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topic area:  maryland birds

grade level:  3rd - 12th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

Did you know that there are 10,000+ species of birds on earth? Or that 436 species have been found in Maryland? In this activity, students learn about Maryland's birds and how to find, observe, and identify them. They'll also learn about why birds are so important and think about ways humans can be "good neighbors" to the birds in our communities.

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become a birder

topic area:  trash wheels

grade level:  kindergarten - 2nd

ngss alignment:  coming soon

Get creative while coloring! Enjoy a series of coloring pages featuring Captain Trash Wheel, the trash-gobbling machine who lives at Masonville Cove.

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topic area:  diamondback terrapins

grade level:  3rd - 8th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

What’s it like to study terrapins and terrapin nests as a scientist on Poplar Island? In this activity, students simulate diamondback terrapin nest research to learn how environmental restoration makes an impact on terrapins and to practice their research and critical thinking skills.

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diamonds in the sand

topic area:  diamondback terrapins

grade level:  kindergarten - 2nd

ngss alignment:  coming soon

What's it like to study terrapins and terrapin nests like real scientists do? This activity is adapted from the "diamonds in the sand" lesson for older students, and gets little scientists thinking about what it means for scientists and citizens to look out for the wildlife that live near us.

diamonds in the sand (for little scientists)
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topic area:  maryland birds

grade level:  3rd - 5th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

Imagine what life would be like as a Bald Eagle! Would it be easy to survive, or would there be challenges? In this interactive game students pretend to live like eagles and learn about how wildlife conservation efforts have helped eagles. This lesson can be paired with a short distance learning presentation from MES' educators.

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topic area:  trash wheels

grade level:  3rd - 8th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

How exactly does a trash wheel work? In this interactive e-learning module, students will learn how the different parts of a trash wheel fit together to make trash wheels function and try their hand at trash wheel trivia. This lesson includes extension activities in STEM (designing a trash wheel) and environmental science (thinking critically about runoff into local waterways).

topic area:  dredging & habitat restoration

grade level:  9th - 12th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

What do shipping and environmental restoration have in common? In this lesson students will use project-based group learning to examine the history of Cox Creek and the Swan Creek Wetlands and see how shipping in the Chesapeake Bay has helped propel environmental restoration.

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map-tivity: cox creek
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topic area:  dredging & habitat restoration

grade level:  9th - 12th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

What's happening that some of the Chesapeake Bay's vanishing islands are actually getting larger? In this lesson students will use project-based group learning to examine the history of Hart-Miller Island and learn how dredging has impacted the way the island looks today.

map-tivity: hart-miller island
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topic area:  dredging & habitat restoration

grade level:  9th - 12th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

How does runoff affect water quality in Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay? What can be done to improve water quality related to runoff? In this lesson students will use project-based group learning to examine the relationship between runoff, dredging in the Chesapeake Bay, and Masonville Cove.

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map-tivity: masonville cove
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topic area:  dredging & habitat restoration

grade level:  9th - 12th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

How has human activity shaped change to the islands in the Chesapeake Bay? Can lost islands be restored? In this lesson students will use project-based group learning to examine the history of Poplar Island from a thriving small community to a vanishing habitat to the successful ecological restoration project you see today.

topic area:  exploring nature

grade level:  kindergarten - 2nd

ngss alignment:  coming soon

Explore the nature in your neighborhood while playing Captain Trash Wheel's BINGO game! Explorers will look for plants, critters, and other items in nature (like animal tracks) and try to get "five in a row" (just like regular BINGO) or try to find all the nature items as an extra challenge.

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topic area:  maryland birds

grade level:  3rd - 5th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

Imagine what life would be like as a Northern Osprey! Would it be easy to survive, or would there be challenges? In this game students pretend to live like osprey and learn about how human actions and natural forces shape the survival of this amazing species. This lesson can be paired with a short distance learning presentation from MES' educators.

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topic area:  dredging & habitat restoration

grade level:  3rd - 8th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

Get the scoop on... well, dirt! (We promise, it's pretty cool). In this activity students will watch a short video about dredging and use their new-found knowledge to answer questions about shipping and sediment.

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topic area:  terrapins

grade level:  kindergarten - 2nd

 

ngss alignment:  coming soon

Get creative while coloring! Enjoy a series of coloring pages featuring Maryland's favorite turtle.

topic area:  diamondback terrapins

grade level:  3rd - 5th

ngss alignment:  coming soon

Imagine what life would be like as a diamondback terrapin! Would it be easy to survive or would there be challenges? In this interactive game students pretend to live like terrapins and learn about how human actions and natural forces shape the survival of Maryland's state reptile. This lesson can be paired with a short distance learning presentation from MES' educators and terrapin ambassadors.

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