Earlier this school year, SKTCS Second Graders took a field trip out to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. In social studies, second graders learn about the 5 regions of Georgia. They began with our local region first, the Coastal Plains, and then went out to experience it in person.
First, the students took a tour of the Coastal Georgia Gallery. There, both native and invasive species are featured, and students learn about the lives of these animals. They also got the chance to touch live marine invertebrates in the touch tank, which included animals such as hermit crabs, snails, and spider crabs.
The classes then went out for a guided beach walk. As they walked along the beach, they discussed topics such as the intertidal zone, the origin of sand, and sand dune formation. They also talked about the effects that pollution and development have upon the ocean and shoreline, and why conservation is important. Plants and animals were noted as they moved down the beach, and adaptations each has made for survival on a barrier island were pointed out.
Then the students used strainers to sift through the sand to look for hidden treasures of our coast! Things they were looking for included organisms such as mole crabs, coquina clams, amphipods, and isopods. Fun facts about each item found were discussed.
Thank you to the staff of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center for spending time with our students! They all enjoyed the visit!