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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Acid Rain: Where Have All the Rainbows Gone Lesson

Using a Soil pH lab, students will investigate the source, mechanism of formation, form, and effect of acid precipitation. Over the course of four class periods (40-45 minutes each), students will develop a basic understanding for the pH scale, the mechanism for acid precipitation formation, and the underlying social and economic issues beneath the problem. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Aquatic Times Lesson

Students will investigate, write and produce a newspaper that features aquatic information and issues. They will identify a diversity of issues related to aquatic organisms and habitats, and develop their own opinions concerning some issues involving aquatic life and habitats. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses Wetlands Rivers and Streams
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
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Bay and Pond Food Webs Lesson

Students will examine the food web of aquatic and estuarine ecosystems by acting out the Bay food web and diagramming the flow of energy through it. Students will also discuss the impact of pollution, loss of underwater grasses, and over-fishing on the Bay's animal resources. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses Rivers and Streams Biosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Bay-B-C’s Guide

This booklet is a compilation of Bay related activities and lesson plans for K to 3rd grade students. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Nutrients Water Quality Monitoring Toxics Sediments Wetlands
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
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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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Chesapeake Bay - An Introduction to an Ecosystem Guide

A comprehensive overview of the geology and waters of the Chesapeake Bay, biological communities, living resources and more. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Biosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
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Chesapeake Bay Activity Book

This activity book features activities for elementary students featuring coloring pages, crosswords, and other activities centered around coastal science. Launch Resource

  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Elementary School
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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Website

Explore National Geographic's interactive online map of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about land use by exploring real-time data and interactive map layers. Your class can also conduct stream studies and enter their data online to use some cool analysis tools, and to share data with other schools. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Agriculture Water Quality Monitoring Wetlands Forests Urban / Suburban Population
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Data, Multimedia
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Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Website

Learn about a kit designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc., and is aimed at the middle school grade level. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with six other federal agencies (National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USDA/Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management), developed the kit to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation's wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become climate stewards. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate Wetlands Forests Population
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Conserving Water Lesson

Students will discuss the different uses of water, inventory their own water use, and discuss ways to promote water conservation. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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