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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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 Trippers: Great Green Gobs -  An Experiment with Algae Lesson

This activity is designed to teach students about the impact algae blooms have on submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay. In the activity, students will observe the growth of algae and witness its effects on plant life. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Build-A-Bed Activity

Students will build a seagrass bed in a small wading pools and populate it with some of the species that inhabit the seagrass bed. Engaging children in this activity helps teach them how seagrass is critical habitat to other marine species. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Ecology of Submersed Aquatic Vegetation PowerPoint Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation outlines the ecology, importance, and global decline of seagrass. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
  • Level(s): High School
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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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NOAA Estuaries 101 Curriculum - Physical Science Module 2: Dissolved Oxygen in the Estuary

In this activity, students (grades 9-12) learn about dissolved oxygen(DO) and its effects on life, with a focus on the chemistry. First, they are introduced to, and analyze data gathered from, water quality sensors in Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), observing how DO and chlorophyll-a change from the surface to the bottom and considering the relationships between DO and temperature. Then, in the unique environment of Azevedo Pond in the Elkhorn Slough NERR, CA, they analyze DO data and speculate about how hydrodynamics, abiotic factors, and biological processes cause extreme fluctuations in DO in the pond. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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SAV Species Found in Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries

This site provides a list of the species of aquatic grass (SAV) that live in the bay. Learn how to identify each of the species. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Sea Grasses - The Importance of Light Lesson

This activity will show students the importance of light availability in seagrass health. Students will learn about the things that can prevent seagrass from receiving light, including suspended sediments and chemicals. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Sea Grasses Online Learning Module

Take a Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Modules Tour to learn more about seagrasses, the trends these plants are experiencing, and what kind of seagrass research scientists are working on. Learn how these vast "prairies" of underwater grass form complex ecosystems that are very important, not only to the health of their surrounding marine environment but to people as well. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
  • Level(s): High School
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Submerged Aquatic Education Lesson

In this activity, you will design an experiment to investigate how various factors affect the health of one of the Bay's most important habitats, aquatic grass beds. You will use this information to determine what could be done to help SAV in your area. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Bay Grasses
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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