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 Salty Experiment Lesson

This experiment teaches students about how salt and fresh water in a typical estuary layer and mix. Though this activity was designed for the New Jersey Harbor Estuary Education Program, the properties it described are relevant for the Chesapeake Bay. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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A Scientific Cleanup Lesson

Students will learn about problems associated with litter and marine debris. They will design an experiment to investigate litter distribution, make predictions of litter distribution, and participate in a cleanup at the site. Based on the data students collect, they will make conclusions relating litter to the local ecosystem as well as human health and safety. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Acid Rain: Where Have All the Rainbows Gone Lesson

Using a Soil pH lab, students will investigate the source, mechanism of formation, form, and effect of acid precipitation. Over the course of four class periods (40-45 minutes each), students will develop a basic understanding for the pH scale, the mechanism for acid precipitation formation, and the underlying social and economic issues beneath the problem. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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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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Amazing Ice Cubes

This short lesson is intended to be used as part of a unit on water or properties of matter, or simply as a fun and motivating lesson. Unlike nearly all other substances, water expands when it freezes, and shrinks when it melts. Students discover this unusual property by observing the mesmerizing process of an ice cube melting in cooking oil. Simultaneously, a surprising teacher demonstration prepared at the beginning of the lesson is monitored and discussed at the end of the lesson. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Are You a River Keeper?

Learners will utilize fundamental techniques to determine the health of a local river. They will collect, compile, display and interpret their data. The students will focus on how water speed affects rates of erosion and deposition. They will focus on the history of, reasons for, and possible solutions to excessive deposition in the southern branch of the Muskegon River or waterway in their community. Through the writing and performing of a short theatrical activity, learners will summarize articles they have read to increase environmental awareness. Learners will become aware of global issues of clean water scarcity. Learners will investigate the many causes of river water pollution and relate them to their sources. Students will then identify four sectors of society and how each can be an agent for change. They will locate and write letters to public service, nonprofit organizations in support of water clarity. After presenting their findings to peers, students will distribute a self-designed pledge, requesting households to commit to positive change. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide
  • Level(s): Middle School
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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 Trippers:  Can’t See the Water Through the Dirt -  An Experiment with Sediment Lesson

In this activity children will construct a model of the Bay to study how sediment affects aquatic life. Students investigate the effect of sedimentation on estuarine ecosystems though the construction of a model that simulates erosion. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Sediments Geosphere
  • Subject(s): Art, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Bay-B-C’s Guide

This booklet is a compilation of Bay related activities and lesson plans for K to 3rd grade students. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Nutrients Water Quality Monitoring Toxics Sediments Wetlands
  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Curriculum Guide, 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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