Coastal studies, as part of a project on Earth Processes, can be an interesting way of getting children interested in geography and geology and most of them will be more than familiar with the seaside!
There are several useful costal studies websites available.
One Kids Geology has a set of pages that explain: waves, tides, beaches and erosion. The explanations are easy, clear and have photographs to illustrate them. The site explains about the rocks that may be found on the beach, the sand, crystals and sadly even plastic! The page about tides is clear – it is unbelievable that people, even those who live at the seaside sometimes, do not know about the tides! This is a good site for KS2.
The Schoolrun Homework Help has got what is probably the best KS2 website about coasts – it is thorough, detailed, has lovely photographs, lots of facts and information.
Fact Monster has a useful page simply called Coasts covering coastal erosion, sea level change and glacial cycles. Brief but free.
Britannica Kids has a great set of pages for coastal studies covering:
- How coasts are formed
- Animals and Plants
- Coasts and people
- Changing coastline.
Unfortunately, all of these headings only show you an introduction to the material as it is a subscription service. There is a free seven day trial during which time you can cancel any time if you need to but sadly it is a paid for service now.
Coast Facts, Lessons for Kids has a lesson about coastal land forms, dealing with words like cove, bay, headland etc. There is a quiz to follow. You need to sign up to get the lesson but it is free for 30 days!