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The purpose of these lessons is to educate children (ages 5 to 14; grades K through 8) about coastal issues in a way that is fun and challenging. There are six lessons, each with a specific message to help students broaden their knowledge of marine debris and coastal issues.

Lesson 1

Lesson 1 - Take a Good Look

Students observe the living and non-living items they see at the beach and discuss the relationship of the items to Texas beaches.

Grade Level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) by Content Area:

English Language Arts

  • Kinder: 1E - 3B - 4B - 5A - 5C - 12B - 13E - 16A - 16B - 16C - 19A - 21A - 21B
  • Grade 1: 4B - 4C - 9B - 14B - 15A - 16A - 16B - 19A - 20A - 20B - 20C - 21A - 23A - 23B - 24A - 24C - 27B
  • Grade 2: 5B - 15A - 15B - 17A - 17B - 17C - 17D - 17E - 19A - 19C - 21A - 22A - 22B - 22C - 24A - 24B - 25A - 25B - 25C - 28A - 28B
  • Grade 3: 4B - 15A - 15B - 1519 - 20A - 20B - 20C - 22A - 22B - 22C - 23A - 23B - 23C - 23D - 2328 - 29A - 29B - 30
  • Grade 4: 13A - 13B - 16A - 17 - 18A - 20A - 20B - 20C - 21A - 21B - 21C - 22A - 22B - 22C - 22D - 23A - 24A - 24B - 24C - 2425 - 2426 - 27A - 27B - 28

Science (Geology)

  • Kinder: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 3B - 4A - 6A - 8A - 8B - 9A - 9B - 9C - 10A - 10B
  • Grade 1: 1A - 1B - 1C - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 3B - 4A - 4B - 6A - 7B - C - 9A - 10A
  • Grade 2: 1A - 1C - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 2F - 3A - 3B - 4A - 4B - 7B - 7C - 9C
  • Grade 3: 1A - B - 2A - B - C - D - E - F - 3A - 4A - B - 9A - B - C - 10A
  • Grade 4: 1A - B - 2A - B - C - D - E - F - 3A - 4A - B - 7C - 10A

Social Studies

  • Kinder: 3B - 4A - 5A - 5B - 6A - 14B - 14C - 15A - 15B - 16A - 16B
  • Grade 1: 6A - 6B - 6C - 17A - 17B - 17C - 18A - 18B
  • Grade 2: 7B - 7C - 8A - 8B - 8C - 19
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Lesson 2

Lesson 2 - Litter Tag

Students play a tag game to understand the harmful effects litter has on Texas beach organisms.

Grade Level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) by Content Area:

Science (Environmental)

  • Grade 3: 1B - 2A - 2B - 2F - 3A
  • Grade 4: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2F - 3A - C
  • Grade 5: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D -2 F - 3A - 9C
  • Grade 6: 2A - 2B -2 E - 3A - 4A

Social Studies

  • Grade 3: 4D - 18A - 18C - 19A -19 B
  • Grade 4: 9A - 9B - 9C - 21B - 22C - 22D - 22E - 23A - 23B
  • Grade 5: 9B - 25C - 25D - 25E - 26A - 26B
  • Grade 6: 6C - 7B - 21B - 22C - 22D - 22E - 23A - 23B
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Lesson 3

Lesson 3 - Garbage Investigation

Students analyze beach trash, discuss the problems posed by it and propose solutions to these problems.

Grade Level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) by Content Area:

Mathematics

  • Grade 4: 4.13A - 4.13B - 4.14B - 4.14C - 4.14D - 4.15A - 4.16A
  • Grade 5:: 5.5A - 5.13A - 5.13B - 5.13C - 5.14A - 5.14B - 5.14C - 5.14D - 5.15A - 5.16A - 5.16B
  • Grade 6: 6.10A - 6.10B - 6.10C - 6.10D - 6.11A - 6.11B - 6.11C - 6.11D - 6.12B - 6.13A - 6.13B
  • Grade 7: 7.11A - 7.11B - 7.12A - 7.12B - 7.13A - 7.13B - 7.13C - 7.13D - 7.14B - 7.15B
  • Grade 8: 8.4 - 8.4A - 8.4B - 8.12A - 8.12B - 8.12C - 8.13A - 8.14A - 8.14B - 8.14C - 8.14D - 8.16A - 8.16B

Science (Environmental, Ecology)

  • Grade 4: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 2F - 3A - 4A - 4B - 7C
  • Grade 5:: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 2F - 2G - 3A - 4A - 4B - 9A - 9C
  • Grade 6: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 4A - 4B
  • Grade 7: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 3D - 4A - 4B - 8C
  • Grade 8: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 3D - 4A - 4B - 11A - 11D

Social Studies

  • Grade 4: 9C, 21B - 21C - 21D - 22A - 22B - 22C - 22D - 22E - 23A -23 B
  • Grade 5:: 9B - 24B - 24C - 24D - 25A - 25B - 25C - 25D - 25E - 26A - 26B
  • Grade 6: 6B - 6C - 7B - 21B - 21D - 22A -22 B - 22C - 22D - 22E - 22F - 23A - 23B
  • Grade 7: 9C - 10A - 21B - 21C - 21D - 21E - 21F - 21G - 22A - 22B - 22C - 22D - 23A - 23B
  • Grade 8: 29B - 29C - 29D - 29E - 29F - 29G - 29H -29 I - 30A - 30B - 30C - 30D - 31A - 31B
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Lesson 4

Lesson 4 - Beach Mysteries

Students learn about bacteria as an indicator of beach water quality for swimming. In groups they solve hypothetical problems associated with beaches. Then students write persuasive essays on the issue.

Grade Level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) by Content Area:

English Language Arts

  • Grade 4: 1 - 2B - 11D - 13B - 15A - 15B - 15C - 15D - 15E - 1517 - 18C - 19 - 20A - 20B - 20C - 21A - 21B - 21C - 22A - 22B - 22C - 22D - 25 - 26 - 27A - 27B - 29
  • Grade 5: 1 - 2E - 9 - 11A - 11B - 11C - 11D - 11E - 12A - 12B - 13A - 13B - 15A - 15B - 15C - 15D - 15E - 1517 - 18A - 18B - 19 - 20A - 21A - 21B - 21C - 23A - 23B - 24A - 24B - 24C - 24D - 24E - 25A - 25B - 26A - 26B - 26C - 26D - 27A - 28 - 29
  • Grade 6: 1 - 2B - 2E - 12A - 12B - 14A - 14B - 14C - 14D - 14E - 17A - 17B - 18 - 19A - 20A - 20B -20 C - 21C - 22A - 22B - 23A - 23B - 23C - 23D - 23E - 24A - 24B - 25A - 25B - 25C - 25D - 26A - 26B - 26C
  • Grade 7:: 1 - 2B - 2E - 12A - 12B - 14A - 14B - 14C - 14D - 14E - 16 - 17A - 17B - 18A - 18B - 18C - 19A - 20A - 20B - 21 - 22A - 22B - 23A - 23B - 25A - 25B - 25C - 25D - 26A - 26B - 26C - 27 - 28
  • Grade 8: 1 - 2B - 2E - 12A - 12B - 14A - 14B - 14C - 14D - 14E - 17A - 18A - 18B - 18C - 19A - 20A - 20B - 2021 - 22A - 22B - 23A - 23B - 23C - 23D - 24A - 25A - 25B - 25C - 26A - 26C - 27 - 28

Science

  • Grade 4: 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 2F - 3A - 7C - 9B
  • Grade 5: 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 2F - 2G - 3A - 9A - 9C
  • Grade 6: 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A
  • Grade 7:: 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 8C - 10A
  • Grade 8: 2A - 2B - 2C -2 D - 2E - 11A - 11B - 11C - 11D

Social Studies

  • Grade 4: 9B - 9C - 21B - 21C - 21D - 22A - 22B - 22C - 22D - 22E - 23A - 23B
  • Grade 5: 9A - 9B - 24A - 24B - 24C - 24D - 25A - 25B - 25C - 25D -25 E - 26A - 26B
  • Grade 6: 6B - 6C - 7A - 7B - 21A - 21B - 21C - 21D - 21E - 22A - 22B - 22C - 22D - 22E - 23A - 23B
  • Grade 7:: 10A - 21A - 21B - 21C - 21D - 21E - 21F - 21 - 22A - 22B - 22C - 22D - 23A - 23B
  • Grade 8: 11B - 29B - 29E - 29D - 30A - 30B - 30C - 30D - 31A - 31B

Health

  • Grade 4: 1F - 3B - 5A - 5B - 5C - 5D - 6A - 8B - 11A - 11B - 11E
  • Grade 5: 1F - 4B - 4C - 4D - 4E - 7A - 8A - 8D - 9A - 9C - 9D - 9E
  • Grade 6: 3A - 4A - 5F - 6A - 7E - 11A - 11C - 11E
  • Grade 7/8: 3B - 3C - 4A - 4C - 5A - 6B - 9A - 1A - 1B - 1C - 1E - 1F
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Lesson 5

Lesson 5 - Adopt-A-Beach

Students adopt a beach along the Texas shoreline and visit it two to three times to collect litter and other data. Students will then enter their data into a database. Students complete a project to further improve their beach. (This lesson may be altered to include a school campus, nearby park or other location rather than going to the beach)

Grade Level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) by Content Area:

Mathematics

  • Grade 4: 4.13A - 4.13B - 4.14A - 4.14B - 4.14C - 4.14D - 4.15A - 4.16A - 4.16B
  • Grade 5: 5.5A - 5.12A - 5.12B - 5.12C - 5.13A - 5.13B - 5.13C - 5.14A - 5.14B - 5.14C - 5.15A - 5.16A - 5.16B
  • Grade 6: 6.1 C - 6.8A - 6.8B - 6.9B - 6.10A - 6.10B - 6.10C - 6.10D - 6.11A - 6.11B - 6.11C - 6.11D - 6.12A - 6.12B - 13A - 13B
  • Grade 7: 7.2 - 7.2G - 7.5A - 7.5B - 7.8A - 7.8B - 7.10A - 7.10B - 7.15A - 7.15B - 7.15C - 7.15D - 7.14A - 7.14B - 7.15A - 7.15B
  • Grade 8: 8.4 - 8.5A - 8.11A - 8.11B - 8.11C - 8.12B - 8.12C - 8.13A - 8.13B - 8.14A - 8.14B - 8.14C - 8.14D - 8.15A - 8.15B - 8.16A - 8.16B

Science (Environmental, Ecology)

  • Grade 4: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E -2 F - 3A - 3D - 4A - 4B - 7C
  • Grade 5: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 2F - 2G - 3A - 4A - 4B - 9A - 9C
  • Grade 6: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 4A - 4B
  • Grade 7: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 4A - 4B - 8C - 10B
  • Grade 8: 1A -1 B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 4A - 4B - 11C - 11D

Social Studies

  • Grade 4: 9A - 9B - 9C - 22A - 22B - 22C - 22D - 22E - 23A -23B
  • Grade 5: 9A - 9B - 24B - 24C - 24D - 25A - 25B - 25C - 25D - 25E - 26A - 26B
  • Grade 6: 6A - 9B - 9C - 7B - 21A - 21B - 21C - 21D - 21E - 21F - 22A - 22B - 22C -22D - 22E - 22F - 23A - 23B
  • Grade 7: 10A - 21A - 21B - 21C - 21D - 21 E - 21F - 21G - 21H - 22A - 22B - 22C - 22D - 23A - 23B
  • Grade 8: 11B - 29B - 29C - 30A - 30B - 30C - 30D - 31A - 31B
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Lesson 6

Lesson 6 Taking Action

Students analyze data from a beach scenario, plan a presentation, decide on actions for improving the health of the beach and present their projects.

Grade Level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) by Content Area:

English Language Arts

  • Grade 4: 1 - 2E - 29 - 11C - 13B - 15A - 15B - 15C - 15D - 15E - 18A - 18C - 20A - 23A - 23B - 24A - 24E - 25 - 26 - 27A - 27B - 28 - 29
  • Grade 5: 1 - 2E - 29 - 11A - 11B - 11C - 11D - 11E - 13A - 13B - 15A - 15B - 15C - 15D - 15E - 17 - 18A - 18B - 18C - 20A - 23A -23 B - 24C - 25A - 25B - 26A - 26B - 26C - 26D - 27A - 28 - 29
  • Grade 6: 1 - 2E - 12A - 12B - 14A - 14B - 14C - 14D - 14E - 17A - 18 - 19A - 20A - 20B - 22A - 22B - 23A - 23C - 24A - 24B - 25A - 25B - 25C - 26A - 26B - 26C
  • Grade 7: 1 - 2E - 12A - 12B - 14A - 14B - 14C - 14D - 14E - 17A - 18A - 18B - 18C - 19A - 20A - 20B - 21 - 22A - 22B - 23A - 23B - 23C - 23D - 24A - 25A - 25B - 25C - 26A - 26C - 27 - 28
  • Grade 8: 1 - 2E - 12A - 12B - 14A - 14B - 14C - 14D - 14E - 17A - 18A - 18B - 18C - 19A - 20A - 0B - 21 - 22A - 22B - 23A - 23B - 23C - 23D - 24A - 25A - 25B - 25C - 26A - 26B - 26C - 27 - 28

Mathematics

  • Grade 4: 4.13A - 4.13B - 4.13C - 4.13 - 4.15A - 4.16A
  • Grade 5: 5.13A - 5.13B - 5.13C - 5.14A - 5.14B - 5.14C - 5.15A - 5.15B - 5.16A - 5.16B
  • Grade 6: 6.8A - 6.8B - 6.9A - 6.9B - 6.10A - 6.10B - 6.10C - 6.10 - 6.11A - 6.11B - 6.11C - 6.11D - 6.12A - 6.12B - 6.13A - 6.13B
  • Grade 7: 7.5A - 7.5B - 7.10A - 7.10B - 7.11A - 7.11B - 7.12A - 7.12B - 7.13A - 7.13B - 7.13C - 7.13D - 7.14A - 7.14B - 7.15A - 7.15B
  • Grade 8: 8.5A - 8.5B - 8.6A - 8.6B - 8.7A - 8.7B - 8.7C - 8.7D - 8.8C - 8.11A - 8.11B - 8.11C - 8.12A - 8.12B - 8.12C - 8.13A - 8.13B - 8.14A - 8.14B - 8.14C - 8.15A - 8.15B - 8.16A - 8.16B

Science

  • Grade 4: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 2F - 3A - 4A - B - 7C
  • Grade 5: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 2F - 2G - 3A - 4A - B - 8B - 9C
  • Grade 6: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 4A - 4B
  • Grade 7: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C - 2D - 2E - 3A - 4A - 4B - 8C - 10B
  • Grade 8: 1A - 1B - 2A - 2B - 2C -2 D - 2E - 3A - 4A -4 B - 11C -11 D
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