The book Chesapeake ABC is a entertaining rhyming book that discusses animals and objects found in the Chesapeake Bay. David Aiken is the illustrator and the pictures are really colorful and easy to identify the main idea on the page. Each letter is presented very large for students to read easily. This book can be used to incorporate learning the ABC’s as well as learning the importance of the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake ABC also teaches young kids new words as well:
” E is for egret,
So feathery and fair.
E also stands for eel,
Who slithers here and there.”
There are also other books in this series called Chesapeake 1-2-3 and Chesapeake Rainbow from Priscilla Cummings as well as other books that involve animals found in the bay. They can be viewed at her website.
Chesapeake ABC can be used to help students learn the letters of the alphabet and different aspects of the Chesapeake Bay. It discusses what animals live there, different types of boats, and even items found near the bay. It can be used to cover VA SOL VS.2.
- The VA Department of Education has a page devoted to lesson plans for teachers on the Chesapeake Bay. One is called “Captain John Smith’s Chesapeake Bay.”
- National Geographic has a lesson plan about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
- Chesapeake Bay.net has some printable coloring pages of animals found in the Bay and also two printable coloring books.