Seashells are beautiful and provide wonderful opportunities for learning about classification. Introduce the idea of classifying marine organisms to kids with our exclusive Seashell Bracelet Activity Kit and you'll be inspiring future conchologists (shell scientists).
Our Seashell Bracelet Activity Kit includes everything you need. First, participants select, name and learn to classify a shell of their very own. Then they string real drilled seashells to make an all natural bracelet (complete with barrel clasps) that they can proudly wear home.
Ages 5 and up. (Children who can string small beads are able to accomplish this activity with minimal assistance, 5 and 6 year olds may require a little help!)
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Explore some of the organisms that live in marine habitats.
- Introduce the concept of classification.
- Learn different types of shells and how they are formed.
- Work in teams or individually to classify and learn about different types of shells, then identify and take one home.
- Create a bracelet using real seashells to reinforce the learning experience and make a great craft project!
- Bracelet shells, craft wire, and bracelet clasps for making seashell bracelets.
- Shells and Seashell ID Cards to practice classification and identification.
- A Tide Pool Sample Set, containing interesting and fun items from the ocean for participants to explore.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that provides instructors with everything they need to teach about shells and oceans, including suggestions for additional activities.
- The only materials you supply are crayons or markers.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.1, NS.5-8.1, NS.K-4.3, and NS.5-8.3 Science and Inquiry and Life Science.
Content Standard A: Abilities Necessary to do Scientific Inquiry (K-4)
Students will ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment.
Students will use data to construct a reasonable explanation.
Understandings about Scientific Inquiry (K-4)
Scientists use different kinds of investigations depending on the questions they are trying to answer.
Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge).
Understandings about Scientific Inquiry (5-8)
Different kinds of questions suggest different kinds of scientific investigations.
Content Standard C: Life Cycles of Organisms (K-4)
Many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents of the organism, but other characteristics result from an individual’s interactions with the environment.
Organisms and their Environments (K-4)
An organism’s patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism's environment.
Reproduction and Heredity (5-8)
The characteristics of an organism can be described in terms of a combination of traits. Some traits are inherited and others result from interactions with the environment.
Specific (California standards):
(1.2a) Students know different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
(1.4a) Students draw pictures that portray some features of the thing being described.
(2.2c) Students know many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents. Some characteristics are caused or influenced by the environment.
(2.2d) Students know there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population.
(2.4a) Students make predictions based on observed patterns and not random guessing.
(2.4c) Students compare and sort common objects according to two or more physical attributes.
(3.3a) Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
(3.3b) Students know examples of diverse life forms in different environments such as oceans, deserts, tundra, forests, grasslands, and wetlands.
(4.3a) Students know ecosystems can be characterized by their living and nonliving components.