Summary: Students will investigate landforms and features associated with estuaries. They will then use Google Earth and other resources to engage in a scavenger hunt to locate and identify said estuarine landforms and features.
Concepts to teach: Habitats and Species; Landforms; Estuaries
Goals: Students will learn what an estuary is and the various features and landforms that are present in such systems.
Specific Objectives: Students will:
- Describe differences between upland non-estuarine and estuarine landforms and features.
- Visually identify and describe various landforms and features including salt marshes, barrier beaches, peninsulas, headlands, spits, mud flats, fjords, deltas, coves, harbors, sounds, and others.
Activity Links and Resources:
- Observing Estuaries—from the NOAA Estuary Education website [pdf]
- Oregon Coast Quests
- See the Check for Understanding section of the Estuary Education lesson plan.