Awesome fusion of biology and earth science, even geography! Applicable to all levels: college prep and special education.
Please see preview due to unique format. Activities are designed as an alternative to text based activities. Answer key provided.
The following links are a great addition for research and background on the Chesapeake Bay - the largest U.S. estuary.
Rivers Meeting the Sea. Come and Meet the ESTUARY!
One of the most underused content topics in Earth and Environmental Science as well as Geography and Biology.
A Comprehensive Exploration of United States Estuaries: Physical Features and Biology. Come See the Chesapeake Bay – the Most Famous Estuary - Up Close! Play with Birds, Reptiles, Fish, Amphibians, Plants, Animals, Trees, Shellfish, and more... Use Your Round Trip Ticket to Visit Alaska, Maine, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, California, Washington, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.
Placing the estuary definition and place in the water cycle processes.
Completion of image matching for a standard estuary diagram: wetlands, shallows, grass beds, shellfish, sediments, forests, and commercial/industrial development.
Chesapeake Bay including the Delaware Bay, Atlantic Ocean, Susquehanna River, and Potomac River including their diagram and life association.
Life in the estuary: animals, birds, shellfish, plants, trees, reptiles, and amphibians.
United States estuary map identification.
Exploration of the 8 most important estuaries of the United States.
-Puget Sound, Washington
-Cook Inlet, Alaska
-Merrymeeting Bay, Maine
-Boston Harbor, Massachusetts
-Chesapeake Bay, Delmarva
-San Francisco Bay, California
-Pamlico Sound, North Carolina
-Tampa Bay, Florida
Within the Chesapeake Bay, identify some of the most common animals found from the Susquehanna to the Atlantic Ocean:
Sika Deer, Eastern Cottontail, OtterMarsh Rice Rat, Horseshoe Crab, American Black Bear, Gray Fox, Beaver, Bobcat, Delmarva Fox Squirrel, Raccoon, Red Fox, White-Tailed Deer, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Little Brown Bat, Virginia Opossum.
Birds: Snow Goose, Big Brown Bat, Red Winged Blackbird, Barred Owl, Canadian Goose, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Bald Eagle, Mallard Duck and Hen, Wild Turkey, Snowy Owl, Osprey, Northern Cardinal, Mute Swan, Carolina Chickadee, and Brown Pelican.
Shellfish and Fish: Atlantic Ghost Crab, Blue Crab, Bay Scallop, Eastern Oyster, Black Drum, Mud Shrimp, Hard Clam, Starry Flounder, Atlantic Ribbed Mussel, Barnacle, Sea Star, Smallmouth Bass, Sea Cucumber, American Eel, Brief Squid, Blue Gill, Largemouth Bass, Lined Seahorse, Cownose Ray, Flathead Catfish, Brook Trout, Hermit Crab, Jellyfish, and Bullshark.
Plants and Trees: American Longleaf Pondweed, Wild Celery Grass, Shoal Grass, Phragmites, Seaside Goldenrod, Sweet Magnolia, Wild Rice, and Water Chestnut.
Reptiles and Amphibians: Black Rat Snake, Diamond Terrapin, Eastern Garter Snake, Green Tree Frog, Northern Red Salamander, Red Bellied Cooter Turtle, Rough Green Snake, and Spotted Salamander.
This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
Also, perfect for homeschooling!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about estuaries and animals. This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your hydrology, oceanography, biology, geography, and environmental science teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 3rd – 10th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, and administrators.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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