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Chesapeake Champs

Teacher's Guide

Introduction and Standards

In other sections of the Bayville website, young people learn about the Chesapeake Bay—its creatures, its ecosystems, its people, its challenges. In Chesapeake Champs the focus is turned to personal action and environmental stewardship. Students reflect on their own behaviors, answering the question, “What do I do to help the Bay?” In order to answer this question, they take a survey that lets them see how some of their everyday behaviors and actions impact the Chesapeake Bay. They also learn about work that other young people are doing to protect and restore the Bay and its resources.

Standards Addressed

6.0 Environmental Sciences

Grade 4
B. Environmental Issues

  1. Recognize and describe that people depend on, change, and are affected by the environment.
    1. Identify and describe that human activities in a community or region are affected by environmental factors, such as presence and quality of water, soil type, temperature, and precipitation.

Grade 5
A. Natural Resources and Human Needs

  1. Recognize and explain how renewable and nonrenewable natural resources are used by humans to meet basic needs.
    1. Identify and compare renewable resources and nonrenewable resources.
    2. Describe how humans use renewable natural resources.
      • Plants
      • Soil
      • Water
      • Animals
    3. Describe how humans use nonrenewable natural resources.
      • Oil
      • Coal
      • Natural gas
      • Minerals, including metals

B. Environmental Issues

  1. Recognize and explain that decisions influencing the use of natural resources may have benefits, drawbacks, unexpected conse­quences, and tradeoffs.
    1. Identify and describe personal and community behaviors that waste natural resources and/or cause environmental harm and those behaviors that maintain or improve the environment.
    2. Identify and describe that individuals and groups assess and manage risk to the environment differently.

B. Environmental issues

  1. Recognize and describe that consequences may occur when Earth’s natural re­sources are used.
    1. Explain how human activities, such as recycling centers, native plantings in schoolyard habitats, and good farming practices may have positive consequences on the natural environment.
    2. Explain how human activities such as damage or destruction done to habitats; air, water, land and/or noise pollution, may have a negative consequence on the natural environment.
    3. Identify and describe that an environmental issue affects different individuals and groups.

Grade 6
A. Natural Resources and Human Needs

  1. Recognize and compare how different parts of the world have varying amounts and types of natural resources and how the use of those resources impacts environ­mental quality. 
    1. Identify and describe natural resources, such as agricultural lands, energy, minerals, water, wildlife, forests, and fisheries.
    2. Identify and describe the distribution of natural resources around the Earth
    3. Identify and describe how the natural change process may be affected by human activities, such as agriculture, beach preservation, mining, development/construction, and stream/river alteration.
    4. Identify and describe problems associated with obtaining, using, and distributing natural resources.
    5. Identify possible solutions to problems associated with obtaining, using, and distributing natural resources.

B. Environmental Issues

  1. Recognize and explain that human-caused changes have consequences for the immediate environment as well as for other places and future times.
    1. Identify and describe a range of local issues that have an impact on people in other places.
    2. Recognize and describe how environmental change in one part of the world can have consequences for other parts of the world.
    3. Identify and describe that ecosystems can be impacted by human activities, such as resource acquisition and use, land use decisions (agriculture, mining, and development), recycling, and waste disposal.

Grade 7
B. Environmental Issues

  1. Recognize and describe that environmental changes can have local, regional, and global consequences.
    1. Identify and describe a local, regional, or global environmental issue.
    2. Identify and describe that different individuals or groups are affected by an issue in different ways.

Grade 8
B. Environmental Issues

  1. Recognize and explain how human activities can accelerate or magnify many naturally occurring changes.
    1. Identify and describe how natural processes, such as natural disasters, cyclic climate change, flooding, volcanic eruptions, drought, soil erosion, sedimentation in watersheds, natural selection, population cycles, extinction, forest fires, and deforestation change the environment.
    2. Identify and describe how human activities produce changes in natural processes, such as climate change (acquisition, use, and distribution of energy resources), development (erosion, habitat destruction and fragmentation, and deforestation), extinction (habitat destruction and introduction of nonnative species), and cycling of matter (waste disposal practices).
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