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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Watershed Puzzle

This can be used as a stand-alone manipulative that doesn’t require a presenter or as a ‘building block’ by a presenter who will expand upon the concepts introduced by this activity. Participants will learn what a watershed is. Participants will observe and manipulate pieces of a ‘watershed map puzzle’ with political boundaries superimposed upon it. Participants will think about how the ‘pieces’ – the counties, states, rivers, the ocean – included in the watershed are connected.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: water cycle and movement, land use, watershed

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Build-A-Pizza Box Solar Oven Activity

Check out this staight forward lesson, that can be adapted for all grade levels, on how to build a solar oven.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: water and energy conservation, green development

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Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide, Second Edition

This “how-to” guide provides the basic steps needed to restore or create wildlife habitat on school grounds. It will take you and your students through each step of the process: planning, installing and sustaining a project. This is not a book about why schoolyard projects are important; this is a guide about how to make the best one for your site. It is also designed to engage students the completion of several tasks that will lead to establishing a schoolyard woodland, meadow or wetland.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: biodiversity, habitat and niche, restoration, schoolyard habitat, water quality, wildlife, student action

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Project Learning Tree Curriculum Guide

The Project Learning Tree Curriculum Guide is a collection of 96 hands-on interdisciplinary activities that bring the environment into your classroom. The guide is designed so you can use a single activity or many over the course of a quarter or school year. Each activity includes an overview, background content and a teachers' step-by-step guide. The guide's five main themes are diversity, interrelationships, systems, structure and scale, and patterns of change.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland, Virginia, New York, West Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, National Science Education, Pennsylvania
Keywords: pollution, land use, watershed, air pollution and fossil fuels, biodiversity, forest

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Maryland Project WET Training and Curriculum Guide

After completion of a six hour training, educators are given a free Project WET curriculum and activity guide packed with 91 hands-on activities that cross many disciplines in the study of water and water resources - chemistry and physics, life science, earth systems, natural resource management, history and culture. During the workshop educators learn how to incorporate local issues into the lessons. Perfect for 4-H Youth Development, Scouts, and other youth organizations as well, the goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom ready teaching aids.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: pollution, watershed, biodiversity, culture and watermen, ecosystem and biomes, water quality, wildlife

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EPA Speakers Bureau

The EPA Speakers Bureau recruits regional employees to speak to academic institutions and professional organizations. The Environmental Education Office assists employees with their presentations by providing the necessary background, ideas, training and materials for their presentations. An effort to accommodate all requests is made. Therefore, please give the Bureau a 4 week lead time to arrange for a speaker. (contact 215-814-5541)

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, climate change, water and energy conservation, restoration, water quality

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EPA Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools

EPA’s Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools helps your school and school district reduce the amount of waste you generate. You’ll learn how to start a waste reduction program or expand an existing one. The guide will show you how your program can benefit your school, your community, and the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling your waste.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: air pollution and fossil fuels, water and energy conservation, litter, trash and recycling

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Science Fair Central

This website from Discovery Education has a lot of great science fair project ideas for your students to browse through, or that you can re-design into a classroom lesson. It is also a great resource for teachers and administrators looking to plan a science fair.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): West Virginia
Keywords: experiments and investigations, student action

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Puzzlemaker

This tool allows you to create your own puzzles for free. You can choose to create a wordsearch, crossword, double puzzle, fallen phrase puzzel, math squares, mazes, letter tiles, cryptograms, number blocks, or hidden messages with the information you input. Use this tool to create games on any subject for any grade level.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: identification

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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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ARKive

ARKive is a centralized and authoritative multimedia digital library of the world's best images, films and audio recordings of Earth's most threatened species.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: biodiversity, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, restoration, wildlife

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Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools

The Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools is a primary resource for implementing a district or school-wide operations and maintenance (O&M) program that focuses on energy efficiency. Written for school district management, facility managers, business officials, and administrators, the Guide helps users identify energy savings, develop an energy management plan, and address technical considerations.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: water and energy conservation, green development

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Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide

This guide provides the basic steps needed to restore or create wildlife habitat on school grounds. It is designed so that students complete several tasks that will lead to establishing a forest, meadow or wetland.

Subject(s): Science, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: biodiversity, habitat and niche, restoration, schoolyard habitat, water quality, wildlife, student action

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Project WILD Curriculum Guide

The Project WILD Curriculum Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Each Project WILD Aquatic activity contains all the information needed to conduct that activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland, Virginia, New York, West Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, National Science Education, Pennsylvania
Keywords: adaptation, biodiversity, water and energy conservation, habitat and niche, predator prey relationships, schoolyard habitat, wildlife

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Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide

The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is a collection of over 90 science-based, interdisciplinary activities and lesson plans that emphasizes the importance of our water resources. These activities and lessons are teacher-tested and classroom ready for K-12 students.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland, Virginia, New York, West Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, National Science Education, Pennsylvania
Keywords: pollution, watershed, biodiversity, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, 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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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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Chesapeake Bay Map

This map of the Chesapeake Bay is made for printing and copying and can be customized as basic or detailed.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche

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