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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A Salty Experiment Lesson

This experiment teaches students about how salt and fresh water in a typical estuary layer and mix. Though this activity was designed for the New Jersey Harbor Estuary Education Program, the properties it described are relevant for the Chesapeake Bay. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Amazing Ice Cubes

This short lesson is intended to be used as part of a unit on water or properties of matter, or simply as a fun and motivating lesson. Unlike nearly all other substances, water expands when it freezes, and shrinks when it melts. Students discover this unusual property by observing the mesmerizing process of an ice cube melting in cooking oil. Simultaneously, a surprising teacher demonstration prepared at the beginning of the lesson is monitored and discussed at the end of the lesson. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Are You a River Keeper?

Learners will utilize fundamental techniques to determine the health of a local river. They will collect, compile, display and interpret their data. The students will focus on how water speed affects rates of erosion and deposition. They will focus on the history of, reasons for, and possible solutions to excessive deposition in the southern branch of the Muskegon River or waterway in their community. Through the writing and performing of a short theatrical activity, learners will summarize articles they have read to increase environmental awareness. Learners will become aware of global issues of clean water scarcity. Learners will investigate the many causes of river water pollution and relate them to their sources. Students will then identify four sectors of society and how each can be an agent for change. They will locate and write letters to public service, nonprofit organizations in support of water clarity. After presenting their findings to peers, students will distribute a self-designed pledge, requesting households to commit to positive change. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide
  • Level(s): Middle School
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Beach Profiling Lesson

Waves, wind and currents shape the beach redistributing tons of sand each day. During this activity, students gather data that measures the surface of the beach using a method that simulates the way marine scientists and coastal geologists study our dynamic beaches. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Geosphere
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Beach Zonation Lesson

During this activity, students investigate beach zonation by gathering and comparing sand samples gathered from different areas of the beach. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Benthic Macroinvertebrate Portal

Learn about macroinvertebrates and their stream habitats with these interactive, online activities. This is a great multimedia tool for teachers who cannot get their class to a stream to learn about using macroinvertebrates as an indicator species. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Rivers and Streams
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Data, Multimedia
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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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Build-a-Buoy with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office helps a range of students, from elementary school through high school, build buoys to introduce them to concepts behind observational platforms, to help connect them with their local ecosystem, and to help track measurements in that ecosystem. For older students, this project can enhance outdoor experiences that build upon the NOAA Chesapeake Exploration curriculum or other data-driven meaningful watershed educational experiences, and the data collected by the buoy can be uploaded to the web on sites such as National Geographic FieldScope. Students as young as kindergarteners can learn basic principles of science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as marine navigation and observation, through Build-a-Buoy projects. They love this interactive, engaging activity. This is a great program for all age levels, be sure to check it out! Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate Water Quality Monitoring Rivers and Streams
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Catch A Wave Curriculum Guide

Catch A Wave uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the causes and effects of ocean waves and tides. The Earth's oceans are in constant motion and through this project, students will discover the causes and effects of the movement of the water on the shoreline and humans. Students will use real time and archived data from the internet and monitor water height all over the country. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively about the effects of ocean waves and tides. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Data
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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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