Living Classrooms’ Distance Learning Library

Welcome to Living Classrooms’ Distance Learning Library!  Here students, parents, and teachers can find lesson plans and virtual resources to support e-learning through a variety of subjects, using our proven hands-on approach that makes learning come alive – even from your computer!

Our educators will continue to create and add content to this library so please check back often.

 

Camp Fraser MWEE Lessons

Lesson One: Water Ecology – Macroinvertebrate

Students will embark on this virtual field trip at Camp Fraser nature preserve where they’ll join a Living Classrooms’ educator (through video) as they explore streams and small bodies of water in the Potomac River watershed with nets and magnification tools to discover what organisms live in the water and assess the water quality based on their findings. Get ready for a real Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience right through your computer!

I.  Click to Watch the Video Lesson

II. Download the Lesson Plan

III. Download the Worksheet – Identify the Macroinvertebrate

IV. Download the Worksheet – Water Monitoring

 

Historic Ships in Baltimore

Tour the USS TORSK!  

The historic ships that line Baltimore’s Inner Harbor may be temporarily closed to visitors but you can still take a private tour of the USS Torsk from the comfort of your own home.  In this video, Curator Paul Cora will explain the history and mechanics of the Conning Tower of the Tench-Class submarine, USS Torsk (SS-423) which was in service from 1944-1968 and sank the last enemy vessels of WWII.

Click to Watch the Video

 

Maritime Education

Lesson One: Marine Biodegradation

Marine debris, or marine litter, is any trash that gets into our waterways. How long this trash takes to break down can be quite surprising to most people. The process of breaking down is called degradation and is different for each type of litter. This video lesson will teach students about the importance of our collective environmental stewardship.  The lesson includes an activity that can be completed using everyday household items.

I.  Click to Watch the Biodegradation Video 

II. Download the Activity Answer Key

III.  Engage with our Educators –  send a photo or video of your activity to our team for a chance to be featured on our Social Media channels!  shipboard@livingclassrooms.org

 

 

Virtual Maritime Education

Due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic, our education boats (Lady Maryland, Sigsbee, and Mildred Belle) have been unable to take students out on the water for a hands-on environmental STEM experience. However, our education team has creatively adapted the in-person experience to be accessible and exciting to students through a virtual environment. The distance learning program includes a 90-minute live session with our educators, an activity box delivered to the students with all necessary supplies for hands-on experiments, complete watershed science curriculum and teacher resources, and supplemental videos and digital content. While we are eager to resume sailing with students, we are thrilled to be able to offer this virtual experience in the interim and continue to reach schools in the future that may not be able to bring students out to our docks.

I. More Information about Virtual Maritime Field Trips 

II.  Visit the Virtual Maritime Education Free Video Library

Interested in booking a virtual trip for your students? Contact us at maritimeeducation@livingclassrooms.org 

Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus

Lesson One: Scientific Monitoring

Typically held every first Saturday of the month at Masonville Cove as a free program open to the community, scientific monitoring takes weather, wildlife, and water quality data from the Masonville Cove Campus and is added to our database that helps us track patterns, species, and weather over time.  Scientific Monitoring is one of several citizen science projects that community members can take part in all over the globe and contribute to scientific study and inquiry.   Given the current crisis, the Masonville Team has put together a virtual scientific monitoring activity so you can still get your science on at home!

I.  Click to Watch the Scientific Monitoring Tutorial

II. Download the Scientific Monitoring Worksheet

 

Lesson Two: Diamondback Terrapins

Enjoy a special creature feature all about Squirtle, Masonville Cove’s treasured diamondback terrapin!  This lesson will review methods of identifying a diamondback terrapin in the wild and you will watch as Squirtle devours his favorite foods. Afterward, try out our mix and match game or take our quiz to test your knowledge.

I.  Click to Watch the Diamondback Terrapin Video

II.  Test Your Knowledge with Terrapin Trivia

III.  Terrapin Fact Sheet and Mix & Match Game

 

STEAM Activity Boxes

Have you picked up one of our complete STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Boxes from our designated pick-up sites at partnering Baltimore City Public Schools and Washington, DC locations?

You can access the supplemental videos for each of those lessons on our YouTube Channel Here.