A Collection of Day-Long Thematic Units

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Beach Day

Beaufort County Public Library (Beach Sand) - Good background information for the teacher on what beach sand is and where it comes from.

2 Care 4 Kids - Beach theme ideas for young children.

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Presents material and offers photographs on both beach and dune habitats.

Office of Naval Research - Great information, diagrams, and photographs on beach habitats.  The information will need to be simplified for younger children.

Respect the Beach Program - A must see site for information and lesson plans all revolving around the beach!

Sand Castle Central - This site will lead you to photographs of some amazing sand sculptures!

The Magic School Bus - In this section of Scholastic's web site, Ms. Frizzle and her class go to Mussel Beach!  There are hands-on activities and print-outs.

At the Beach by Anne F. Rockwell.
Simple text about a day at the beach.

Curious George Goes to the Beach by Margret Rey.
This popular monkey spends a day at the beach in typical Curious George style.

A Day at the Beach by Mircea Vasiliu.
A family spends a full day at the beach, drinking in the sights and sounds.

Eyewitness Explorers: Shells by Jennifer Coldrey.
Best used as a reference book with lots of information and photographs.

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.
Hermit Crab keeps outgrowing his shell and must move on to a bigger one. Told wonderfully in classic Eric Carle style.

Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer.
Little Critter spends a wonderful day at the beach with his Grandma.

Look What I Did With a Shell! by Morteza E. Sohi.
Good craft ideas to be done with shells.

Lottie's New Beach Towel by Petra Mathers.
Lottie receives a new beach towel and realizes it has more uses than just laying it out on the beach!

Sand by Ellen J. Prager.
A National Geographic Society book which presents good information and answers questions about where sand comes from.

Sand Castle by Shannon Brenda Yee.
A little girl and a group of new friends create a sand castle.  At the end of the day they make the decision to knock it down a fun style!

Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell.
A little girl spends a fun filled day at the beach.

The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow.
A mother describes the beach to a son who has never seen it.

Seashells by the Seashore by Robert Noreika.
A young girl collects shells for her grandmother.  Children can learn about different types of shells and use a chart for identification.

Seashells, Crabs, and Sea Stars by Christiane Kump Tibbitts.
Presents information on a variety of objects which can be found at the beach.

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