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A plethora of information about the blue crabs of Chesapeake Bay will amaze and delight your marine biologists. They learn, through direct instruction, about the characteristics and life cycle of this fascinating arthropod. A highlight of this lesson is an analysis of actual data on the whereabouts of the crab at the larval stage, the juvenile stage, and adults. Links to four worksheets and many other resources are embedded into the lesson plan.
Students 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 apply what they learn about the life stages of the Blue Crab to survey data on numbers in the Chesapeake Bay area.  For this ecology lesson, students discover the migration pattern of the Blue Crab between brackish water and ocean water.
Middle schoolers explore an ongoing situation in the Chesapeake Bay: the disappearance of large meadows of underwater grasses, collectively known as SAV, or submerged aquatic vegetation. They form their own opinions as to why it's disappearing.
In this problem solving worksheet, middle schoolers are given a series of events that occur in the Chesapeake Bay related to the rockfish. Students provide a solution to saving endangered fish and they use information/data to hypothesize why rockfish are dying in the bay.
Young scholars 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.
Third graders identify sources of salt water and fresh water that enter the Chesapeake Bay. They build a model watershed and describe how runoff enters the Bay.
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.
Students forecast sea nettle abundance in Chesapeake Bay. In this life science lesson, students calculate the probability of encountering sea nettles from the data on Chrysaora quinquecirrha collected between 1987-2000. They also explain the limitation of their forecasts.
Students explore environmental stewardship. They examine the effects of behaviors on Chesapeake Bay. Students observe environmental work that is being completed to protect the Bay and its resources. They make recommendations for improvement.
Students explore the ways native species interact in a healthy Chesapeake Bay. They investigate issues associated with invasive species.
Students investigate the environmental problems that surround the Chesapeake Bay area. They use an environmental handout as a resource that should be supplemented with research. Also students ask specific questions to report findings and communicate solutions to problems.
Students conduct a simulation to determine the health of local streams and rivers. They role-play as researchers, scientists, politicians, and writers and use technology to implement plans to improve the quality of waterbodies.
In this math lesson, students calculate the cost of bridge construction and time of completion. They solve and write short answers to 5 questions using mathematical operations.
In this reading comprehension learning exercise, students read a story about log canoes on the Chesapeake Bay and examine the dialogue between characters. Students use the dialogue between the characters to answer five short answer questions.
Students discover how large the ocean is as part of our world.  In this investigative lesson students do an activity to see how much ocean covers our world, record data and graph their information. 
In this Chesapeake Bay worksheet, students read word problems and answer questions about years passed, and money spent on the two ways to drive over Chesapeake Bay. Students complete 5 problems.
In this lighthouses on Chesapeake Bay worksheet, students read 4 passages about different lighthouses and answer 8 questions about them.
Students explore Virginia geography.  In this Virginia history and geography lesson, students examine a copy of the map John Smith used to explore Virginia.  Students compare and contrast this map with a current map, and complete a related worksheet.

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