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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Designing a Resilient Community Activity

Students participate in project-based learning over several days as they assess their community's ability to respond to crises that threaten both natural and human systems. Then they develop ideas for redesigning their community to be more resilient. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Population Urban / Suburban
  • Subject(s): Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Discover the Chesapeake

This portion of the Chesapeake Bay Program's website is one of the best Chesapeake Bay-related informational resources around. It features Bay 101 video clips, a Bay FAQ, a Bay glossary and provides information on the Bay ecosystem, history, and watershed. The website also includes one of the most comprehensive Field Guides to the Chesapeake Bay, completely available online! Launch Resource

Topic(s): Blue Crabs John Smith and Colonial Times Fish
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Multimedia
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Does it Soak Right In Lesson

Students will which types of land surfaces allow water to soak in, and which cause water to run off the ground. Students will predict the percolation properties of various land surfaces and test various land surfaces and measure and compare the percolation rates. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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E.P.A. Student Center Website

This website is organized by categories, such as water, conservation, air. Each section contains links to other sites and helpful information, where students can investigate water ecology, pollution, and more. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate Wetlands Wastewater and Stormwater Air Pollution Rivers and Streams Population
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Electrolysis of Water Lesson

Students observe the electrolysis of water using either photovoltaics or a battery as the electric energy source. Launch Resource

  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
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Finding Human-Environment Interaction

Students scan the newspaper for examples of human-environment interaction. In studying human/environment interaction, geographers look at all the effects--positive and negative--that occur when people interact with their surroundings. Sometimes a human act, such as damming a river to prevent flooding or to provide irrigation, requires consideration of the potential consequences. The construction of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, for example, changed the natural landscape, but it also created a reservoir that helps provide water and electric power for the arid Southwest. Studying the consequences of human/environment interaction helps people plan and manage the environment responsibly. (source:http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/education/themes.html) Launch Resource

Topic(s): Government Population Air Pollution
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools

The Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools is a primary resource for implementing a district or school-wide operations and maintenance (O&M) program that focuses on energy efficiency. Written for school district management, facility managers, business officials, and administrators, the Guide helps users identify energy savings, develop an energy management plan, and address technical considerations. Launch Resource

  • Subject(s): Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
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Gwynns Falls: Effects of Deforestation Lesson

Students will use the Internet to research the Gwynns Falls/ Leakin Park area, in light of a fictional proposal for the development of a $100million dollar golf course along the trail there. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Forests Urban / Suburban
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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H2Oh No!

In this interactive, students investigate the controversy surrounding the development of a huge mall on the banks of the Dwight River in the fictional town of Bayville. Through their investigation, they learn about the water cycle, the effects that urbanization can have on the environment (especially the waterways), and the complexities of balancing economic need and environmental protection. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Forests Urban / Suburban Hydrosphere Air Pollution
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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Holding onto the Green Zone Student Action Guide

This action guide introduce students or youth group members to riparian areas--what they are, how they function, and why they are important to the community. The Student Action Guide provides information and instructions they will need to explore and understand the "GREEN Zone." Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Agriculture Forests Urban / Suburban Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
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