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Waterways

As a result of this lesson, students develop a map that identifies waterways that have been important in the transportation of goods and people in the United States. Students will use color to show how the use of waterways has changed over time, and will diagram the methods of water travel through history.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, transportation

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Transportation of the Powhatan Indians of the Eastern Woodlands Lesson

Students learn how the Powhatan Indians used canoes to navigate the waterways of Virginia and then create their own paper canoes.

Subject(s): Art, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: Native American, transportation

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Riverworks Discovery: Wheel House Log Book

The Hudson, Delaware, Susquehanna, Potomac, and James Rivers are some of the most important in the Mid-Atlantic region. These historic rivers contribute to our nation’s economy, history, and culture. This information and activity packet provides content on watersheds, early exploration of the region, the history of water travel and trade, and more.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, development, air pollution and fossil fuels, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, litter, trash and recycling, Native American, restoration, transportation

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Pennsylvania Land Choices - An Educational Guide

Pennsylvania Land Choices is a national recognized award winning educational program developed by the DCNR State Parks to provide professional development for teachers, conservation and community leaders to understand the role of the citizen and local communities in making decisions that benefit conservation and sustainable community character. The program connects social studies and science in the 6 – 12 grades through place-based service learning, conservation and local government. The activities provide inquiry-based opportunities and hand-on activities that encourage service learning for the benefit of students and their community. Lessons are aligned to the Pennsylvania state academic standards and feature SAS protocols.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Pennsylvania
Keywords: nitrogen and carbon cycle, pollution, non-point source, water cycle and movement, population growth, wetland, land use, watershed, agriculture, development, stormwater, air pollution and fossil fuels, water and energy conservation, erosion, green development, transportation, water quality, wildlife, economics, student action

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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.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: air pollution and fossil fuels, water and energy conservation, transportation

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NOAA Ready, Set, Drift!:Coastal ocean currents lesson

Students will learn how navigators of ships and boats can predict and compensate for the effects of coastal ocean currents in this lesson. Learning objectives include: 1. Students will define and explain the terms set, drift, course over the ground, and speed over the ground. 2. Students will use online databases to recover specific data on water movement for selected geographic areas. 3. Students will use information about currents, winds, and tides to solve practical problems relevant to coastal navigation. 4. Students will demonstrate the use of a maneuvering board in solving problems involving ocean currents and navigation.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: water cycle and movement, transportation

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Waterways: Roads in the Water

In this lesson, students will create a model waterway and observe ways that they can modify the waterway to allow a boat to travel more easily along the water.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, land use, watershed, transportation

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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)

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): New York
Keywords: pollution, non-point source, population growth, land use, watershed, development, air pollution and fossil fuels, transportation, water quality, student action

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Smart Transportation: Good for People, Good for the Bay

This handout explains how transportation can cause pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia, Books and Publications
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: smart growth, transportation

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Smart Growth Handout

Learn about smart growth and how "smarter" development can improve our quality of life. Learn how transportation, housing types, and the environment are balanced with smart growth planning to meet the needs of a growing population.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia, Books and Publications
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: population growth, development, smart growth, transportation

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Port of Baltimore Lesson Plans

These eight lesson show your students the historical, economic and geographic importance of the Port of Baltimore. Students learn how the area has changed and how different people use the Port.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: population growth, land use, development, transportation

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African Americans and the Port of Baltimore in the Nineteenth Century

In this history lesson, students use primary sources to describe some of the ways African Americans contributed to the Port of Baltimore, and how enslaved African Americans were able to use port activities to their advantage.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: population growth, culture and watermen, transportation

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Immigration to Baltimore at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

In this history lesson, students use primary sources to describe the contributions of Baltimore citizens to the defense of Baltimore during the British attack in September 1814. They then describe the impact of the attack on Baltimore businessmen.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: land use, development, transportation

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The Role of Citizens in the Defense of Baltimore during the War of 1812

In this history lesson, students use primary source to describe the types of people who immigrated to Baltimore around the turn of the twentieth century.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: population growth, development, transportation

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Trucks In, Out, and About the Port of Baltimore

In this geography lesson students identify map elements on the "Port of Baltimore Truckers Guide" and explain how the map is used to help truckers find their way to and from the Port. They then interpret the "Port of Baltimore Truckers Guide" and use the information to answer questions. And finally use photographs to identify and describe places in the Port today.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: land use, development, transportation

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Port of Baltimore Scavenger Hunt

In this geography lesson, students will use photographs to identify and describe how the Port of Baltimore changed over time, then they will explain why it is a major port city today.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: land use, development, transportation

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How the Port of Baltimore Grew and Changed Over Time Lesson

In this geography lesson, students will learn what lead to the growth of the Port of Baltimore and examine photographs of the area to see how the port changed over time.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: population growth, land use, development, transportation

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Using an Oral History to Explore Jobs at the Port of Baltimore Lesson

Using this lesson students will learn about the economics principles of imports/exports and interdependency. Students will trace the shipment of a load of bananas from where they were grown to the port of Baltimore.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: population growth, development, transportation

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