature: Youth Activity: Beachcombing
Step 2: Set up your "mini beaches"
Place an assortment of your materials into one large or several small plastic tubs, shoeboxes, or other containers.
Step 3: Explore
Invite students to feel and touch everything in their Mini Beaches. Ask the follow questions to engage discussion:
Bonus Activity: Ask students to express their favorite beach memory in the form of a drawing, poem, or short story.
Ready to Move On?
CHOOSE YOUR DRIVING QUESTION BELOW:
DQ1: Why are our sandy beaches special? (Learner Level: Beginner)
DQ2: How can we take care of sandy beaches? (Learner Level: Developing)
DQ3: Why do we need to restore Oregon's dunes? (Learner Level: Advanced)