Maryland Sea Grant has supported the development of a range of lesson plans on coastal, marine, and environmental science.
The lesson plans presented below are based on the 5E Instructional Model, which emphasize inquiry, critical thinking, and the process of science. The plans were written by schoolteachers on fellowships to improve their instructional skills in this area.
You can benefit from their experience and enrich your own teaching. You can use these resources to encourage your students to undertake research projects and to learn about current research in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Some lesson plans incorporate field components to expand students' investigations beyond classroom walls.
Each lesson plan provides these categories of information: Objectives, Lesson Materials, Procedures, References, and State Standard Indicators.
Smithville is a community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the edge of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. A century ago, Smithville had more than 100 residents. Today, it has four, in two homes: an elderly couple, and one elderly woman and her son, who cares for her.
Oyster aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry in Maryland’s Chesapeake waters which stimulates economic activity and may provide a host of ecosystem benefits. A potential concern associated with the intensification of the oyster aquaculture is the local production and accumulation of oyster biodeposits, which can lead to a porewater sulfide accumulation and declining bioturbation, symptoms of declining ecosystem function. Sulfide is naturally removed from the seafloor by the interactions between bioturbating infauna and sulfide oxidizing bacteria.