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Teacher Resources: Lessons, Programs, Professional Development
Lesson, tools for classroom and field study – streams
Explore and Restore Maryland Streams
Montgomery County Public Schools Stream / Pond Study
: Students investigate the local watershed and work in groups to assess the health of a nearby stream or pond.
Bridging the Watershed
is a program of the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and area schools, designed to promote student academic achievement and environmental stewardship through hands-on curriculum-based outdoor studies in national parks and public lands. Lesson modules with background information are available online as well as park-specific curriculum units, to prepare students for their field studies and provide guidance for data analysis after a field study. AFF provides lesson plans, in-school visits, guided field experiences, and
teacher professional development opportunities
Stream macroinvertebrate identification
provides a web-based mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool designed to support geographic investigations and to engage students as citizen scientists investigating real-world issues – both in the classroom and in outdoor educational settings. They have both a
Save Our Streams (SOS), Izaak Walton League of America
is a national clean-water education and outreach program, with a program in Maryland. Educators and citizen scientists can find information here about
Biological Stream Monitoring
Water Quality Monitoring
Stream Enhancement and Restoration
. Tap into
, where groups of middle school kids perform stream monitoring in their communities.
Storm Drain Stenciling
is a service learning activity for your school, community association, 4-H, Scout, or other youth group. Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers stenciling materials on loan to educators and groups.
Upload the location of the drain to our
storm drain mapping site
. Students can be part of a statewide initiative to map all our storm drains, whether stenciled or not. Students can then visit the updated map to see their data input, and use it to spark more action projects!
The Stream Scene: Watersheds, Wildlife and People
(from Oregon, but applicable to Maryland with adaptation) – Aquatic education program, 550-page online guide for learning about watershed systems (upland, riparian, and aquatic areas) and aquatic life, with lesson plans and full complement of teacher resources for classroom and field investigations. See table of contents
Lesson plans – water, watershed, Chesapeake Bay
(Water Education for Teachers): Worldwide Water Education – grades K-12. A trained network of teachers, resource professionals, and citizens organize and teach
Project WET workshops throughout Maryland
. Maryland DNR offers trainings and has aligned these materials to Maryland State Curriculum requirements.
EPA Lesson Plans
: The Environmental Protection Agency offers several lesson plans and
NAAEE Lesson Plans
: The North American Association for Environmental Education offers a clearinghouse listing of educational materials and lesson plans for all grades PreK-12, on a wide variety of topics, including water, watersheds, oil spills, climate change, and more.
Additional educational resources
– The Chesapeake Bay Program maintains this growing collection of books, multimedia, curriculum guides, individual lesson plans online data sources and other teaching resources, locations for field studies, training, funding and more.
Eyes on the Bay
Eyes on the Bay Mobile for Real-Time Data
Maryland’s site for Chesapeake Bay data and reports from monitoring water quality conditions such as salinity, dissolved oxygen, algal blooms and more.Includes
to help integrate science and environmental studies within the regular curriculum when studying Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays, using technology and current scientific data; and to facilitate authentic science and environmental investigations.
MSDE Environmental Education ToolKit
: Maryland State Department of Education offers resources to assist with meeting state environmental literacy standards: the
Environmental Literacy Standards
By Grade-bands, and a number of additional resources and guidance materials for grades Pre-K to 12.
Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education
(MAEOE) provides links to
teacher professional development opportunities
and resources for educators.
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