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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Anatomy of a White Perch

From gill plates to caudal fin, this graphic show the anatomy of a white perch. A brief description of the function of each body part is also included. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Fish
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Posters and Maps
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Build-A-Fish Lesson

Students learn about fish anatomy and morphology and discover how the shapes of a fish's parts are related to how the fish functions. Younger students can also assemble a paper fish from prepared parts. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Fish
  • Subject(s): Art, Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Catch, Tag and Release

Determining the number of fish living in a given body of water is crucial to maintaining fish stocks and preserving species. During this lesson, students participate in a simulation of fish tagging and recapture, a method used by marine biologists and fisheries managers to estimate fish populations. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Fish
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School, High School
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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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Chessie Returns: A Chesapeake Story and Coloring Book

Chessie, a friendly Bay monster, returns in this coloring story book to represents all those creatures that depend on the Bay for food and habitat. Chessie delivers a conservation message to children and adults alike, stressing the importance of what YOU can do to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. This story book also contains information and an A-Mazing-ing Maze on the conservation of Striped Bass, a bay "search and find" puzzle, and instructions for making a "Food Web Mobile." Any teacher, school or school district may reproduce this for class use without permission. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Fish Population
  • Subject(s): Art
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
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Classified Information

Students learn the basic concepts of classification by sorting imaginary creatures to create an identification key in "Creature Feature", then, move on to using a key to classify and identify some of the local species of fish here at Hard Bargain Farm in "Fishin' for a Name". Recommended as a preparation or follow-up activity for Birds Up Close, Fish Adaptations, Habitat Hike, and Up A Creek courses at Hard Bargain Farm. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Fish Biosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Elementary School
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Design a Reef

This activity is designed to acquaint students with some of the ecological roles that are typical of coral reefs, and to provide a basis for student inferences about the ecology of deep-water reef communities. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oyster Reefs Oysters Fish
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
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Discover the Chesapeake

This portion of the Chesapeake Bay Program's website is one of the best Chesapeake Bay-related informational resources around. It features Bay 101 video clips, a Bay FAQ, a Bay glossary and provides information on the Bay ecosystem, history, and watershed. The website also includes one of the most comprehensive Field Guides to the Chesapeake Bay, completely available online! Launch Resource

Topic(s): Blue Crabs John Smith and Colonial Times Fish
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Multimedia
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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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Eyes on the Bay Curriculum

These resources and lesson plans were developed to support science and environmental studies educators in integrating these topics within the regular curriculum when studying Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays. The goal is to integrate student learning of science concepts with the use of technology and current scientific data. In this lesson series, the Eyes on the Bay website is used to gather information and interpret data. Each lesson can be used individually or as a complete package to teach water quality concepts. Educators may adapt any of the lessons to meet their specific needs. Lessons focus on salinity, dissolved oxygen, and harmful algal blooms and are aligned to Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum (Grades 6-8 & Grades 9-12). Launch Resource

Topic(s): Biosphere Nutrients Fish Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Data
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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