Thinkport Newsletter: Chesapeake Bay Week and the Environment

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April 2018


Chesapeake Bay Week-April 22-28, 2018
Join Maryland Public Television for a special week of programming that sheds light on the history, culture, science and current challenges of the Chesapeake Bay. Come along as we  examine the effects of rising sea level and water pollution, dive into the rich history of the Conowingo Dam, check out the best places to eat crabs and oysters, and much more. 

> View Chesapeake Bay Week Program Schedule on MPT 

Join the conversation on social media using hashtag #ChesBayWeek

Educational Activities

Extend learning into the classroom and at home during Chesapeake Bay Week (CBW) with a collection of media-rich educational activities from MPT. The following STEM, science, literacy, and social studies resources connect with environmental topics and themes featured during CBW.  

Saving Smith Island

Saving Smith Island

Maryland’s treasured Smith Island is facing environmental issues and the future of the island is in question. In MPT’s interactive literacy activity, students critique data, watch videos, and conduct research to examine factors weighing heavily on the island. 

See how a true watermen's community adapts to declines in the Bay in Another Dawn: Tilghman in Transition, airing on MPT Sunday, April 22 at 6:00 pm.

> Explore the impact of sea level rise and erosion in High Tide in Dorchester, airing on MPT Tuesday, April 24 at 9:00 pm.

Oyster Wars

The Oyster Wars 

The Oyster Wars changed life on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. In MPT’s online inquiry kit, students explore problems, practices, and police involvement surrounding the Oyster Wars in the late 1800s by examining primary source documents and photographs from the Library of Congress.

> Craving more information about oysters in the Bay? Catch MPT’s broadcast of Eatin' Oysters: Chesapeake Style! airing Monday, April 23 at 9:30 pm.


Where Has All the SAV Gone?

The underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay are monitored to measure if we are saving or losing essential bay grasses. Through the exploration of key questions, online content, and videos, students examine and research the role of submerged aquatic vegetation in the Bay, and write an informative report from their findings.

 > Tune into the Chesapeake Bay Summit on Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 pm as host Frank Sesno and leading experts on climate change discuss issues surrounding the nation's most significant bodies of water.

Water Water

Water, Water, Everywhere?

Not everyone has access to clean water. In MPT’s STEM activity, students investigate real-world water quality issues, conduct research, and use the engineering design process to develop a solution to purify water. As a final task, students communicate their findings and create a presentation to share with their classmates.

> Learn more about water quality and pollution in Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water, airing Tuesday, April 24 at 10:00 pm on MPT.

Take a Virtual Trip Through the Bay


Dive deep into a water-filled learning adventure to study the science of the Chesapeake Bay. MPT's award-winning online field trip Bayville, brings out the explorer in every student through virtual lab experiments, a tour of bay habitats, and interactive activities.

> Bayville Featured Activities


A balanced ecosystem is healthy, and too much algae, sediment or changes in salinity can disrupt this balance. In BayLab, students scientifically explore the mystery of disappearing bay grasses, conduct interactive experiments, and gather evidence from their findings.


Bay Quest
Put on your explorer's hat! Embark on an adventurous journey with your students through the Chesapeake Bay in search of hidden plants and animals in the Bay’s eight main habitats.

Meal Deal

Meal Deal
All hands on deck. In this interactive card game, students explore the food chain and predator/prey relationships to determine the importance of organisms within the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem.

Explore our collection of PreK-12 activities for educators and students on