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Chesapeake Bay

Activity 2 (Explore): Introducing the

Chesapeake Bay

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Activity Summary

In this activity, students get to know the Chesapeake Bay a little better by watching a video, looking at maps, and reading an article. The goal is for students to develop greater familiarity and connection with the Bay, while also learning some important facts for their investigation.


A Note About Place-Based Learning: Students may have a conceptual idea of the Bay, or they may have seen it when they rode over the Bay bridge, but few of them have the strong internal connection for the Bay that many conservationists have. Be sure to help students develop some of that connection, which goes beyond the technical definition of what they Bay is. The video students watch in this activity is designed to help with that. You may also consider putting up pictures of the Bay around the classroom during this module to help students build that connection, or even scheduling a trip with organizations like CBF to take students to the Bay.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 45 minutes


  • Students will know key information about the Chesapeake Bay

  • Students will develop questions about the Chesapeake Bay



  • Computer & Projector

  • Speakers

  • Chart paper (or other way to display document)



  • I see & hear, I think, I wonder: The Chesapeake Bay (with teacher guide)

  • About the Chesapeake Bay reading

Standards Connection




1. Frame the Activity


2. Video: The Chesapeake Bay By Air (preview)

3. Video Share


4. I Think

5. Reading: About the Chesapeake Bay

6. I Wonder

7. Return to the Phenomenon

8. Formative Assessment: Exit TIcket


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Rebecca Davis, Education Manager


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