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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All the Way to the Ocean Book

All the Way to the Ocean is a children's book about two friend's discovery of the harmful effects of ocean pollution. This story deals specifically with storm drain run-off that travels directly into our natural bodies of water. The story will educate readers and inspire them to fight pollution. The book is available for purchase, with companion resources available on this website. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
  • 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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Cow In and Out Game

In this fun and informative activity, students learn the "ins" and "outs" of cattle. The "Cow In and Out Game" requires students to decide what goes into the cows, and what comes from them by sorting a variety of items. Recommended as a preparation activity for any of the agriculture courses offered at Hard Bargain Farm, especially for younger students. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Agriculture
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Elementary School
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Exploring Our Watershed System Lesson

In this lesson students develop an of how watershed systems are made up and explore a part of the Susquehanna watershed system and map out the system. Then they will learn how water enters a watershed system and explain the concept of stream order. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Rivers and Streams Biosphere Hydrosphere Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Finding Human-Environment Interaction

Students scan the newspaper for examples of human-environment interaction. In studying human/environment interaction, geographers look at all the effects--positive and negative--that occur when people interact with their surroundings. Sometimes a human act, such as damming a river to prevent flooding or to provide irrigation, requires consideration of the potential consequences. The construction of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, for example, changed the natural landscape, but it also created a reservoir that helps provide water and electric power for the arid Southwest. Studying the consequences of human/environment interaction helps people plan and manage the environment responsibly. (source:http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/education/themes.html) Launch Resource

Topic(s): Government Population Air Pollution
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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Get to the Point! Nonpoint Source Pollution Lesson

Students will learn the sources of nonpoint pollution runoff, identify contaminants found in urban runoff, learn methods used to measure toxicity, and describe actions to reduce nonpoint sources of pollution. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Nutrients Toxics Sediments Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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How To: Build a Watershed Model

This is a good project for talking with school children about water pollution and what they can do to prevent it. It's also a great indoor conservation project and travels well to expos and county fairs. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Sediments Nutrients Toxics Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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In Your Watershed

How do people impact a community's watershed and its freshwater supplies? In this activity, students learn the components of a watershed, identify examples of point and nonpoint source pollution, and then build a 3-D watershed model. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
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Manure Management for Youth Projects

"Manure Management Planning for Youth Animal Projects" is a curriculum full of hands-on activities, career exploration, and more. It includes chapters on manure composition, soil types, how plants utilize manure, manure impacts on water, mapping for planning, and the basics of a PA Manure Management Plan Launch Resource

Topic(s): Agriculture Mammals Nutrients Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School, High School
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Nonpoint Source Pollution Awareness: What’s Wrong with This Picture?

The people in this picture are taking care of their home and car, but they are doing many things that can damage the environment, especially our water. Can your students identify all of the things they are doing incorrectly? Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Sediments Nutrients Toxics Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Population Biosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Posters and Maps
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