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 Changing Landscape Poster

This poster will show your students how Jamestown has changed over the years. Launch Resource

Topic(s): John Smith and Colonial Times Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Social Studies
  • Type(s): Posters and Maps
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As the River Flows

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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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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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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Big Dams, Big Dilemmas Lesson

The activity is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills. Students should be able to analyze the effects that existing dams have on the environment, and predict possible effects of proposed dams. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Rivers and Streams
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Captain John Smith Curriculum Unit

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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Captain John Smith’s Map of the Chesapeake Bay Lesson

Students will learn how to interpret a primary sources, John Smith's map and excerpts from Smith's journal. They will then identify places on a map that show John Smith's routes and identify map elements. Keywords: John Smith, history, map Launch Resource

Topic(s): Agriculture Forests Urban / Suburban American Indians John Smith and Colonial Times
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • 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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Colonial History Unit - Sea of Change

Sultana's Colonial History classroom unit, entitled "Sea of Change: Sultana, the Tea Taxes and the Dawn of the American Revolution," is targeted towards 4-6th grade students. The unit examines the world of pre-revolutionary America through the lens of the 1768 British Royal Navy tax collecting schooner Sultana. Launch Resource

Topic(s): John Smith and Colonial Times American Indians
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide
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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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