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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Chesapeake Bay Field Guide

One of the most comprehensive informational resources on the plants and critters that call the Chesapeake home. Just click on a critter for details about the organism you're interested in. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Invasives Blue Crabs Mammals Oysters Biosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Multimedia
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Chesapeake Science on the Internet for Educators (ChesSIE) Lesson Plans

These sites support state-specific and national standards with icons. These sites that outline the standards are marked with a ribbon labeled for the appropriate state or national standards. You can learn more about these standards by visiting the ChesSIE Standards page. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Blue Crabs Nutrients Toxics Sediments Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High 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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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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Estuaries: Scenes of Transition Poster

The EPA provides "Estuaries: Scenes of Transition Poster" free of charge at this site. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Oysters Blue Crabs
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Posters and Maps
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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 Estuaries Lesson

Students will learn how we monitor and compare living resources in U.S. estuaries. Students will retrieve and interpret data on the distribution of selected estuarine animals at various stages in the life history of these animals and relate these distributions to salinity conditions. Then compare the distribution of selected species in two or more estuaries, and to draw inferences about the ecology of these estuaries. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Blue Crabs Fish Oysters Birds Mammals
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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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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