Shields students explore erosion in Cape Henlopen State Park

June 29, 2020

Second-graders in Jason Scott’s class at Shields Elementary School in Lewes took their virtual classroom outdoors for an erosion project earlier this spring.

“During our time of remote learning, I wanted to get creative in how I could connect our Changing Landforms science unit to real places the students are familiar with,” said Scott. “I provided the students with some resources including documents about our coastline and the lighthouse, as well as a video about the lighthouse created by one of my students’ parents. I then asked them to apply this information they’ve learned by exploring Cape Henlopen State Park.”

As part of the science unit, students had been studying the power of water and weather, and what they can do to landforms.

During their exploration of the state park, Scott encouraged his students to get as close as they could to the cape, where the ocean meets the bay. While there, students were able to think about some of the photos they’ve studied and how the cape has changed over time.

Students were also tasked with finding evidence of erosion in the state park, taking a picture of it, and posting it to their online classroom platform.

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