The slide show is of photographs that I took of Holland Island, M.D. in July 2010. I took these photographs from a helicopter as part of my research into the vanishing islands of the Chesapeake Bay.
Maryland State Curriculum Standard 6.B.1, Grade 4
Standard 6.0 Environmental Science
Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.
B. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
- 1. Recognize and describe that people in Maryland depend on, change, and are affected by the environment.
I chose to include a slide show of Holland Island. The photographs in my slide show support the Maryland State Curriculum Standards for 4th Grade Environmental Science (Standard 6.B.1). Holland Island is located in the Chesapeake Bay, M.D. The island is a good representation of how environmental factors, such as sea level rise and land erosion, have shaped the shoreline of the Bay. It is important that students in Maryland schools learn about the Chesapeake Bay and factors that impact the Bay because it is one of the largest estuary’s in the world. The Chesapeake Bay has an effect on many people who live in Maryland and therefore it is an important local landmark that should defiantly be included in the Maryland State Curriculum.
If I was teaching a lesson on the Chesapeake Bay. I would use my Flickr set or slide show of Holland Island to show students how erosion has affected the land in the Bay. I would likely show them the photographs of the Island as a class and host a class discussion with my students. I would ask them why they think the Island has vanished into the Bay? How is it that an island that hosted a community of more than 350 people 125 years ago has now almost totally vanished into the Bay. The conversation and Holland Island slide show will likely spark conversations about the people who lived or live on the vanishing islands in the Chesapeake Bay today.