Fieldtrips to the seashore and creating a seashore experience for pupils using an aquarium is an exciting way of bringing the sea to life outside and inside the classroom.
The following information provides organisers with a guide to plan a trip to the seashore, activities for the class to complete and how to set up an aquarium.
Planning a Field trip to the Seashore
It is important to be prepared well in advance of a field trip to the seashore to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time.
ADDITIONAL LESSON PLANS & SEASHORE ACTIVITIES
Additional Lesson Plans and activities are available for use in the classroom and on the seashore.
Natural Environment and Environmental Care
GEOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
- Seashore Geology
- Seashore Ecology - Seashore Survey looking at the Zones
- Illustration of the Seashore Zones
- Explorer Species Information Book
- Seashore Conservation Code
- Beach Clean Survey Form
- Biodegradation Information Sheet
Art, Music, Language and other Activities
- Make a Maze on the Beach
- Creating a Seashore Guide - Scientific Recording and Drawing
- Seashore Treasure Hunt and Making a Flotsam and Jetsam Sea Monster
Setting up a Fish tank in the Classroom
The Marine Institute and Galway Atlantaquaria have developed a programme where local schools are invited to set up and maintain an Explorers Aquarium in their school on a term-by-term basis.
Students learn about the native species found on their local seashore and work as a team maintaining their tank. They also learn about the seashore environment and conservation.
For more information on the Explorers Schools programme contact Galway Atlantaquaria.
Set up your own Aquarium:
The following information maybe used to set up your own tank. However, remember that setting up a fish tank in the classroom should be done on a temporary basis. All native species must be returned to their natural environment.
Additional Marine related Lesson Plans and activities are available that cover SESE curriculum strands linked to geography, mathematics, science and arts.