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Love Your Stream Poster

The "Love Your Stream" poster features illustrations of the top ten clean water practices for kids. Scroll to bottom of the page.

Subject(s): Art, Science
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Early Learning, High School
Keywords: water and energy conservation, green development, restoration, stream study, water quality

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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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NOAA Estuaries 101 Middle School Curriculum - Activity 2: Seasonal Swings

There is tremendous variability in the physical conditions between and within estuaries. Factors such as air and water temperature, water salinity, and dissolved oxygen can also vary seasonally at the same location. Students will learn about the NERRS System using an online map that has a brief description about each of the 28 Reserves. By comparing and contrasting specific data from two of those Reserves, students will come to understand that extreme air and water temperature differences found in the Reserve estuaries are related to their geographic location, particularly their latitudes relative to each other.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: dissolved oxygen, Geography, Temperature

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NOAA Estuaries 101 Curriculum - Earth Science Module 3: Estuary & the Watershed

In this activity, students investigate the nature of watersheds and their relationship to the dynamic changes that occur in estuaries due to drainage and runoff. Students begin by examining the San Francisco Bay Estuarine Research Reserve and tracing the extent of the watershed using Google Earth. Then they identify possible sources of pollution and contamination along the major rivers that feed into the bay. Students also examine water quality data in the San Pablo region of the estuary and identify changes that occur due to a storm event. This activity has 4 parts: (1) Exploring the San Francisco Watershed; (2) What’s Upstream Comes Downstream; (3) Water Quality at the Mouth of a Watershed; and (4) Optional Extension: Mapping Your Local Watershed

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Data, Posters and Maps
Level(s): High School
Keywords: pollution, watershed, stormwater, water quality

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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: 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: 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: 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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Mapping Watersheds

How does topography shape a watershed? In this activity, students label major rivers and outline watersheds on a world map. They compare the shapes of various watersheds and discuss how topography influences their shapes.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Keywords: watershed, Geography

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Captain John Smith's Map

Download a pdf of Captain John Smith's map of the Chesapeake Bay.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): High School
Keywords: culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Anatomy of a White Perch

From gill plates to caudal fin, this graphic show the anatomy of a white perch. A brief description of the function of each body part is also included.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: identification, wildlife, fish

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Nonpoint Source Pollution Awareness: What's Wrong with This Picture?

The people in this picture are taking care of their home and car, but they are doing many things that can damage the environment, especially our water. Can your students identify all of the things they are doing incorrectly?

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School
Keywords: non-point source, watershed, water quality

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NOAA Plot Your Course: Marine Navigation Lesson

The goal of this lesson is to have students learn what information is provided on nautical charts. In this lesson students will determine distance and direction between selected features on a nautical chart, identify obstacles to navigation on a nautical chart, and identify the characteristics of common aid to navigation described on a nautical chart

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities, Posters and Maps
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks

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The Susquehanna River and the Bay Map

This map shows how the Susquehanna watershed and river connect to the Chesapeake Bay.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Pennsylvania
Keywords: watershed

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Virginia Species Richness Map

This map show species richness across the state of Virginia.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: biodiversity, wildlife

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Virgina Watershed Map

A list of the watersheds in Virginia and maps of those watershed.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: watershed

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Real-Time Stream Data Map

Use this online map to find real-time river flow and water data through the U.S. Geological Service's river gauge stations. You can download data in the main rivers of the Chesapeake region, including the James, Shenandoah, Potomac and Susquehanna.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia, Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, weather, watershed, water quality

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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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Water-resource Maps and Posters

Provides color posters on wetlands, water use, wastewater, watersheds, water quality and coastal hazards.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, point source, wetland, watershed

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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Map

This maps of the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed is available as a pfd or image file.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed

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Eyes on the Bay Database

This interactive map allows you to click on markers to see the latest Fixed Station Monthly Monitoring data, Continuous Monitoring data, and Water Quality Mapping data collected by Maryland's Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Bays Water Quality Monitoring Programs.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Data, Posters and Maps
Level(s): High School
Keywords: water quality

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Estuaries: Scenes of Transition Poster

The EPA provides "Estuaries: Scenes of Transition Poster" free of charge at this site.

Subject(s): Science
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: oyster, blue crab, biodiversity, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, wildlife

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Eastern Native Wildflowers Poster

The Native Wildflowers poster is a beautifully illustrated field guide of wildflowers painted by an award winning artist and naturalist.

Subject(s): Art, Science
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: water and energy conservation, forest, schoolyard habitat

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