Expedition Chesapeake’s educational modules will be aligned with the appropriate state academic standards and designed to meet your needs in the classroom. The goal is to have science content serve as the “hook” for an interdisciplinary unit of study that can be used to build skills in other areas to include writing, public speaking, mathematics and social sciences.
This project is not designed to make more work for you… it is designed with you and your students in mind, to be used as a tool to meet the requirements of your state academic standards in science content in addition to select standards in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics and social sciences. All lessons will be aligned to the academic standards of states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Students in grades 8-10 will be the initial target for the educational modules. Project educational staff will be soliciting feedback from current practitioners in classrooms throughout the watershed to determine everything from the types of student experiences that are “must-haves” to the degree of science content background information for teachers that is necessary to ensure confidence among the teachers who will be implementing the modules within their district’s curriculum.
Project-based educational modules will be accessed through the Expedition Chesapeake interactive website, providing an incredible amount of resources previously unavailable to teachers to be accessed in a single location without the need for more textbooks. Modules will be designed to allow teachers to integrate content and skill development across the curriculum or be used exclusively within the science curriculum—the choice is yours.
Examples of planned resources include digital video interviews with research scientists who are exploring current management practices that address ecological challenges throughout the watershed, lesson plans designed to engage and excite the students about examining real-world issues within their local area, comprehensive background information for teachers and the ability to access current research information all within a single location.