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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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-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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Bay-Sic Ratios Lesson

In this activity, students will use a scale model to illustrate the shallowness and land to water ratio of the Chesapeake Bay, and will compare the Bay watershed to other watersheds around the world. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Geosphere
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Chesapeake Bay - An Introduction to an Ecosystem Guide

A comprehensive overview of the geology and waters of the Chesapeake Bay, biological communities, living resources and more. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Biosphere
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
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Chesapeake Bay Activity Book

This activity book features activities for elementary students featuring coloring pages, crosswords, and other activities centered around coastal science. Launch Resource

  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Elementary School
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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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Chesapeake Bay Map

This map of the Chesapeake Bay is made for printing and copying and can be customized as basic or detailed. Launch Resource

  • Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Posters and Maps
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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Map

This maps of the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed is available as a pfd or image file. Launch Resource

  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Posters and Maps
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Chesapeake Exploration

NOAA's Chesapeake Exploration is a new and innovative collection of online activities for middle and high school students that brings the science of the Chesapeake Bay to life. Chesapeake Exploration gives teachers and their students unprecedented access to lessons designed around real-time observational data from the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. Inside a virtual classroom, Chesapeake Exploration guides students through an engaging investigative process that explores natural and human systems and cycles and the ways in which they interact throughout the Bay and its watershed. Teachers can create a unique online environment for their classrooms, including locking parameters such as date/time so all students use the same data sets and storing student answers online for easy grading. Using Chesapeake Exploration, students can (1) Query observational platforms throughout the Bay from their classroom or home; (2)Use National Geographic's Fieldscope to investigate the natural and human systems in the Bay's watershed and answer geospatial questions; and (3) Populate "dynamic worksheets" that ask them to think through scientific principles related to water quality and weather phenomena using current observation data. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Atmosphere Fish Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Data, Lessons and Activities, Posters and Maps
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Chessie: A Chesapeake Bay Story and Coloring Book

In this coloring story book Chessie, a friendly Bay monster, represents all those creatures that depend on the Bay for food and habitat. Chessie delivers a conservation message to children and adults alike, stressing the importance of what YOU can do to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Any teacher, school or school district may reproduce this for class use without permission. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Population
  • Subject(s): Art
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
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