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Zero Footprint Youth Calculator

Use EE Week's online carbon footprint calculator to estimate your carbon dioxide emissions resulting from your daily activities, such as household electricity use, food choices and transportation.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: air pollution and fossil fuels, water and energy conservation

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The Blue Crab Website

This site provides teachers and students with assistance in using web resources to investigate the Chesapeake Bay blue crab.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: blue crab

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Sea Grasses Online Learning Module

Take a Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Modules Tour to learn more about seagrasses, the trends these plants are experiencing, and what kind of seagrass research scientists are working on. Learn how these vast "prairies" of underwater grass form complex ecosystems that are very important, not only to the health of their surrounding marine environment but to people as well.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: aquatic grass SAV, habitat and niche

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Key of Macroinvertebrate Life in the River

Use this key to identify macroinvertebrate critters found in your local stream.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: identification, stream study, water testing

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Ecology of Submersed Aquatic Vegetation PowerPoint Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation outlines the ecology, importance, and global decline of seagrass.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): High School
Keywords: pollution, adaptation, aquatic grass SAV, erosion, habitat and niche, fish

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Dead Zones and Coastal Eutrophication PowerPoint Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation discusses the causes and consequences of dead zones.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: pollution, land use, development, habitat and niche, water quality, fish, dissolved oxygen

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Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) - Investigations

Scientists measure Bay water temperatures, turbidity (clearness of the water), and other "indicators" to monitor the health of the Chesapeake Bay. "Indicators" give us information about the quality of Bay waters. If you have ever wondered how muddy waters impact underwater plants in the Chesapeake, or how steamy summer temperatures affect water quality, explore the interactive investigations provided on this NOAA website. These short activities use real-time and stored data from the CBIBS to help you answer these and other water quality questions.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: weather, water quality

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Interactive Food Web Website

This website contains an interactive food web that explores the interconnections of important species in the mid-Chesapeake Bay.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): High School
Keywords: food web, predator prey relationships

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Online Presentations on Water Resources

The Multimedia Learning Objects are a series of 15 interactive multimedia presentations and learning activities that address topics ranging from Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life and Deep-sea Benthos to Food, Water and Medicine from the Sea.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): High School
Keywords: wetland, watershed, water quality

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Decision Matrix

Teach your students how difficult it can be to be a city planner through this interactive online game. The provided link is for the lesson plan associated with this activity. The module itself is available via the following URL: http://www.cacaponinstitute.org/CILearning/DM/DM.html

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): West Virginia
Keywords: land use, development, green development

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Investigating Nutrient and Sediment Pollution

Students investigate the sources of nutrient and sediment pollution in a sub-watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. Students will be able to identify the sources of nutrient and sediment pollution in a watershed, read pie charts and relate them to geographic areas on a map, and consider the effects of different land uses on the watershed and estuary ecosystem

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Data, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: nitrogen and carbon cycle, pollution, watershed, sediment, soil and rocks, water quality, Nutrients and Eutorphication

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Dissolved Oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay

Students analyze how dissolved oxygen conditions change in the Chesapeake Bay over the course of the year and learn about the danger of low dissolved oxygen conditions to underwater habitats. Students will be able to understand how dissolved oxygen levels change throughout the Chesapeake Bay over the course of a year and identify factors and inputs affecting dissolved oxygen levels in the Chesapeake Bay.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed, water quality, dissolved oxygen

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Changing Turbidity

Students explore the effects of turbidity on Chesapeake Bay ecosystems and learn about the driving forces behind high turbidity levels in Chesapeake Bay estuary waters. Students will be able to understand how turbidity varies by location, understand how turbidity changes over time, analyze graphs to understand the conditions affecting turbidity levels recorded at buoy monitoring stations throughout the Chesapeake Bay, and analyze student-input data on turbidity and compare the data to buoy monitoring data from NOAA

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed, sediment, soil and rocks, water quality

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Salinity in the Estuary

Students explore the varying salinity of the Chesapeake Bay estuary by manipulating and analyzing real-time and student-input data in the Chesapeake Bay FieldScope tool. Students will be able to read and interpret graphs in order to understand how salinity levels change throughout an estuary and predict salinity levels in an estuary based on relative location to fresh or saline water input sources.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed, stream study, water quality, water testing, salinity

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Changing Temperatures in the Estuary

Students consider how water temperature changes with different parameters by examining factors such as time, depth, and location in the estuary. Students compare their data to data from professional monitoring systems.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Data, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed, stream study, water quality, water testing, Temperature

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Sharing Data in FieldScope

After participating in field study, students will return to the classroom and assess the collected data to produce the highest quality dataset. The class will then use the National Geographic FieldScope tool to upload the data in order to share their findings with the citizen science community.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Data, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: stream study, water quality, water testing, student action

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Preparing for Field Investigation

Students consider what it means to be citizen scientists, learn how notes and photographs can enhance a field investigation, and review techniques for choosing and recording sampling locations.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: stream study, water quality, water testing, student action

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Pollution in the Watershed

In this activity, students are introduced to the role of wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay as natural filters for sediment and nutrients that can negatively affect our waterways. Students use what they learn about land cover and human actions to predict where pollution might occur. Students will use National Geographic FieldScope mapping tools to explore the spatial distribution of wetland habitats throughout the watershed and predict areas where pollution will occur based on the surrounding land cover.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, watershed, water quality, Geography

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Take a Trip Down Your Tributary

In this activity, students work with National Geographic FieldScope to begin to build their identity as citizens of a vast and ecologically important watershed. Students will trace the tributary network path that connects their location to the Chesapeake Bay, adding key information to a watershed profile along the way.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed, Geography

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: The Human Footprint in the Watershed

Students explore how humans have shaped the landscape in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Students work with map layers in the National Geographic's FieldScope tool to consider land development patterns and development trends over time, in order to investigate why people settled where they did.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Supplies
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: land use, watershed, development, Geography

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Define Your Watershed

Students work with National Geographic's FieldScope map layers and tools to delineate watersheds. Students will consider the scalability of watersheds and begin to think about watershed management.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed, Geography

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Activity: Investigating Water Flow Patterns

Students explore diverse landscapes and water flow paths by zooming in on specific areas of the watershed using National Geographic FieldScope. Students will be able to understand how the physical geography of a region affects water flow patterns and compare water flow patterns in diverse landscapes across the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, watershed, Geography

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The Global Water Sample Project

This site explains the Global Water Sample Project which pulls students from around the globe will team up to test fresh water. Join us in this collaborative project, comparing the water quality of your local river, stream, lake or pond with other fresh water sources around the world.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: stream study, water testing

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Oceans for Life Videos

http://oceanslive.gso.uri.edu/ is a marine science portal that offers live video and special content to educate people of all ages about the ocean, including national marine sanctuaries. Learn more about oceanography, marine life, conservation and preservation, marine research technologies, and the nation's maritime heritage.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, wildlife

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Nab the Aquatic Invaders Website

Nab the Aquatic Invader! is a fun way to learn about aquatic invaders. By using this site you can check out lots of unusual species that create real problems in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes regions. There are many ways that this site can help you with your class projects. By doing the activities and playing the games on this site, you will learn about nature and be inspired to help the environment by "nabbing" these pesky critters and seeing that you can make a difference.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: invasive species

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