Teaching Resources

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Chesapeake Exploration

NOAA’s Chesapeake Exploration is a new and innovative collection of online activities for middle and high school students that brings the science of the Chesapeake Bay to life. Chesapeake Exploration gives teachers and their students unprecedented access to lessons designed around real-time observational data from the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. Inside a virtual classroom, Chesapeake Exploration guides students through an engaging investigative process that explores natural and human systems and cycles and the ways in which they interact throughout the Bay and its watershed. Teachers can create a unique online environment for their classrooms, including locking parameters such as date/time so all students use the same data sets and storing student answers online for easy grading. Using Chesapeake Exploration, students can (1) Query observational platforms throughout the Bay from their classroom or home; (2)Use National Geographic's Fieldscope to investigate the natural and human systems in the Bay's watershed and answer geospatial questions; and (3) Populate "dynamic worksheets" that ask them to think through scientific principles related to water quality and weather phenomena using current observation data.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Data, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: weather, watershed, stormwater, habitat and niche, water quality, water testing, salinity, fish, Geography, Temperature

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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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NOAA Motion in the Ocean Lesson: Ocean Currents and Waves

In this lesson, students will identify the primary causes for ocean currents and wave, explain how and why ocean currents vary with increasing latitude, explain the cause of the Coriolis effect, and how this effect influences ocean currents, and calculate the magnitude of ocean currents, given data from drifter studies. This lesson can be completed in one 45-minute class period, plus time for student research

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

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Comparing Current Chemical Water Quality Measurements with Past Measurements At A Stream Site

In this lesson, students will compare their most recent water quality measurements with their past measurements at the same stream site. Samples are usually taken during the spring and fall seasons of the year, and to avoid seasonal variations, the spring measurements should be compared only to spring measurements from the past. The same protocol should be followed when comparing the fall measurements to those from the past.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Data
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): New York
Keywords: water testing

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The Bay's Decimated Oyster Population Graph

Bar graph showing the oyster harvest from the 1800's to 2000. See how disease and advancing in oyster harvesting techniques influences the oyster population

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: oyster, culture and watermen

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Troubling Trends in Blue Crab Catches Graph

Graphs blue crab catch from the 1930's to 2000.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: blue crab, culture and watermen

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Line Graph of MD Oyster Harvests 1952 - 2007

This handout contains data and a line graph showing the oyster harvest from 1952-2008.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: oyster, culture and watermen

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Line Graph of MD Crab Harvests 1952 - 2007

This handout contains data and a line graph showing the blue crab harvest from 1952-2008.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: blue crab, culture and watermen

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USGS Water Resource Database

This database contains past, present and future predicts of data related water resources in the United States. This includes national data on stream flow, flooding, droughts, water quality and ground water.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Data
Level(s): High School
Keywords: water quality, water testing

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Winter Blue Crab Dredge Survey Database

Find out the results of the Baywide blue crab Winter Dredge Survey and Maryland's Summer Trawl Survey. These figures help scientists determine the health of the blue crab fishery.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Data
Level(s): High School
Keywords: blue crab

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Comparing Water Quality Data Lesson

Students will use a computer to access water qaulity data. They will then interpret graphs of water quality data measured at different times and locations. The will use graphs and a presentation to comminicate their conclusions.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Data
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: pollution, stream study, water quality, water testing, salinity, dissolved oxygen, Temperature

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Water on the Web (WOW) Database

An Online water quality database of multiple rivers and lakes throughout the nation.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Data
Level(s): High School
Keywords: water testing

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