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Learners explore the effects of tides and salinity on an estuary. In this salinity and tides lesson plan, students complete 3 activities which help them understand estuarine systems. They study the tides in the Chesapeake Bay, they study the salinity where the York River meets the bay and they study the interaction of the tides and a river flow.
Students explore ways that individuals and groups of organisms interact with each other in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. They, examine cause and effect relationships among plants and animals found in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Students articulate the impact the introduction of new species and/or the disappearance of old species has on the entire Bay ecosystem.
Students explore how can the impacts of change in coastal ecosystems be predicted help prepare for potential impacts on natural resources. Students define ecological forecasting, explain the ecological preference of sea nettles in the Chesapeake Bay, and describe the economic and ecological impacts associated with large numbers of sea nettles.
Students explore environmental protection by creating a presentation in class. In this Chesapeake Bay lesson, students discuss the current threats from human beings towards the delicate balance of life near the bay. Students identify the facts and create a presentation sharing their cleanup ideas with the class.
Using an incredibly engaging activity and detailed lesson plan, your learners will serve as advisors to President Madison on whether to participate in what would become the War of 1812! Utilize a variety of effective instructional strategies to acquaint your class with the causes of the war. There are opportunities for group work and independent practice, analysis of primary sources, and written or performance assessments.
Use this exceptional resource to examine the discourse and debate that occurred at the start of the War of 1812 with your class. Learners will first consider their own position on the war in a silent journal writing activity. Then after consulting primary source documents through guided instruction, independent practice, and working in pairs, your class will come together to summarize source material and construct an informed argument on the issue.
Choosing sides is no easy matter, and this was certainly true for the citizens of Baltimore in the beginning stages of the Civil War. Using video, group analysis of several primary sources, and discussion, this detailed and thorough lesson plan will really get your class thinking about the divided loyalties that existed during the war, as well as some of the difficult choices that Abraham Lincoln was forced to make.
What, if anything, makes a war "just"? This is an interesting and important question to explore with your class, and you can utilize an excellent lesson plan to support your group inquiry. The American Revolution and the War of 1812 are focus subjects in this investigation into the concept and justification behind war as a whole.
Music can help us to access memories and events in a meaningful way, and Francis Scott Key used specific words to convey what he had seen and felt when writing what would become America's national anthem. Help your class connect to the "Star-Spangled Banner" and explore the impact of the song as a poetic description of unifying moment in the nation's history.
Does your class know that all water that falls from a watershed ends up in the same large waterway? If they don't, they will after they complete this activity. They make a clay model of a landscape that looks similar to a topographical map with watersheds included. They pour water into their sheds and observe how it converges into a single larger body of water. They write what they observe on a data collection sheet, create their own definition of a watershed, and anser several prompts to show what they know.