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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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 Website

Explore National Geographic's interactive online map of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about land use by exploring real-time data and interactive map layers. Your class can also conduct stream studies and enter their data online to use some cool analysis tools, and to share data with other schools.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia, Data
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, population growth, wetland, land use, watershed, agriculture, development, ecosystem and biomes, forest, water quality, water testing

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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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Fragile Fringe Curriculum Guide

A guide of six lessons for Teaching about coastal wetlands.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: wetland

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Earth Science Curriculum - Wild Lab

An excellent introduction to the importance of wetlands put together by Audubon. Includes flash animations, photos, and comprehensive check quizzes.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Middle School
Keywords: wetland

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Discover a Watershed: The Watershed Manager Educators Guide

This Project WET publication, is a 193-page guide that contains 19 science-based, multidisciplinary activities that teach what a watershed is, how it works, and why we must all consider ourselves watershed managers. An extensive background section introduces readers to fundamental watershed concepts. Each activity adapts to your local watershed, contains e-links for further internet research, and is correlated to the National Standards for Science.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: pollution, wetland, land use, watershed, stormwater, water quality

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Dirty Mud Lesson: Contaminents in the Environment

Students will identify specific types of wetland habitats and land uses in a watershed. They will explain how data on chemical contaminants, land uses and habitat types can be integrated to develop restoration plans for environmental resources damaged by pollution. Then use a geographic information system to retrieve and analyze data about specific benthic marine habitats.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): High School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, geocaching (GIS/GPS), sediment, soil and rocks

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Conserving Water Lesson

Students will discuss the different uses of water, inventory their own water use, and discuss ways to promote water conservation.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: water cycle and movement, wetland, watershed, water and energy conservation, water testing, Drinking Water

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Discovery Classroom- A Lesson Plan Library for Educators

Discovery Classroom is a collection of formal lesson plans based on the major thematic areas of the National Ocean Service Lessons emphasize hands-on activities using on-line data resources.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): High School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, habitat and niche

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