Maryland Streams – Teaching Resources
Sharing and Analyzing Data – Tools for Inquiry
- Eyes on the Bay and Eyes on the Bay Mobile for Real-Time Data – Maryland’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.
- Chesapeake Bay FieldScope – National Geographic Society’s web-based mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool. See listing above for more information. This is where you will upload stream data collected by students, and where you can find additional data to use in the classroom. FieldScope lesson plans (a few samples provided below):
- Sharing Data in FieldScope – After participating in field study, students will return to the classroom and assess the collected data to produce the highest quality dataset. The class will then upload the data in order to share their findings with the citizen science community.
- Dissolved Oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay – Students analyze how dissolved oxygen conditions change in the Chesapeake Bay over the course of the year and learn about the danger of low dissolved oxygen conditions to underwater habitats.
- Salinity in the Estuary – Students explore the varying salinity of the Chesapeake Bay estuary by manipulating and analyzing real-time and student-input data.
- 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.