Teaching Resources

Teaching environmental issues in your classroom is a critical component of providing your students a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience. Discover a wealth Chesapeake Bay related books, multimedia, curriculum guides, individual lesson plans and online data sources.

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Bay Dreaming Bookstore

Here's a site that lists various books about the Chesapeake Bay's history, conservation, travel destinations, etc.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): High School
Keywords: water and energy conservation, habitat and niche, wildlife

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Chesapeake Bay - An Introduction to an Ecosystem Guide

A comprehensive overview of the geology and waters of the Chesapeake Bay, biological communities, living resources and more.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Books and Publications
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, watershed, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, restoration, 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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Bay-B-C's Guide

This booklet is a compilation of Bay related activities and lesson plans for K to 3rd grade students.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities, Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, watershed, habitat and niche, restoration, water quality, wildlife

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Bay, Plain and Piedmont - A Landscape History of the Chesapeake Heartland

This book explores the cultural and natural heritages of the Chesapeake Bay heartland, a region that extends through parts of south-central Pennsylvania, eastern Maryland and Virginia, and all of the District of Columbia. The book moves from the earliest geological evidence of life in the Chesapeake Bay heartland–evidence that is at least 1.3 billion years old–to 2000.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: land use, ecosystem and biomes, forest, habitat and niche, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, sediment, soil and rocks, wildlife

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Conserve Water Educators Guide

This Project WET publication, the Conserve Water Educators Guide provides teachers of middle school and high school students with the ins and outs of water conservation. Background information offers a hydrologic primer; past, present, and future water conservation issues; and case studies ranging from a rancher in west Texas to an ice cream factory in Massachusetts. These real-life examples encourage students to use critical thinking skills to examine different sides of each situation.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: water cycle and movement, watershed, water and energy conservation, water quality, wildlife

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