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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All the Way to the Ocean Book

All the Way to the Ocean is a children's book about two friend's discovery of the harmful effects of ocean pollution. This story deals specifically with storm drain run-off that travels directly into our natural bodies of water. The story will educate readers and inspire them to fight pollution. The book is available for purchase, with companion resources available on this website. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
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Bayville Lesson Plans for the Classroom

In these lesson plans, students will be introduced to the Bay's watershed as it relates to inhabiting animals and ecosystems, economics, and what people are proactively doing to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the Bay's water system. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Nutrients Wetlands Agriculture Wastewater and Stormwater Rivers and Streams
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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Build Your Own Aquifer Activity

A class activity to illustrate how water is stored in an aquifer, how groundwater can become contaminated, and how this contamination ends up in the drinking water well. Ultimately, students should get a clear understanding of how careless use and disposal of harmful contaminants above the ground can potentially end up in the drinking water below the ground. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Toxics Wastewater and Stormwater Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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CBP Bay 101: Wastewater Treatment Plants video

This Chesapeake Bay Program produced video (1 min 21 sec) follows Alan Quimby from Queen Anne's County, Maryland as he explains why treatment plants all throughout the Bay watershed are being upgraded. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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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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Clarity and Turbidity Lesson

Following completion of this lesson, the students will be able to: 1)Identify possible environmental complications that can be attributed to clarity and turbidity 2) Measure the clarity of a body of water. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Toxics Water Quality Monitoring Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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Discover a Watershed: The Watershed Manager Educators Guide

This Project WET publication, is a 193-page guide that contains 19 science-based, multidisciplinary activities that teach what a watershed is, how it works, and why we must all consider ourselves watershed managers. An extensive background section introduces readers to fundamental watershed concepts. Each activity adapts to your local watershed, contains e-links for further internet research, and is correlated to the National Standards for Science. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
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Does it Soak Right In Lesson

Students will which types of land surfaces allow water to soak in, and which cause water to run off the ground. Students will predict the percolation properties of various land surfaces and test various land surfaces and measure and compare the percolation rates. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Drinking and Wastewater Treatment Sourcebook

This sourcebook contains 7 activities for students on drinking and waste water treatment. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
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E.P.A. Student Center Website

This website is organized by categories, such as water, conservation, air. Each section contains links to other sites and helpful information, where students can investigate water ecology, pollution, and more. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate Wetlands Wastewater and Stormwater Air Pollution Rivers and Streams Population
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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