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 River Runs Through It Lesson

Students will explore the impact land use can have on rivers by assessing the impact of a variety of land use scenarios on the health of an imaginary river. They will recommend changes that reduce the impact that each land use scenario has on the river and assess the impact of land use in their schoolyard. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Agriculture Nutrients Sediments Wastewater and Stormwater Forests Urban / Suburban
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Build-A-Pizza Box Solar Oven Activity

Check out this staight forward lesson, that can be adapted for all grade levels, on how to build a solar oven. Launch Resource

  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Building the Basic PVC Wind Turbine Lesson

This lesson plan shows how to make a rugged and inexpensive classroom wind turbine that can be used for lab bench-based blade design experiments. While a few specialized parts are needed (a hub and DC motor), the rest of the components are easily found at most hardware stores. Launch Resource

  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Captain John Smith 400 Project: Curriculum Guide

In conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Geographic Alliance, the Sultana Project has developed a curriculum unit based around the history of John Smith's 1608 voyage and the world of the early 17th century Chesapeake. The Captain John Smith Curriculum Unit consists of eight separate lesson plans designed for 4th and 5th grade students. The unit is aligned with goals and outcomes from the Maryland State Department of Education's voluntary state curriculum. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Agriculture Forests Urban / Suburban Population American Indians John Smith and Colonial Times
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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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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Cool School Challenge Program

The Cool School Challenge aims to motivate students, teachers, and school districts to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions school wide. At the heart of the Cool School Challenge is the philosophy that big changes start with small steps, and that taken together, simple individual actions create a world of difference. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Crafting Models of Efficiency Lesson

This lesson will allow students to use their knowledge on energy and creativity to build energy efficient and non-energy efficient cardboard classroom models. Thus, providing a visual comparison between energy efficient and non-energy efficient classroom models. Launch Resource

  • Subject(s): Art, Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Dead Zones and Coastal Eutrophication PowerPoint Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation discusses the causes and consequences of dead zones. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Fish Nutrients
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
  • Level(s): High School
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Dead Zones: What Can You Do Lesson

Students will discuss how future changes in land use and climate may affect dead zones and exploring the trade-offs associated with human activities and their consequences. Students will then summarize what they have learned about the dead zones and create a public service announcement about what people can do to help decrease the size and duration of dead zones. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate Nutrients Agriculture Forests Urban / Suburban
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Decision Matrix

Teach your students how difficult it can be to be a city planner through this interactive online game. The provided link is for the lesson plan associated with this activity. The module itself is available via the following URL: http://www.cacaponinstitute.org/CILearning/DM/DM.html Launch Resource

Topic(s): Agriculture Forests Urban / Suburban Population
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: West Virginia
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