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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Build Your Own Aquifer Activity

A class activity to illustrate how water is stored in an aquifer, how groundwater can become contaminated, and how this contamination ends up in the drinking water well. Ultimately, students should get a clear understanding of how careless use and disposal of harmful contaminants above the ground can potentially end up in the drinking water below the ground. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Toxics Wastewater and Stormwater Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Clarity and Turbidity Lesson

Following completion of this lesson, the students will be able to: 1)Identify possible environmental complications that can be attributed to clarity and turbidity 2) Measure the clarity of a body of water. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Toxics Water Quality Monitoring Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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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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Health Indicators in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Lesson

Focus on how human actions affect environmental conditions. Learn about efforts to improve the bay's health and identify a local action plan for preserving or restoring a resource in their own communities. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Nutrients Sediments Toxics Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
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Healthy Water, Healthy People

Healthy Water, Healthy People is an innovative water quality education program sponsored by Project WET and the Hach Scientific Foundation. The goal of Healthy Water, Healthy People is to make complex concepts of water quality relevant and meaningful for you and those you teach. The program offers hands-on activities, an Educator's Guide, testing kits, training, and much more. The Healthy Water, Healthy People Educator's Guide, geared at Grades 6-12, contains twenty-five hands-on activities that are ideal for teaching complete water quality units as well as a supplement to existing curriculum. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Nutrients Sediments Toxics Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities, Supplies
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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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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Introduction to the Biotic Water Quality of a Stream

This lesson allows students to learn the Biotic Water Quality Score (BWQS) method for collecting macroinvertebrates. Organisms with a high sensitivity to reduced oxygen levels are given a high numerical value. Organisms that can thrive in low oxygen levels are given a low numerical value. Factors that promote high oxygen content will also promote a diversity of macroinvertebrates. The central idea behind quantification is that macroinvertebrates have a wide range of oxygen requirements. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Nutrients Sediments Toxics Wastewater and Stormwater Biosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Data, Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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Making Decisions for Water Use Lesson

Students will explore and demonstrate the effect that water management can have on local water quality. Students will analyze tradeoffs and develop compromises for fair water use and discuss public policy issues affecting water quality and quantity in a community. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Nutrients Toxics Sediments Air Pollution Wastewater and Stormwater Government
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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