This collection provides procedures for teaching various watershed topics. Each lesson plan includes correlations to the Virginia Standards of Learning (grades 3–6), background information, and resources, as well as suggestions for assessment and extensions. The teacher should evaluate each lesson and emphasize the instruction and activities that are most appropriate for the students' grade level.
- Journey of a Raindrop to the Chesapeake Bay
What path does a raindrop take when traveling from the schoolyard to the Chesapeake Bay, and what does it pick up along the way?
- Does It Soak Right In?
Which types of land surfaces allow water to soak in, and which cause water to run off the ground?
- Wetlands: Here All Year?
What are wetlands, and why are some wet year-round and others only during certain times?
- Types of Pollution
What are the different types of water pollution?
- Stream Creatures: Clues to Stream Health
What are freshwater macroinvertebrates, and how can they tell us whether the water in which they live is polluted or clean?
- Muddying the Waters
How does sediment affect water quality?
- Grasses, Grasses Everywhere
How are underwater grasses similar to the grass in the schoolyard? What do grasses need, and how do they benefit their environment?
- Who Killed SAV?
What factors have contributed to the decline of submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay?
- A River Runs Through It
How does land use along a river impact the health of the river and the Chesapeake Bay?
- Riparian Buffers
How do riparian buffers protect streams, rivers, and wildlife?
- Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Bay
What was the Chesapeake Bay like when John Smith explored it, and how has the Bay changed since the early 17th century?
- Succession and Forest Habitats
How is the Chesapeake Bay watershed affected by forest loss and fragmentation?
- Bay and Pond Food Webs
How does energy move through a food web in a pond and in the Chesapeake Bay?
- Native vs. Non-native Species: Who Will Win?
How do non-native animal and plant species cause problems in our schoolyard and in the Chesapeake Bay?
- Wasting Water
Why is it important to conserve water, and what are some common ways water is wasted?
- Going for Water
If persons today had to haul their own water instead of rely on plumbing, would they use as much water?