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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Algae Boom and Bust Lesson

Climate change and increasing water temperatures, along with added nutrients from human activities, impact both aquatic ecosystems and the people who depend on them. In this experiment-based lesson, students examine one outcome -- algae blooms. Key concepts students will learn include (1) Human activities often have unintended consequences. (2) Algae are simple, green aquatic plants that are the basis of many food chains. (3) An increase in water temperature and nutrients can cause algae populations to proliferate rapidly in "blooms," which threaten the health of ecosystems. (4) The changing global climate is affecting the frequency and location of algae blooms. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Nutrients
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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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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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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Effect of Nutrients in the Bay Graphic

An excellent overhead describing the harmful effects of nutrients in the Bay and the process of eutrophication. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Nutrients
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
  • Level(s): High School
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Eyes on Harmful Algal Blooms Lesson

This Eyes on the Bay lesson teachers students about algal blooms. Students will describe harmful algae and their distribution in the Bay and then apply what they learned to identify ways to lessen algal growth. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Nutrients
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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Eyes on the Bay Curriculum

These resources and lesson plans were developed to support science and environmental studies educators in integrating these topics within the regular curriculum when studying Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays. The goal is to integrate student learning of science concepts with the use of technology and current scientific data. In this lesson series, the Eyes on the Bay website is used to gather information and interpret data. Each lesson can be used individually or as a complete package to teach water quality concepts. Educators may adapt any of the lessons to meet their specific needs. Lessons focus on salinity, dissolved oxygen, and harmful algal blooms and are aligned to Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum (Grades 6-8 & Grades 9-12). Launch Resource

Topic(s): Biosphere Nutrients Fish Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Data
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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Fish and Pollution

In this lesson, students identify what fish need to survive and learn about how human activity can change aquatic environments in ways that are detrimental to survival of fish and other aquatic animals. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Fish Nutrients Toxics Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Elementary School
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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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Graphing Aquatic Insects Lesson

Students will identify and name different aquatic insects, then create a graphic representation of the number of different species of insects found. Using this information they will determine the quality of the water in which the insects were found. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Nutrients Sediments Toxics Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Rivers and Streams
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  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Habitat Squeeze and Hypoxia Activity

This exercise demonstrates how dead zones can create a "habitat squeeze" for aquatic organisms. Students will understand how physical factors influence where an organism can live; students will understand how dead zones can lead to a decrease in the amount of suitable habitat available to aquatic organisms. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Fish Nutrients Biosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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