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spacer To help facilitate web-based learning in the classroom, we designated the sites that support state-specific and national standards with icons. These sites that outline the standards are marked with a ribbon labeled for the appropriate state or national standards. You can learn more about these standards by visiting the ChesSIE Standards page.

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Grades K-12

Bay Link Lesson PlansSupports Virginia Standards of Learning
Click on the lesson plans link in the left column to access Bay related lesson plans for Grades K-12.

Bay Education Downloads
This Chesapeake Bay Program page contains files that teachers can download for use in the classroom including presentation materials, maps, backgrounders, etc.

Chesapeake Bay Resource Page
This page from the Bridge has a comprehensive listing of general and educational resources, science and research links, and data links pertaining to the Chesapeake Bay.

BayTrippers Lesson Plans
This site contains tips, activities, and lesson plans including topics such as sedimentation, algae, and water conservation. K-12.

Living Bay Online
This site contains 10 lesson plans for teachers, and a collection of 10 ready-to-use activities and games for students focusing on the following subjects: microscopes, oyster anatomy, population estimation, microorganisms, watersheds, Dermo, biofilms, ballast water, invasive species, and plankton.

Watershed Radio
This environmental education project about the Chesapeake Bay watershed focuses on: scientific research, animals, plants, special people and places, natural history, and watershed organizations. Watershed Radio programs can support students in developing reading, writing, and listening skills as well as in developing a deeper understanding of the complex interactions between people, animals, plants, and water and other non-living components of the watershed. Each audio program has a background information page and list of further resources and links. K-12

Bay Photos, Facts, & Fun
This fun-filled page from the Chesapeake Bay Program includes a wide variety of virtual activities. Students can take short quizzes, print coloring pages, assemble a fish, take a Bay safari, and more!

Elementary

Where the River Meets the Sea Lesson Plans
Investigate the physical and biological environment of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem with these lesson plans. Topics include blue crabs, fish identification, oyster bar communities, tides, underwater grasses, water testing, and weather. Grades 3-7

Chesapeake Bay Drag & Drop Puzzle
This site from NASA allows students to construct a map of the Chesapeake Bay using false-color satellite imagery. Grades 1-4

Lessons from the BaySupports Virginia Standards of Learning
The purpose of Lessons from the Bay is to help Virginia school teachers of grades 3 through 6 incorporate into their classrooms a variety of activities and projects related to protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed.To accomplish this purpose, Lessons from the Bay offers five sections of instructional resources including 16 watershed lesson plans. Although the materials were designed for VA teachers, all Bay watershed teachers should find them useful. Grades 3-6.

History of the Chesapeake BaySupports Virginia Standards of Learning
This site contains ready-to-use student and teacher materials for a unit of study on the Chesapeake Bay. The study explores the effect of the Bay on the region's history and economic development. Objectives, text, activities, and student assessments are included. Applicable Virginia Standards of Learning are referenced. Grades 4-5.

Oysters in the ClassroomSupports Maryland State Content for Science
A collection of oyster lesson plans. Check out the "Oysters in the Environment" for aspects of the Eastern Oyster biology and ecology in the Chesapeake Bay. Grades 5-12.

Chesapeake & Coastal Bay Life
A guide to organisms found in and around the bay. Includes a detailed natural history database with an extensive species listing including fish, bay grasses, benthic organisms, aquatic insects, zooplankton, and phytoplankton. Grades 5-12.

What's in Your Watershed?Supports National Science Education Standards
In this Bridge data activity, students will use the Chesapeake Bay Program's Watershed Profile Data and land use data from the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission's Dragon Run Special Area Management Plan to compare land use and riparian buffers surrounding some of the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and to examine a unique environment in the watershed. Grades 5-12.

The Blue Crab's Chesapeake JourneySupports National Science Education Standards
Maine has its lobsters, Washington has its salmon, and in the U.S. mid-Atlantic, there is one animal that has historically symbolized the beauty, bounty, and energy of the Chesapeake Bay: the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. This activity uses blue crab data to see how the crabs use different areas of the Bay at different points in their life cycle. Grades 5-12.

More than MudSupports National Science Education Standards
This classroom activity from the Bridge uses benthic data from the Chesapeake Bay to investigate amphipods and sediment contamination. Grades 5-12.

Be A Bay Investigator!Supports National Science Education Standards
Explore the Chesapeake Bay using this data tip from the Bridge. Subjects covered include watershed ecology, species migration, physical parameters, bioindicators, and more. Grades 5-12.

Oyster GardensSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge examines the practice of oyster gardening—an effort to try and replenish these natural water filters. Look at the oyster survival rates of some Maryland oyster gardeners to see how they're faring, and get links to other oyster-related classroom activities. Grades 5-12.

Juvenile Oyster Disease: A Growing ProblemSupports National Science Education Standards
In this data activity from the Bridge, students will use research data from the University of Maine to determine if oyster size, time of planting, or water temperature is significant to the onset of juvenile oyster disease. Grades 5-12.

Catch & ReleaseSupports National Science Education Standards
Use this data tip from the Bridge to find out more about this conservation effort and plot catch & release data from the National Marine Fisheries Service to see the trends. Grades 5-12.

Taking a Bite Out of the Shark MythSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge puts your fears in perspective with statistics from the International Shark Attack File. Learn about scientists' concern over sharks' dwindling numbers and some studies that are designed to gain a better understanding of shark behavior. Graph the annual landings of certain shark species. Grades 5-12.

TidesSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge examines the factors that influence the tides and allows you to use NOAA tide data to make tidal predictions. Grades 5-12.

HurricanesSupports National Science Education Standards
This Bridge data tip answers the questions: What exactly is a hurricane, and how is it formed? Who are those brave "hurricane hunters" who fly into the eye of a storm? Real-time coordinates can be accessed during hurricane season to track a hurricane's path, and archived coordinates can be used for practice out-of-season. Grades 5-12.

Coastal Erosion: Where's the Beach?Supports National Science Education Standards
This Bridge data tip looks at some of the natural and not-so-natural factors influencing these processes. Conduct your own beach profile or access profile data from a Maryland beach and plot the changes over time for a graphic illustration of these processes. Grades 5-12.

Bay Plain and Piedmont: A Landscape History of the Chesapeake Bay
This extensive publication provides accurate information on the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay heartland, and reveals how a complex ever-changing web of relationships connects all of the region’s resources. This landscape history also serves as a consolidated reference for interpreting the Bay watershed’s cultural and natural resources. Chapters are in pdf format.

Middle School

Where the River Meets the Sea Lesson Plans
Investigate the physical and biological environment of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem with these lesson plans. Topics include blue crabs, fish identification, oyster bar communities, tides, underwater grasses, water testing, and weather. Grades 3-7

Eyes on the Bay: Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays Lesson Plans
These resources and lesson plans were developed to support science and environmental studies educators in integrating these topics within the regular curriculum when studying Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays (the lessons can be used by educators outside of Maryland). In this lesson series, the Eyes on the Bay website is used to gather information and interpret data. Grades 6-12

Lessons from the BaySupports Virginia Standards of Learning
The purpose of Lessons from the Bay is to help Virginia school teachers of grades 3 through 6 incorporate into their classrooms a variety of activities and projects related to protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed.To accomplish this purpose, Lessons from the Bay offers five sections of instructional resources including 16 watershed lesson plans. Although the materials were designed for VA teachers, all Bay watershed teachers should find them useful. Grades 3-6.

Blue Crabs in the Chesapeake BaySupports Virginia Standards of LearningSupports Maryland Standards of Learning
This curriculum and activity uses real data to track juvenile and adult blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay. Topics covered include blue crab biology, life cycle, anatomy and distribution. Features include data analysis guides, maps, weblinks, and standards correlations. Grades 7-12.

What's in Your Watershed?Supports National Science Education Standards
In this Bridge data activity, students will use the Chesapeake Bay Program's Watershed Profile Data and land use data from the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission's Dragon Run Special Area Management Plan to compare land use and riparian buffers surrounding some of the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and to examine a unique environment in the watershed. Grades 5-12.

The Blue Crab's Chesapeake JourneySupports National Science Education Standards
Maine has its lobsters, Washington has its salmon, and in the U.S. mid-Atlantic, there is one animal that has historically symbolized the beauty, bounty, and energy of the Chesapeake Bay: the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. This activity uses blue crab data to see how the crabs use different areas of the Bay at different points in their life cycle. Grades 5-12.

More than MudSupports National Science Education Standards
This classroom activity from the Bridge uses benthic data from the Chesapeake Bay to investigate amphipods and sediment contamination. Grades 5-12.

Be A Bay Investigator!Supports National Science Education Standards
Explore the Chesapeake Bay using this data tip from the Bridge. Subjects covered include watershed ecology, species migration, physical parameters, bioindicators, and more. Grades 5-12.

Oyster GardensSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge examines the practice of oyster gardening—an effort to try and replenish these natural water filters. Look at the oyster survival rates of some Maryland oyster gardeners to see how they're faring, and get links to other oyster-related classroom activities. Grades 5-12.

Juvenile Oyster Disease: A Growing ProblemSupports National Science Education Standards
In this data activity from the Bridge, students will use research data from the University of Maine to determine if oyster size, time of planting, or water temperature is significant to the onset of juvenile oyster disease. Grades 5-12.

Catch & ReleaseSupports National Science Education Standards
Use this data tip from the Bridge to find out more about this conservation effort and plot catch & release data from the National Marine Fisheries Service to see the trends. Grades 5-12.

Taking a Bite Out of the Shark MythSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge puts your fears in perspective with statistics from the International Shark Attack File. Learn about scientists' concern over sharks' dwindling numbers and some studies that are designed to gain a better understanding of shark behavior. Graph the annual landings of certain shark species. Grades 5-12.

TidesSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge examines the factors that influence the tides and allows you to use NOAA tide data to make tidal predictions. Grades 5-12.

HurricanesSupports National Science Education Standards
This Bridge data tip answers the questions: What exactly is a hurricane, and how is it formed? Who are those brave "hurricane hunters" who fly into the eye of a storm? Real-time coordinates can be accessed during hurricane season to track a hurricane's path, and archived coordinates can be used for practice out-of-season. Grades 5-12.

Coastal Erosion: Where's the Beach?Supports National Science Education Standards
This Bridge data tip looks at some of the natural and not-so-natural factors influencing these processes. Conduct your own beach profile or access profile data from a Maryland beach and plot the changes over time for a graphic illustration of these processes. Grades 5-12.

Oysters in the ClassroomSupports National Science Education Standards
A collection of oyster lesson plans. Check out the "Oysters in the Environment" for aspects of the Eastern Oyster biology and ecology in the Chesapeake Bay. Grades 5-12.

Chesapeake & Coastal Bay Life
A guide to organisms found in and around the bay. Includes a detailed natural history database with an extensive species listing including fish, bay grasses, benthic organisms, aquatic insects, zooplankton, and phytoplankton. Grades 5-12.

Aquatic Invaders
In this activity, students will explore the ways that native species interact in a healthy Chesapeake Bay. They will then learn about some of the ways that exotic or invasive species can threaten the balance of the ecosystem. Students will discover how the various elements of the Bay ecosystem are interconnected and investigate some of the issues associated with invasive species. Grades 6-8.

Bay Plain and Piedmont: A Landscape History of the Chesapeake Bay
This extensive publication provides accurate information on the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay heartland, and reveals how a complex ever-changing web of relationships connects all of the region's resources. This landscape history also serves as a consolidated reference for interpreting the Bay watershed's cultural and natural resources. Chapters are in pdf format.

High School

High Tide Project Lesson Plans
This page lists 11 classroom-ready lesson plans that use actual data collected from the High Tide Project. These lessons are applicable to the following subjects: biology, chemistry, physics, oceanography, marine science, earth science, environmental science, and math (includes graphing calculator activities).

Eyes on the Bay: Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays Lesson Plans
These resources and lesson plans were developed to support science and environmental studies educators in integrating these topics within the regular curriculum when studying Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays (the lessons can be used by educators outside of Maryland). In this lesson series, the Eyes on the Bay website is used to gather information and interpret data. Grades 6-12

Blue Crabs in the Chesapeake BaySupports Virginia Standards of LearningSupports Maryland Standards of Learning
This curriculum and activity uses real data to track juvenile and adult blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay. Topics covered include blue crab biology, life cycle, anatomy and distribution. Features include data analysis guides, maps, weblinks, and standards correlations. Grades 7-12.

Invasion of an Exotic Species: Stop the Zebra Mussel!Supports Virginia Standards of Learning
The zebra mussel is an exotic freshwater mollusk from Europe which was accidentally introduced into the United States in the Great Lakes area in 1985 or 1986. The mussels reproduce rapidly in suitable habitats and have created serious environmental and economic problems in many parts of the country. Zebra mussels are now present in the Chesapeake Bay-take part in this interactive game to determine where they will spread next! Grades 8-12.

What's in Your Watershed?Supports National Science Education Standards
In this Bridge data activity, students will use the Chesapeake Bay Program's Watershed Profile Data and land use data from the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission's Dragon Run Special Area Management Plan to compare land use and riparian buffers surrounding some of the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and to examine a unique environment in the watershed. Grades 5-12.

The Blue Crab's Chesapeake JourneySupports National Science Education Standards
Maine has its lobsters, Washington has its salmon, and in the U.S. mid-Atlantic, there is one animal that has historically symbolized the beauty, bounty, and energy of the Chesapeake Bay: the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. This activity uses blue crab data to see how the crabs use different areas of the Bay at different points in their life cycle. Grades 5-12.

More than MudSupports National Science Education Standards
This classroom activity from the Bridge uses benthic data from the Chesapeake Bay to investigate amphipods and sediment contamination. Grades 5-12.

Be A Bay Investigator!Supports National Science Education Standards
Explore the Chesapeake Bay using this data tip from the Bridge. Subjects covered include watershed ecology, species migration, physical parameters, bioindicators, and more. Grades 5-12.

Oyster GardensSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge examines the practice of oyster gardening—an effort to try and replenish these natural water filters. Look at the oyster survival rates of some Maryland oyster gardeners to see how they're faring, and get links to other oyster-related classroom activities. Grades 5-12.

Juvenile Oyster Disease: A Growing ProblemSupports National Science Education Standards
In this data activity from the Bridge, students will use research data from the University of Maine to determine if oyster size, time of planting, or water temperature is significant to the onset of juvenile oyster disease. Grades 5-12.

Catch & ReleaseSupports National Science Education Standards
Use this data tip from the Bridge to find out more about this conservation effort and plot catch & release data from the National Marine Fisheries Service to see the trends. Grades 5-12.

Taking a Bite Out of the Shark MythSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge puts your fears in perspective with statistics from the International Shark Attack File. Learn about scientists' concern over sharks' dwindling numbers and some studies that are designed to gain a better understanding of shark behavior. Graph the annual landings of certain shark species. Grades 5-12.

TidesSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge examines the factors that influence the tides and allows you to use NOAA tide data to make tidal predictions. Grades 5-12.

HurricanesSupports National Science Education Standards
This Bridge data tip answers the questions: What exactly is a hurricane, and how is it formed? Who are those brave "hurricane hunters" who fly into the eye of a storm? Real-time coordinates can be accessed during hurricane season to track a hurricane's path, and archived coordinates can be used for practice out-of-season. Grades 5-12.

Coastal Erosion: Where's the Beach?Supports National Science Education Standards
This Bridge data tip looks at some of the natural and not-so-natural factors influencing these processes. Conduct your own beach profile or access profile data from a Maryland beach and plot the changes over time for a graphic illustration of these processes. Grades 5-12.

Bay Quest-Internet Web Quest on Chesapeake Bay Water Quality
With this lesson plan, students take on the role of scientists, fisherfolk, conservationists, government liaisons, and coastal residents and use web links to evaluate Chesapeake Bay water quality. Includes an evaluational rubric and follow-up lessons for instructors. Grades 9-12

Chesapeake & Coastal Bay Life
A guide to organisms found in and around the bay. Includes a detailed natural history database with an extensive species listing including fish, bay grasses, benthic organisms, aquatic insects, zooplankton, and phytoplankton. Grades 5-12.

Biofilms & Biodiversity
An interactive lesson plan that focuses on biofilm investigation. Includes an introduction highlighting the Chesapeake Bay estuary and some upper-level statistical concepts. Grades 9-12.

Oysters in the ClassroomSupports Maryland State Content for Science
A collection of oyster lesson plans. Check out the "Oysters in the Environment" for aspects of the Eastern Oyster biology and ecology in the Chesapeake Bay. Grades 5-12.

Chesapeake Bay Bolide
Describes the geologic events pertaining to the Chesapeake Bay. Grades 9-12.

Chesapeake Bay-Our History and Our Future
A comprehensive source of historical information about the Chesapeake Bay. Topics include: Native Americans, the Colonial Period, Oyster Wars, the 20th Century, Economy, Lighthouses, and Watermen. A great resource for starting a Chesapeake Bay unit. Grades 9-12.

Bay Plain and Piedmont: A Landscape History of the Chesapeake Bay
This extensive publication provides accurate information on the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay heartland, and reveals how a complex ever-changing web of relationships connects all of the region's resources. This landscape history also serves as a consolidated reference for interpreting the Bay watershed's cultural and natural resources. Chapters are in pdf format.

 
 



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