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 Walk in the Woods Lesson

Students will observe and identify the various levels (zones) and components of the forest by name. Students will describe interactions that occur in the forest ecosystem and how humans impact forest ecosystems. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Forests
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Adopt A Tree Lesson

Students will discover the importance of trees by adopting a tree and observing the tree over several visits throughout the year. Students will observe the tree's seasonal changes, discover the life history of a tree, and witness a wide variety of birds, insects and mammals that live in trees. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Forests
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Animal Groups Lesson

Students will learn wild animals require four basic habitat components: food, water, cover, and space. And that animals can be divided into five distinct groups: mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Birds Fish Mammals
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Animal Species Richness Lesson

Students will investigate species richness of Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Students will learn about their local biodiversity and relate the habitat to the types of species found. Students will identify at least 50 animal species that are indigenous to Tioga County. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Forests
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • 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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ARKive

ARKive is a centralized and authoritative multimedia digital library of the world's best images, films and audio recordings of Earth's most threatened species. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Birds Blue Crabs Fish Oysters Mammals
  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Bald Eagle Information

This site offers lesson plans, activities and information about bald eagles from their migration to conservation. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Birds
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia
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Bay Dreaming Bookstore

Here's a site that lists various books about the Chesapeake Bay's history, conservation, travel destinations, etc. Launch Resource

Topic(s): American Indians Birds John Smith and Colonial Times
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
  • Level(s): High School
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Bay Trippers Website

Use this site to search for lesson plans, take a virtual sailing trip around the bay, or explore way's you can help the Bay. Launch Resource

Topic(s): American Indians John Smith and Colonial Times Biosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Bay, Plain and Piedmont - A Landscape History of the Chesapeake Heartland

This book explores the cultural and natural heritages of the Chesapeake Bay heartland, a region that extends through parts of south-central Pennsylvania, eastern Maryland and Virginia, and all of the District of Columbia. The book moves from the earliest geological evidence of life in the Chesapeake Bay heartland--evidence that is at least 1.3 billion years old--to 2000. Launch Resource

Topic(s): American Indians Sediments Forests John Smith and Colonial Times Geosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
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