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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Total Results: 14

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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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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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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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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NOAA Estuaries 101 Curriculum - Physical Science Module 2: Dissolved Oxygen in the Estuary

In this activity, students (grades 9-12) learn about dissolved oxygen(DO) and its effects on life, with a focus on the chemistry. First, they are introduced to, and analyze data gathered from, water quality sensors in Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), observing how DO and chlorophyll-a change from the surface to the bottom and considering the relationships between DO and temperature. Then, in the unique environment of Azevedo Pond in the Elkhorn Slough NERR, CA, they analyze DO data and speculate about how hydrodynamics, abiotic factors, and biological processes cause extreme fluctuations in DO in the pond. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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SAV Species Found in Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries

This site provides a list of the species of aquatic grass (SAV) that live in the bay. Learn how to identify each of the species. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Submerged Aquatic Education Lesson

In this activity, you will design an experiment to investigate how various factors affect the health of one of the Bay's most important habitats, aquatic grass beds. You will use this information to determine what could be done to help SAV in your area. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Database

This VIMS website provides access to maps of the historic and present distribution of SAV, GIS data and reports on SAV distributions in the Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva Peninsula Coastal Bays. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Data
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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Education

A resource housing lab excercises and multiple journal articles and PowerPoint presentations all focusing on underwater grass (SAV). Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Supplies
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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