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Lesson Plans

The lessons are organized in six parts and are designed to occur over four forty-minute class periods. 

Chesapeake Bay satellite 1

Lesson Plan, Presentation Slides

Introduction

Why are there dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay?  Use a short slideshow to engage students with the Chesapeake Bay. 

food web before

Lesson Plan, Worksheet

Chesapeake Bay Before

This worksheet prepares students to compare this historic food web of the Chesapeake Bay to the food web of the present day.

food web after

Lesson Plan, Worksheet

Chesapeake Bay Today

Students analyze the food web of today’s Chesapeake Bay with large-scale fishing.

human role in bay

Lesson Plan, Worksheet

Summary of Activity Worksheet

Students summarize what they learned from analyzing historic and present day food webs and data on historic and present day oyster catch and nutrient levels.

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