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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Earth Water Distribution and Water Consumption Lesson

Students observe the global water distribution and explores the limited supply of fresh water. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Earth’s Freshwater: A Guide for Teaching Freshwater in Grades 3-8

This guide was developed to support teachers in teaching topics with real-world context, and provide them with the background to feel competent and comfortable when teaching about fresh water. It provides a solid introduction to fresh water in an accessible and reader-friendly manner. In addition to general information about fresh water, the guide includes numerous education features, such as teaching tips and student thinking, that help to connect the content to classroom practice. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Books and Publications
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Edible Aquifer

Demonstrate how water is stored and how people above ground affect the water underground through this hands on, and edible, exercise. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Sediments Hydrosphere Geosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Elementary School
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Educating Young People About Water

Educating Young People About Water (EYPAW) guides and water curricula database provide assistance for developing a community-based, youth water education program. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Environmental Analysis of Watersheds: A Unit for Grades 9-12 Environmental Studies Classes

The Watershed Module is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn science and mathematics in a context of real-life environmental issues. The lessons integrate mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, environmental science, computer science, and the social sciences in a series of exercises dealing with the environmental health of a watershed and its associated streams. The lessons are designed to provide an experience in evaluating impacts of human use on a watershed and its streams. The lessons range from work on the Internet using telemetry data downloaded from a satellite, to field exercises, to an environmental hearing on construction of a new sewage treatment plant. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Geosphere Biosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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Estuarine Currents Lesson

During this lesson, students can observe a demonstration or conduct an experiment that models density-driven currents. Following completion of this lesson, the students will be able to relate water temperature and salinity to the formation of estuarine currents. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Hydrosphere Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: New York
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Exploring Estuaries Website

This site was developed to introduce students of various ages to the ecology of estuaries, and provide teachers with estuary resources. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Biosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Exploring our Watershed Ecosystems Lesson

Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of how watershed systems are made up by exploring a part of the Susquehanna watershed. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Rivers and Streams Biosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Exploring Our Watershed System Lesson

In this lesson students develop an of how watershed systems are made up and explore a part of the Susquehanna watershed system and map out the system. Then they will learn how water enters a watershed system and explain the concept of stream order. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Rivers and Streams Biosphere Hydrosphere Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Falling Hydrogen Ions Lesson

Students will explores the relationship between hydrogen ions, pH, and acid rain. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Air Pollution Atmosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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