Beach Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Beaches are popular places to visit, but there is much more to learn about beaches besides building sandcastles. Teach your students all about beaches with a simple text lesson before they use the activity to demonstrate their understanding.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the common characteristics of beaches
  • distinguish between different types of beaches
  • explain what sand is made of
  • discuss the influence of tides on beaches


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


  • Assorted photographs of beaches
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Beach Facts: Lesson for Kids
  • Printed copies of the worksheet from the associated text lesson
  • Heavy cardboard cut into 10x10 squares
  • Blue construction paper
  • Play sand
  • Small pebbles
  • Shells
  • Glue
  • Assorted craft materials (e.g. pipe cleaners, feathers, beads, glitter, and so on)
  • Scissors

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