For Educators

To access Expedition Chesapeake educational modules, click here.

Expedition Chesapeake’s educational modules are 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.

These materials are not designed to make more work for you… they are 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 are aligned to the academic standards of states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Students in grades 8-10 are the primary target for the educational modules. Project educational staff has solicited 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 can 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 are designed to allow teachers to integrate content and skill development across the curriculum or 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 are designed to engage and excite the students about examining real-world issues within their local area and include comprehensive background information for teachers with the ability to access current research information all within a single location.


We express our thanks to the following organizations for their support for this project: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection, Conservation and Natural Resources, Community and Economic Development and Agriculture as well as the Dauphin County Department of Economic and Community Development and the Susquehanna River Commission.

Although this project is funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency, it does not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of the EPA.