Levees and Erosion





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.
  • 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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