Lab & Field Resources

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Loggerhead Lessons: A Web-Based Educational Resource
-by Rachel Teller, MES
This website provides educators with everything they need to teach process skills such as making inferences, using and creating a dichotomous key, plotting on a coordinate plane, reading comprehension, skimming and skanning, and more. All of the lesson plans are written in the 5Es format to promote leaning via inquiry and they are aligned with the National Science Standards Level 5-8. This site is also appropriate for the general public as it contains accurate information and relevant images to help aid in the understanding of the life history of loggerhead sea turtles and the management efforts currently underway to help increase their numbers.
Commonly Found Marine Mollusks of the Southeastern United States
-by Sara K. Saksewski
When you walk along a beach scattered with shells, you are basically walking among skeletons. Each shell is a remnant of an animal that once lived. If you enjoy collecting shells or want to know more about them, this site is for you. This online resource is designed for educator's to use in their classrooms as well as for the general public. It contains a dichotomous key to aid in identification, many colorful photos, activities for grades K-8, conservation information, and more. All activities meet S.C. Science Standards. All shells on this site were found locally and are the most commonly found species in the Southeastern United States, which encompasses North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. A field guide is included which can be printed and used to identify species found on the beach. Background information is included to familiarize both teachers and students with marine mollusks as well as resources for further information.

An Educator's Guide to Folly Beach
- by Steven Vettese
This site was designed to offer basic information on South Carolina's barrier islands for both educators and non-educators alike. It offers background content and images for educators to use in teaching coastal marine science. Most of the information contained in the guide is general and can be applied to many local barrier island. However, the sections on history and erosion are more specific to Folly Beach.
Throughout the site you will find information presented in a variety of ways. Many of the topics contain introductory images. These are designed to be used in guided inquiry activities in the classroom. These images will help generate discussion, problem solving and divergent thinking. The site also contains some animation of coastal processes, and activities to do when at the beach.

Explore Folly Island - An educational product for exploring coastal geology
- by Kim Owens and Elizabeth Rogers (temporarily under construction)
It is estimated that more than a quarter of a million people flock to South Carolina's coastal region on any given summer day. Located along the central coast of S.C., Folly Island is highly utilized and sought after as residential and recreational "hot spot" because of its close proximity to the City of Charleston. This educational website was created based on the idea that an in-depth understanding of the dynamic processes governing the S.C. coast, specifically the evolution of barrier islands, is crucial for making sound decisions concerning this precious environment. The educational guide focuses on Folly Island, a well-populated barrier island with an ever-changing coastline. This island is presented as a model to represent the marine and coastal processes involved in the creation and destruction of S.C. barrier islands.

The Ever-Changing Beach - by Betsy Sheffield (2.34MB)
The beach is a wonderful outdoor classroom, more than just a destination for summer vacation. Many children raised on the coast are not educated on the unique habitat and environment of the barrier islands; some have never seen the ocean! Hopefully this set of beach profiling activities will be a first step in remedying that situation. What's more, most students can describe little more than just sand on the beach. How do islands form? What makes sand move? Does anything live on the beach and in the sand? What makes dunes important? These simple questions deserve answers, and this activity packet leads you and your students to them. You will discover what lives on the beach, the various sizes and constituents of sand, how dunes form, and how to survey the beachfront.
Additionally, each activity is correlated with the final version of the South Carolina Science Curriculum Standards (June 2000) for grades six through eight. The strands addressed by each activity are listed in the box at the beginning of the activity.

The Circle of Life - Discovering the food web of the maritime forest
- by Jennifer Jolly (1.94MB)

This field trip focuses on the maritime forest at Edisto Beach State Park located on Edisto Island, SC. The maritime forest is bordered by salt marsh and contains plant species typically found in most local maritime forest ecosystem. The field trip is structured so that it can be teacher-led and focuses on the food web and nutrient recycling in the maritime forest. To help illustrate this point, students will view the maritime forest through the eyes of early settlers. A set of field guides will be available at Edisto Beach State Park's Nature Center for the teacher to use. Background information and the nature guides will aid the teachers and students in discovering the food web of the maritime forest. This packet includes pre-site activities, on-site activities and post-site activities to reinforce learning. Edisto Beach State Park will send out pre-site activities and information after the teacher makes a reservation.



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