Levees and Erosion

ACTIVITY HEADER

 

 

 

Name of Activity

Levees and Erosion

Author

STOMP

Keywords

levees, coast, coastal structure, coastlines, erosion, storms, LEGOs, LEGO People

Subject

Non-LEGO

Grade Level

K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Time

1 Hour Total

Brief Description

Teach students about levees and how different coastal structures protect coastlines in different ways.

Lesson Objectives:

Teach students about coastal erosion and storms. Build levees out of Legos to protect Lego people.

Materials Needed:

LEGO Kits, rocks, sand, large bin, bucket to pour water from.

Preparation and Set Up:

Experiment with this a bit before doing it in a classroom. Ours worked but it could have been better.

Procedure

  • Go over material on overhead.
  • Do worksheet.
  • Do activity.
  • Have students build walls out of Legos that need to protect a Lego man from stormy seas. Set the man and wall in the large bin and dump a bucket of water on them (to mimic waves). See if the man is still standing.  You could make students build different types of structures, use sand and rocks to protect people, etc. The sand can also be used to demonstrate how waves erode beaches.

Modifications:

We were winging it for most of the activity- if you want to teach this lesson, think about how to best simulate a storm and get students to build protective structures.

Reference 1

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/f.doc

Reference 2

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/g.doc

Reference 3

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/h.doc

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