Teaching Resources

During Issue Definition, students explore the teacher-created driving question by investigating a locally relevant environmental issue. To support student voice during this essential element, students should be involved in developing or co-developing supporting questions to better understand the issue. Use the Asking Questions and Planning Investigations student worksheet to guide students through this process as they brainstorm questions, and plan indoor and outdoor research and investigations.

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The Chesapeake Bay supports more than 2,700 species of plants and animals on land and in the water. All of these critters depend on each other in some way.

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Close up of an osprey head. You can see its sharp beak and focused eyes.


From underwater grass beds to streamside forests, the Chesapeake Bay watershed provides a range of habitats to more than 2,700 species of plants and animals on land and in the water.

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A deer wading in a marsh, lush vegetation in the background.

Climate & Earth Systems

Earth System Science is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding climate and weather patterns, the landscape and how human behavior influences global systems.

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Dark storm clouds form over the water

Land Use

The Chesapeake Bay watershed spans 64,000 square miles. Much of this land is used to raise crops and livestock and build homes and businesses. But our actions on land have a big impact on the water.

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Cattle walking in a field with a large agricultural barn in the background.

People & the Environment

Humans have occupied the Chesapeake Bay region for at least 12,000 years. As human populations grew, watershed residents made changes to the land that, in turn, changed their culture.

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Water Quality

For the Chesapeake Bay to be a productive ecosystem, the water of the Bay and its tributaries must be healthy: it should be clear, rich in oxygen and free of chemical contaminants.

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