Virginia Institute of Marine Science
VA SEA 2019 Lesson Plans
Expedition Sediments is a game-in-a-lesson that allows students to explore the movement of sediments through watersheds by moving around the classroom. This lesson explores how grains of estuarine mud and sand move throughout estuaries and coastal regions, with a focus on processes surrounding a highly populated estuary such as the Chesapeake Bay. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to explain how sediments are transported through an estuary, graph sediment residence times in different locations, and compare the timescales of different sediment transport processes.
Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, sediment transport, estuaries
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This lesson was developed in alignment with the 2010 Virginia Department of Education’s Science Standards of Learning.
VA SEA is supported by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Program.
Turner, J. (2019) Expedition Sediments: Mud's Journey through the Watershed. Subjects: Earth Science / Environmental Science Grades: 9-12. VA SEA 2019 Lesson Plans. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/1PAH-7023