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When you picture a beach, you see seashells along it. However, that image is changing as seashells are disappearing more and more! This science reading article shares how human impact on ocean ecosystems, ocean acidification, tourism and more are impacting the environment. Learn how seashells play an key role for sustaining beach organisms and the ecosystem. Read and learn more about this important topic!

Objective: The purpose of this article is to provide an authentic learning experience for students. The science article is timely, and uses current science events and discoveries that are occurring in our world.

Students will read non-fiction, science oriented text. Using annotation skills and critical reading skills make this a good interdisciplinary practice activity as well. The key word section includes definitions for terms that may not be familiar to students.

Questions to answer are related to the information and are open ended for the best student reflections. The extension section enables both students and teachers to further delve into the ideas and topics presented in the article.

Science Concepts: Environmental impact of seashell loss, human impact on ocean based ecosystems, sustainability and conservation.

Lesson and Teacher Tips: If completing an activity like this for the first time, teacher modeling is great to demonstrate “thinking out loud” strategies. To save on paper, class copies of the articles (option – plastic sleeves) are great! Make enough copies of the questions page for students to each have their own.

This article was thoroughly researched and cross referenced. References are included at the end to provide more information and resources for further learning.

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