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Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Landscape Long Ago and Today

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Combine a fantastic review of primary source analysis with a study of Captain John Smith's influence on the Chesapeake Bay region in the seventeenth century. Your young historians will use images, a primary source excerpt, and maps to identify how Maryland's natural environment has been modified since the time of its settlement.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Support visual learners by having students illustrate the physical features they identify throughout the lesson's activities
Classroom Considerations
  • This lesson is part of a larger curriculum unit on the natural resources and evolution of the Chesapeake Bay region after the arrival of European settlers
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