We recently began our study of the Blue Planet, Earth. We are lucky to live so close to two unique shore lines, the North and South shores of Long Island. Within one visit to one of many North or South Shore habitats, you can see dramatic features. At Caumsett, I have witness a plush green forrest along side a barren grey backdrop of the ocean beaches. How these two varied habitats sit yards apart? How can that be? On one side you can find evidence of life, footprints, scat (look it up!) holes in the underbrush and so much more, while on the other side, within the tide lines you can gather evidence that life existed but far fewer living creatures are present. Take a trip to a location nearby, what observations can you make? What data can you collect.We will investigate waves, currents, and ocean movements.
- How was Long Island formed? What impact does this have on its landscape?
- How are the North and South Shores alike? Different? Why?
Later in the unit, we will continue our study, with a focus on earth movements of tectonic plates and tectonic boundaries and the ongoing impact they have on shifts in rocks, sediments and the overall appearance of other land features.