Teaching Resources

Teaching environmental issues in your classroom is a critical component of providing your students a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience. Discover a wealth Chesapeake Bay related books, multimedia, curriculum guides, individual lesson plans and online data sources.

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Turtles in My Sandbox Book

Turtles in My Sandbox teaches kids why turtles might be laying eggs in sandboxes rather than on their usual nesting site—the beach –and what some children are doing to help conserve this reptile. The author Jennifer partnered with the Maryland State Department of Education, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, and Department of Natural Resources to create the website that accompanies this book.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Keywords: habitat and niche, restoration, wildlife

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Osprey Adventure Book

The heartwarming Osprey Adventure relays the way in which a boy and his biologist father save a large bird of prey from certain death. The tale is based on the work of real Bay hero, biologist Pete McGowan, who has studied these fish hawks for years and believes that most osprey nests unfortunately contain human trash that can be hazardous to the birds.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Keywords: habitat and niche, litter, trash and recycling, predator prey relationships, restoration, wildlife

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Turning the Tide on Trash: A Learning Guide on Marine Debris

Educators, parents, students, and researchers can use NOAA's “Turning the Tide on Trash” as they explore the serious impacts marine debris can have on wildlife, the environment, our well being, and our economy. This interdisciplinary guide can be used as a stand-alone teaching tool, or individual activities within the guide may be used to supplement work in other subject areas. Students searching for science fair projects can also adapt some of these lessons into research projects.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: litter, trash and recycling, restoration, water quality, wildlife, tides

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Baby Owl's Rescue Book

This book is a realistic fiction based on the remarkable work of regional expert Kathy Woods. The tale features a brother and sister duo and their wildlife rehabilitator mom who know just what to do when they find that a baby owl has fallen out of its nest.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Keywords: habitat and niche, restoration, wildlife

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Riverworks Discovery: Wheel House Log Book

The Hudson, Delaware, Susquehanna, Potomac, and James Rivers are some of the most important in the Mid-Atlantic region. These historic rivers contribute to our nation’s economy, history, and culture. This information and activity packet provides content on watersheds, early exploration of the region, the history of water travel and trade, and more.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, development, air pollution and fossil fuels, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, litter, trash and recycling, Native American, restoration, transportation

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Healthy Water, Healthy People

Healthy Water, Healthy People is an innovative water quality education program sponsored by Project WET and the Hach Scientific Foundation. The goal of Healthy Water, Healthy People is to make complex concepts of water quality relevant and meaningful for you and those you teach. The program offers hands-on activities, an Educator’s Guide, testing kits, training, and much more. The Healthy Water, Healthy People Educator’s Guide, geared at Grades 6-12, contains twenty-five hands-on activities that are ideal for teaching complete water quality units as well as a supplement to existing curriculum.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities, Supplies
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: pollution, watershed, restoration, water quality, water testing

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Green Eggs and Sand

Green Eggs and Sand is a Tri-State Horseshoe Crab/Shorebird Education Program. The curriculum, designed for middle and high schools students, was developed by coastal managers and teachers from Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. Teacher workshops are held on the spawning of the horseshoe crab, the interrelationships with other species and how management decisions are made. The first three curricular modules were designed so you can introduce your students to the lives of horseshoe crabs, their extraordinary history, ecological niche, and interrelationships with other species. The fourth and culminating module integrates all this information to prepare students to confront the multi-faceted challenge of managing horseshoe crabs, a natural resource. Parts of this curriculum may be used independently. Optional extension activities are included to increase your flexibility. The curriculum interdisciplinary with lessons that integrate one or more of the following subjects: history, science, language arts, reading, and math.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland, National Science Education
Keywords: food web, habitat and niche, predator prey relationships, restoration, wildlife

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Chesapeake Bay - An Introduction to an Ecosystem Guide

A comprehensive overview of the geology and waters of the Chesapeake Bay, biological communities, living resources and more.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Books and Publications
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, watershed, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, restoration, water quality, wildlife

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All the Way to the Ocean Book

All the Way to the Ocean is a children's book about two friend's discovery of the harmful effects of ocean pollution. This story deals specifically with storm drain run-off that travels directly into our natural bodies of water. The story will educate readers and inspire them to fight pollution. The book is available for purchase, with companion resources available on this website.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Keywords: pollution, non-point source, water cycle and movement, stormwater, restoration

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Wetlands Reading List Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

The Wetlands Reading List is an annotated list of printed material that will supplement lesson plans and provide students with suggestions for independent reading on wetlands. This is a great resource to help you find the wetlands book you are looking for!

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, watershed, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, restoration, wildlife

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Pros and Cons of Artificial Reefs

This lesson asks students to consider whether artificial reefs (human-made objects in the ocean or sea) are good for marine ecosystems. Students will look at pictures of artificial reefs and read articles describing the pros and cons of these structures.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: oyster, restoration, fish

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Nutrients and the Bay

In this activity, students will be introduced to the Bay's watershed and related vocabulary, and then watch a series of five videos that show how these nutrients end up in the Bay and what people are proactively doing to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the Bay's water system.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: pollution, point source, non-point source, wetland, land use, agriculture, stormwater, erosion, litter, trash and recycling, restoration, stream study, water quality, student action

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Riparian Buffers Lesson

Students will examine how riparian buffers protect tributaries from polluted runoff by building a watershed model to illistrate the role of bufferes in proecting waterways. Students will form hypotheses, conduct an experiment, report findings, and draw conclusions.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: forest, restoration

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Bay-B-C's Guide

This booklet is a compilation of Bay related activities and lesson plans for K to 3rd grade students.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities, Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, watershed, habitat and niche, restoration, water quality, wildlife

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Restoring a Stream Lesson

Students will learn the practical steps needed to protect and restore the habitat at a local stream. Student will identify a local stream that needs protection or restoration and plan an action project to protect and restore the stream. Students will Use photos and journal records to document and share progress of restoration project.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: habitat and niche, restoration

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