Lesson Plans

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

Introduction

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Introduction

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

Chesapeake Bay Before

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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.

Chesapeake Bay Today

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Chesapeake Bay Today

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

Summary of Activity Worksheet

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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.