Teaching Resources

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Acid Rain: Where Have All the Rainbows Gone Lesson

Using a Soil pH lab, students will investigate the source, mechanism of formation, form, and effect of acid precipitation. Over the course of four class periods (40-45 minutes each), students will develop a basic understanding for the pH scale, the mechanism for acid precipitation formation, and the underlying social and economic issues beneath the problem. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) - Investigations

Scientists measure Bay water temperatures, turbidity (clearness of the water), and other "indicators" to monitor the health of the Chesapeake Bay. "Indicators" give us information about the quality of Bay waters. If you have ever wondered how muddy waters impact underwater plants in the Chesapeake, or how steamy summer temperatures affect water quality, explore the interactive investigations provided on this NOAA website. These short activities use real-time and stored data from the CBIBS to help you answer these and other water quality questions. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Data, Multimedia
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Chesapeake Exploration

NOAA's Chesapeake Exploration is a new and innovative collection of online activities for middle and high school students that brings the science of the Chesapeake Bay to life. Chesapeake Exploration gives teachers and their students unprecedented access to lessons designed around real-time observational data from the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. Inside a virtual classroom, Chesapeake Exploration guides students through an engaging investigative process that explores natural and human systems and cycles and the ways in which they interact throughout the Bay and its watershed. Teachers can create a unique online environment for their classrooms, including locking parameters such as date/time so all students use the same data sets and storing student answers online for easy grading. Using Chesapeake Exploration, students can (1) Query observational platforms throughout the Bay from their classroom or home; (2)Use National Geographic's Fieldscope to investigate the natural and human systems in the Bay's watershed and answer geospatial questions; and (3) Populate "dynamic worksheets" that ask them to think through scientific principles related to water quality and weather phenomena using current observation data. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Atmosphere Fish Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Data, Lessons and Activities, Posters and Maps
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Estuarine Currents Lesson

During this lesson, students can observe a demonstration or conduct an experiment that models density-driven currents. Following completion of this lesson, the students will be able to relate water temperature and salinity to the formation of estuarine currents. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Hydrosphere Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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Eyes on Dissolved Oxygen Lesson

With this Eyes on the Bay lesson, students will describe factors that influence dissolved oxygen levels in the Chesapeake Bay, practice using a probe to measure dissolved oxygen and describe things they can do to improve DO level in the bay. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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Falling Hydrogen Ions Lesson

Students will explores the relationship between hydrogen ions, pH, and acid rain. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Air Pollution Atmosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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History of a Cookie Lesson

Students will identify the parts of the inner tree from the bark to the pith of the tree and develop a topic of student interest to find a historical event for each growth ring. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Forests Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Learning About Acid Rain - A Teacher’s Guide

This guide is written at a 6th grade level and the language, concepts and experiments may need to be adapted for other grades accordingly. After reading the guide and doing some of the experiments and activities, students will have a better understanding of acid rain and the problems it causes, as well as a greater interest in its resolution and in applied environmental science. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide
  • Level(s): Middle School
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Local Weather and the Ocean Activity

Students will use current and yearly average temperature data to assess how the ocean affects air temperatures. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Atmosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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NOAA Estuaries 101 Curriculum - Earth Science Module 4: Extreme Weather and Estuaries

Students investigate how hurricanes can affect NERRS estuaries. Students begin by studying the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCNERR) in the Cape Fear area with Google Earth and predict which areas of the reserve might be more vulnerable to the onslaught of high winds, heavy rain and storm surge than others. Then students monitor and interpret the changes in water quality factors day by day as a severe storm approaches, strikes the estuary, and then dissipates. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Atmosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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