YEAR LEVEL 4-7     GROUP SIZE 25     DURATION 1 hour



Details of Activity

The Beachcombing lesson aims to increase student’s skills of observation, demonstrate to students the interrelationship of different environments and habitats and develop a greater understanding of and interest in the local environment.

Students are introduced to examples of likely seeds, fruit, shells and other likely animal remains using real specimens and a photographic checklist. They are then taken to the beach to find as many as possible, after being advised of the safety/hazards aspect.

A detailed lesson plan is available if being led by visiting teachers. Pre visit sheets are available on website to familiarise students with possible finds. It can be used in conjunction with the Pollution Trail activity, ie Beach Combing on the walk to Richters Creek and Pollution Trail on the return.

Learning Intent

  • Classify natural objects found on the beach according to year level abilities and curriculum.
  • Investigate the adaptations evident on objects and describe how they help survival if a living thing.
  • Establish relationships between the objects found and other species and their original locations and habitats.

Critical & Creative Thinking

  • Inquiring, identifying and exploring and organising information and ideas.
  • Generating ideas, possibilities and actions.
  • Reflecting on thinking and processes.
  • Analysing, synthesising and evaluating reasoning and procedures.


Year level standards and content descriptions can be found within the linked curriculum document.
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