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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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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Elementary Oyster Unit

The elementary portion of the Oysters on the Chesapeake Bay learning sequence consists of six lessons; one for each grade in Kindergarten through 5th. Each lesson targets an important area in the study of oysters: individually, as part of an ecosystem, and in oyster restoration. While not directly building on each other, the lessons incorporate age-appropriate skills used in previous lessons and build new skills. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oyster Reefs Oysters
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Elementary School
  • Aligned with the following standards: NGSS Maryland
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High School Oyster Unit

The challenge for this investigative unit is to answer the following question: How do we increase Chesapeake Bay oyster populations, while providing economic, cultural, and ecological benefits? Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oysters Oyster Reefs
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: NGSS Maryland
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Juvenile Oyster Disease: A Growing Problem Lesson

Students will determine if oyster size, time of planting, or water temperature is significant in relation to the onset of juvenile oyster disease using data from the University of Maine. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oysters Oyster Reefs
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Line Graph of MD Oyster Harvests 1952 - 2010

This handout contains data and a line graph showing the oyster harvest from 1952-2010. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oysters Oyster Reefs
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Data, Multimedia
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Middle School Oyster Unit

The lesson sequence will engage students in a local environmental issue by showing them the historical context of how the Eastern oyster populations and the Chesapeake Bay watershed have changed since the time of Captain John Smith. Students learn about water quality parameters and have opportunities to investigate the effect of land use on water quality and ultimately the oyster populations and the reef ecosystems. Finally, students are asked to learn about the effect of management practices on water quality and asked to suggest ways that these can be used to increase the health of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and its water supply through healthy oyster reef systems. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oysters Oyster Reefs
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: NGSS 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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Oyster Gardens: No Soil Required Lesson

Using data from Maryland Sea Grant Oyster Gardening Program, students will calculate oyster survivorship rates in Chesapeake Bay rivers. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oyster Reefs Oysters
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Oyster Reef Communities in the Chesapeake Bay (multimedia CD-ROM )

This CD includes three main sections: Oyster Reefs: Community Centers for the Estuary, Science in Action: Putting the Puzzle Together and Saving Our Bay: The Next Steps. Learn about the wonders of oyster reef communities. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oyster Reefs Oysters
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Oystering on the Chesapeake - Explorations 1 - 5

The Oystering on the Chesapeake Curriculum is series of multi-disciplinary lesson plans designed to introduce students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to the economic, environmental, and cultural significance of the oystering industry of the Chesapeake Bay. These explorations include On board a Skipjack, Dead Reckoning, Payday!, From Bay to Table, and A Day in the Life of an Oyster Packinghouse. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oyster Reefs Oysters
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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