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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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Captain John Smith's Map of the Chesapeake Bay Lesson

Students will learn how to interpret a primary sources, John Smith's map and excerpts from Smith's journal. They will then identify places on a map that show John Smith's routes and identify map elements. Keywords: John Smith, history, map

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: land use, John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Captain John Smith 400 Project: Curriculum Guide

In conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Geographic Alliance, the Sultana Project has developed a curriculum unit based around the history of John Smith's 1608 voyage and the world of the early 17th century Chesapeake. The Captain John Smith Curriculum Unit consists of eight separate lesson plans designed for 4th and 5th grade students. The unit is aligned with goals and outcomes from the Maryland State Department of Education's voluntary state curriculum.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, 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, ecosystem and biomes, forest, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, renewable resource, water quality, wildlife

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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!

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia, Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed, blue crab, development, biodiversity, culture and watermen, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, John Smith and colonial times, restoration, water quality, wildlife, fish

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Wetlands Reading List Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

The Wetlands Reading List is an annotated list of printed material that will supplement lesson plans and provide students with suggestions for independent reading on wetlands. This is a great resource to help you find the wetlands book you are looking for!

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, watershed, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, restoration, wildlife

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Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Bay Lesson

Students will compare and contrast the Chesapeake bay of today verses the Chesapeake bay of John Smith's day. They will read excerpts from Smith's description of his exploration of the Bay and its rivers and analyze Smith's map of the Chesapeake.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: land use, watershed, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times

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The History of Maple Syrup Lesson

Students will explore how maple sugaring began and experience the ways the pioneers and Indians produced sugar.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Pennsylvania
Keywords: forest, John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Colonial Chesapeake Map

Sultana Projects' 20" x 30" educational poster, Sultana on the Colonial Chesapeake, details the schooner Sultana's exploits on the Chesapeake Bay between 1769 and 1771. These posters are available to classroom teachers free of charge. To obtain a copy, contact Chris Cerino at 410-778-5954 or ccerino@sultanaprojects.org.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times

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The Bay Long Ago & Today Lesson

Students will read a primary source and use it to identify the physical characteristics of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay region in the 1600s. They will then identify ways people have modified the natural environment and compare and contrast the landscape existing at the time of the settlement of Maryland with that of today.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): District of Columbia
Keywords: culture and watermen, habitat and niche, John Smith and colonial times

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Native Americans and Natural Resources Lesson

Students will identify Indian tribes and chiefdoms that lived in the Chesapeake region in the early 1600's. They will identify a potential site for an Indian town based on the presence of natural resources in the area and identify natural resources that American Indians of the Chesapeake region used for food, clothing, and shelter.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: land use, John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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The Chesapeake Bay in Captain John Smith's Time Lesson

Students will analyze primary sources in order to assess the presence of various animals and the quality of the Chesapeake Bay habitats in the 1600s. Then compare the Chesapeake Bay of the 1600s with that of today.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: culture and watermen, habitat and niche, John Smith and colonial times

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Exploring the Chesapeake: Then and Now Website

This website displays two interactive maps of the Chesapeake Bay region in the days of Jamestown vs. today. Read exclusive interviews, watch video clips, discover places to travel and more.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times

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Captain John Smith's Trail Adventure on the James Website

Retrace John Smith's historic voyage up the James River and learn about his encounters with Native Americans. The site suggests a driving tour, with sites of interest, to retrace the Smith's adventures on land.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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John Smith's 2nd Voyage: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Lesson

Students will interpret John Smith's map and excerpts from his journal to identify places on a map that show John Smith's route. They will then identify geographic characteristics seen by John Smith on his second voyage of the Chesapeake Bay. Keywords: John Smith, history, map

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times

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John Smith's 1st Voyage: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Lesson

This lesson contains information about the geographic characteristics of the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. Geographic characteristics are divided into two categories: physical characteristics and human characteristics. Students will learn how to interpret John Smith's map and excerpts from his journal. They will then identify places on a map that show John Smith's route and identify geographic characteristics seen by John Smith on his first voyage of the Chesapeake Bay. Keywords: John Smith, history, map

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times

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