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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NOAA Who Moved The Beach: Shoreline Erosion

In this lesson students will learn the primary causes and impacts of coastal erosion, and how should human communities respond to this process. In this lesson students will identify coastal erosion as a natural process, explain how human activity can increase the risks associated with coastal erosion, and identify options for reducing risks caused by coastal erosion, and discuss the advantages and problems associated with these options. Students will also analyze and interpret beach elevation data, and make inferences from these data about the relative vulnerability of different beaches to coastal erosion. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Sediments Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Data, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Nonpoint Source Pollution Awareness: What’s Wrong with This Picture?

The people in this picture are taking care of their home and car, but they are doing many things that can damage the environment, especially our water. Can your students identify all of the things they are doing incorrectly? Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Sediments Nutrients Toxics Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Population Biosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Posters and Maps
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Nonpoint Source Pollution Tutorial

The Pollution Tutorial will help you learn about nonpoint source pollution, which is pollution from sources that can't be tied to a specific location (city streets, farm fields, etc.) You'll read about the history and types of nonpoint source pollution, methods used to detect pollutants, and assess and reduce their damaging effects on the environment. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Wastewater and Stormwater Air Pollution Toxics Nutrients Sediments Population Atmosphere Hydrosphere Biosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Protect the Water

In this lesson, students will learn about the CWA and develop a list of goals to help keep local water clean and healthy. You may wish to conduct some additional research before teaching this lesson to learn about any state or local laws (such as setbacks or zoning) designed to help keep water clean. A good resource to start with is your state's Clean Marinas webpage. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Nutrients Toxics Sediments Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Government
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Rain Storms, Landuse, and Lake Turbidity Lesson

Students will begin to understand the relationships between rainfall, landuse, and turbidity (suspended particulate material) in lakes. Students will identify factors that increase turbidity in lakes and describe and quantify the impacts of major rainfall events on turbidity values in a lake. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Sediments Agriculture Forests Urban / Suburban Atmosphere Climate
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Salt Marsh in a Pan Activity

Students create a model of a salt marsh to discover the impact of pollution and human activities on water-based habitats including bays and the ocean. Model may also be used to demonstrate salt marsh functions, non-point source pollution and watershed concepts. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Nutrients Toxics Sediments Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Wetlands
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Sedimentation Blues Presentation

Learn about sediment and the impact it has on stream communities Launch Resource

Topic(s): Sediments Rivers and Streams Geosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Speed of a Forest Stream Lesson

Students examine the effect the force of water speed can have on the shape of landscapes. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Sediments Forests Rivers and Streams Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Striped Bass are Turning Ugly

In this activity, 6-8th grade students will analyze data and maps to understand how increased population growth impacts the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Then they will explore how the health of the Bay affects its animals. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Nutrients Toxics Sediments Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Fish Population
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
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Surface Water Sourcebook

The Water Sourcebooks contain 324 activities for grades K-12 divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 5-8, and 9-12. Each section is divided into five chapters: Introduction to Water, Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water Resources, Ground Water Resources, and Wetlands and Coastal Waters. This environmental education program explains the water management cycle using a balanced approach showing how it affects all aspects of the environment.All activities contain hands-on investigations, fact sheets, reference materials, and a glossary of terms. Activities are organized by objectives, materials needed, background information, advance preparation, procedures, and resources. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Sediments Nutrients Toxics Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Hydrosphere Wetlands
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide
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