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Aquatic Times Lesson

Students will investigate, write and produce a newspaper that features aquatic information and issues. They will identify a diversity of issues related to aquatic organisms and habitats, and develop their own opinions concerning some issues involving aquatic life and habitats. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses Wetlands Rivers and Streams
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
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Bay Trippers: Great Green Gobs -  An Experiment with Algae Lesson

This activity is designed to teach students about the impact algae blooms have on submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay. In the activity, students will observe the growth of algae and witness its effects on plant life. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Be the Particle Activity

This activity will show students how sea grasses are important in settling sediment and other particles suspended in the water. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses Sediments
  • Subject(s): Mathematics
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Build-A-Bed Activity

Students will build a seagrass bed in a small wading pools and populate it with some of the species that inhabit the seagrass bed. Engaging children in this activity helps teach them how seagrass is critical habitat to other marine species. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Clear Things Up Activity

Students add nutrients to and observe 3 different jars filled with pond water and various amounts of underwater grass, looking for algal growth over 3-5 days. Phosphorous will be added to the water to stimulate the growth of the algae. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses Nutrients
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Ecology of Submersed Aquatic Vegetation PowerPoint Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation outlines the ecology, importance, and global decline of seagrass. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
  • Level(s): High School
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Eyes on Salinity Lesson

This Eyes on the Bay lesson plan teaches students about the properties of salinity, how to build a hydrometer and use a map to determine salinity tolerance level of different bay species. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Bay Grasses Oysters Fish
  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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Give Me Shelter Sea Grass Activity

Students observe the feeding behavior and success rate of blue gill feeding on brine shrimp in two different environments; one with seagrass and one without. Students will gain a better understand of the following ecological service provided by underwater grasses: underwater grasses provide shelter for wildlife. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses Fish
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Grasses, Grasses Everywhere Lesson

Students will investigate the properties of aquatic grasses (SAV) and compares them to the grass in the school yard. Students will learn how to observe, analyze, classify and compare grasses. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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NOAA Caution, Fix It!: Habitat Restoration Lesson

How can resource managers and concerned public groups repair coastal resources damaged by human activity or natural events? After completing this lesson, students will be able to give at least three examples of natural events and human activities that injure coastal resources, describe at least three cases in which injured coastal resources have been restored by human activity, and describe at least three ways that people have been able to contribute to coastal resource restoration. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wetlands Oyster Reefs Bay Grasses Rivers and Streams
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Data, Lessons and Activities, Multimedia
  • Level(s): High School
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