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Maryland Streams – Teaching Resources

Sharing and Analyzing Data – Tools for Inquiry


  • Eyes on the Bay and Eyes on the Bay Mobile for Real-Time DataMaryland’s site for Chesapeake Bay data and reports from monitoring water quality conditions such as salinity, dissolved oxygen, algal blooms and more. Includes lesson plans to help integrate science and environmental studies within the regular curriculum when studying Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays, using technology and current scientific data; and to facilitate authentic science and environmental investigations.

  • National Geographic Society Fieldscope provides a web-based mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool designed to support geographic investigations and to engage students as citizen scientists investigating real-world issues – both in the classroom and in outdoor educational settings.  They have both a national and regional site with corresponding maps and resources.  The New Maryland Fieldscope is where you will upload stream data collected by students, and where you can find additional data to use in the classroom to compare, analyze, track trends, and more.

  • Monitoring Estuarine Water Quality, Data in the Classroom, National Estuarine Research Reserve System – This curriculum guide contains five activities designed for grades 6-8 that incorporate real data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The activities are organized with five levels of increasing sophistication, from understanding how to access and interpret water quality data and how to look for patterns and changes over time, to examining the effects of physical water quality factors on species that live in a given environment. By the end of the module, students can continue to explore data sets driven by their own inquiry. Modules include reading water temperature data, understanding dissolved oxygen, introducing salinity and more.

  • Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Mapping Center provides access to surface water quality information in a geographic format. It provides mapped information on pH, bacteria, metals, nutrients, sediments and other pollutants.