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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Adopt A Tree Lesson

Students will discover the importance of trees by adopting a tree and observing the tree over several visits throughout the year. Students will observe the tree's seasonal changes, discover the life history of a tree, and witness a wide variety of birds, insects and mammals that live in trees. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Forests
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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Adopt A Twig Lesson

In this lesson students explore leafless twigs and identify leaf buds as the sights where leaves will begin to grow. Students become aware of how hardwood trees regenerate their leaves each year. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Forests
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Air Pollution: What’s the Solution Curriculum Guide

This curriculum guide uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the science behind the causes and effects of outdoor air pollution. Through this project, students will focus on outdoor air pollution; what it is, what factors contribute to its formation and the health effects from breathing polluted air. Students will use data and animated maps from the Internet and monitor for the presence of air pollution. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively about the problems surrounding air pollution. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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Air Quality Index Toolkit for Teachers

This Toolkit provides teachers with easy-to-use and engaging lesson plans, additional activities, and other resources to teach students about the connections between air quality, health, weather, and other related science topics, as well as actions students can take to protect their health and reduce air pollution. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
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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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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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Alternative Fuels Used in Transportation Activities

The projects included in this resource are designed to give students the opportunity to create their own investigation and test alternative fuels to discover how they influence transportation. The projects included will fit easily with regular classroom lessons surrounding scientific inquiry and the scientific method. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
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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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America in 1607: Jamestown and the Powhatan Interactive Website

Your students can explore the historic Jamestown fort and the Powhatan village of Werowocomoco through this interactive feature brought to you by National Geographic. Launch Resource

Topic(s): American Indians John Smith and Colonial Times
  • Subject(s): Social Studies
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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An Inconvenient Truth In The Classroom

Climate Classroom is a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) initiative that focuses on creating age- and developmentally appropriate curricula and projects that educate youth about the causes of and remedies for global warming. An Inconvenient Truth In the Classroom is the teen component of this initiative, built around the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It is designed to encourage students to analyze the science of global warming and its relevance to current events and their daily lives. The goal of the curriculum is to utilize the popularity of An Inconvenient Truth as a springboard for integrating climate education in high school classrooms. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Climate
  • Subject(s): Art, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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