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Lesson Plans

To foster education about the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary and the watershed that supports it, APNEP provides a database of lesson plans and educational resources tailored to our region. 

Activity Host Grade Levels Standards (NC) Standards (VA)
A House for a Hermit Crab North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th K.L.1.2, 1.L.1.1 K.4.e, K.6.a, 1.5.a, 1.5.b, 1.5.c, 1.7,b, 2.5.a, 2.5.b, 3.4.a, 3.6.a, 3.8.b, 4.5.a, 4.5.e
ACE's Activity Book South Carolina Department of Natural Resources K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 1.L.1.3, 3.E.2.1, 3.L.2.2, 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.3 K.6.b, K.6.c, 1.8.a, 1.8.b, 1.8.c, 2.4.a, 2.5.a, 2.5.b, 2.8.b, 2.8.c, 3.6.a, 3.8.a, 3.8.b, 3.10.b, 3.10.d, 4.5.d
Blue Crab Unit APNEP 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Bio.2.1.2, Bio.2.2.1, Bio.2.2.2, Bio.3.5.1, Bio.3.5.2, EEn.2.4.2, EEn.2.7.1, EEn.2.8, CE.E.1 BIO.6.a,BIO.6.c, BIO.6.e, BIO.7.c, BIO.7.e, BIO.8.a, BIO.8.d, CE.1.a, ES.10.a
Clean Water: A Precious Resource US Fish and Wildlife Service 6th, 7th, 8th 8.E.1.1, 8.E.1.4, 6.7.a, 6.7.c, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.7.f, 6.9.c, LS.4.a, LS.4.b, LS.4.c, LS.11.c, LS.12.e
Coastal Processes and Conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks NC Sea Grant and NC State University 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Note: This set of lesson plans was published in 2008 and so standards are not up to date. Note: This set of lesson plans was published in 2008 and so standards are not up to date.
Cool Crabs North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 5.L.2.3, 6.L.2.3, 8.E.1.1, 8.L.3.1 4.1.d, 4.1.e, 4.5.a, 5.1.d, 5.1.e, 5.1.g, 6.1.c, 6.1.e, 5.1.f, 5.1.g, LS.1.g, LS.4.b
Discover North Carolina's River Basins North Carolina Office of Environmental Education K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th 3.E.2.1, 3.E.2.2, 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.3, 6.L.2.3, 8.E.1.1, 8.E.1.2, 8.E.1.4, Bio.2.1.1, Bio.2.2.1, Bio.2.2.2, EEn.2.4.1, EEn.2.4.1,EE.2.7.1, EEn.2.7.2, EEn.2.7.3 6.7.a, 6.7.b, 6.7.c, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.7.f, 6.9.a, 6.9.c, LS.7.c, LS.10.b, LS.11.c, LS.12.e, ES.9.d, ES.9.e, BIO.9.e
Ducks & Geese US Fish and Wildlife Service 6th, 7th, 8th 6.L.2.3, 8.e.1.2, 8.L.3.1 6.7.a, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.7.f, 6.9.a, LS.4.b, LS.12.b
ECO-logical: A Coastal Logic Problem North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.3, 8.L.3.1 4.5.d, 4.5.f,4.8.a, 5.6.c, 6.7.a, 6.7.c, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.9.a, LS.4.a, LS.4.b, LS.4.c, LS.10.a, LS.10.b, LS.10.c, LS.12.e
Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Answer Key ERDA 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

8.E.1.2, 8.E.1.4, 8.L.3.1, 8.L.3.2, 8.L.3.3 EEn.2.6.4, EEn.2.7.3, EEn.2.8.2, EEn.2.8.3 Bio.2.1.3, Bio.2.2.1, Bio.2.2.2

E.S.10.a, E.S.10.e LS.5.c, LS.6.d, LS.8.a, LS.8.b, LS.11.a, LS.11.b, LS.11.c, LS.11.d, LS.11.e
Estuary Keeper North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Bio.2.1.4, Bio.2.2.1, Bio.2.2.2, EEn.2.4.2, EEn.2.7.3, EEn.2.8.2 4.5.f, 4.8.a, 4.8.b, 5.6.b, 5.6.c, 6.7.a, 6.7.c, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.7.f, 6.9.c, LS.4.a, LS.4.b, LS.4.c, LS.11.c, LS.12.e, BIO.9.d, BIO.9.e
Exploring the Estuary North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th 1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 5.L.2.3 1.4.b, 1.4.c, 2.5.a, 3.4.b, 3.5.c, 3.6.a, 3.8.b, 4.4.a, 4.4.b
Fiddle Facts North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Bio.2.1.2, Bio.3.2.3, Bio.3.1.3, Bio.3.4.2 5.1.f,5.5.d, 6.1.c, LS.1.a, LS.8.a, LS.8.b, LS.14.c, BIO.1.a, BIO.1.e, BIO.8.b, BIO.8.c, BIO.9.e
Fish Forms North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.4, 5.L.3.1 2.7.a, 3.4.a, 3.4.b, 4.5.a
Fish Need Nurseries Too! US Fish and Wildlife Service 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.1.3, 1.L.2.2, 2.L.1.1, 2.L.1.2, 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.3, 5.L.2.3, 6.L.2.3

1.5.a, 1.8.b, 2.4.a, 2.5.a, 2.5.b, 2.8.c, 3.4.a, 3.4.b, 3.8.b, 3.10.b, 3.10.d, 4.5.e, 4.5.f, 4.8.a, 4.8.b, 5.6.c, 5.7.f, 6.8.g, 6.7.a, 6.7.c, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.7.f

Fishing for Red Drum North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th 5.L.2.2, 8.L.3.1, 8.L.3.3 5.1.b, 5.1.c, 5.1.d, 5.1.e, 5.1.f, 6.1.c, 6.1.i, 6.1.j, 6.7.a, 6.7.e, 6.7.f,6.9.a, LS.1.a, LS.1.d, LS.1.h, LS.4.b, LS.4.c,LS.12.a, LS.12.d
Fit for a Fish: Chlorine-A Hazardous Waste US Fish and Wildlife Service 6th, 7th, 8th 8.E.1.1, 8.E.1.3, 8.E.1.4 6.7.a, 6.7.c, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.7.f, 6.9.c, LS.4.a, LS.4.b, LS.4.c, LS.11.c, LS.12.e
Fit for a Fish: Dissolved Oxygen US Fish and Wildlife Service 6th, 7th, 8th 8.E.1.1, 8.E.1.3, 8.E.1.4, 8.L.3.1, 8.L.3.3

6.7.a, 6.7.c, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.7.f, 6.9.c, LS.4.a, LS.4.b, LS.4.c, LS.11.c, LS.12.e

Food Chain Frenzy | Flashcards | Wetlands Race APNEP and SciREN 5th 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.2, 5.L.2.3, 5.NBT.1,  5-LS2-1 5.5.c, 5.6.c, 6.5.f, 6.7.a, 6.7.e, 5.NBT.1,  5-LS2-1
Life in a Fish Bowl North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 1.L.2.2, 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.3 1.5.a, 1.8.b, 2.5.a, 2.5.b, 3.6.a, 3.10.b, 4.5.f
Mystery Marsh Water North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Bio.2.1.1, Chm.3.2.4 5.1.f, 5.4.b, 5.6.b, 6.1.e, 6.1.f, 6.1.g, 61.h. 6.5.a, 6.7.a, 6.7.b, 6.7.3, 6.7.f, LS.1.d, LS.7.c, LS.10.b, PS.2.b, PS.2.e, PS.2.f, ES.1.a, ES.11.c, BIO.3.a, PH.7,a
More Than Just a Swamp US Fish and Wildlife Service 4th, 5th 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.3, 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.3 4.5.b, 4.5.d, 4.5.f, 4.8.a, 5.6.c, 5.7.f
Muddy Rivers, Murky Sound US Fish and Wildlife Service 6th, 7th, 8th 6.L.2.3, 8.E.1.2, 8.E.1.3, 8.E.1.4, 8.L.3

6.5.g, 6.7.a, 6.7.c, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.7.f, 6.9.a, 6.9.c, 6.9.d, LS.6.a, LS.6.b, LS.6.c, LS.7.a, LS.7.c, LS.9.a, LS.10.b, LS.11.c, LS.12.e

NC's Underwater Grasses: A Lesson Plan on Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment APNEP 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Bio.2.1.1, Bio.2.1.2, Bio.2.1.3, Bio.2.2.1, Bio.2.2.2, EEn.2.7.1, EEn.2.7.2, EEn. 2.7.3, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-3, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-3 BIO.7.b, BIO.8.b, BIO.8.d
Nutrients: Too Much of a Good Thing US Fish and Wildlife Service 6th, 7th, 8th 6.L.1.2, 6.L.2.1, 6.L.2.3, 7.L.1.1, 8.E.1.2, 8.E.1.3, 8.E.1.4, 8.L.3.1, 8.L.3.3 6.7.a, 6.7.c, 6.7.d, 6.7.e, 6.7.f, 6.9.c, LS.4.a, LS.4.b, LS.4.c, LS.11.c, LS.12.e
Ocean Movements North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd K.P.1.2 K.2.a, 1.2.d, 1.5.b, 2.1.a, 2.5.a, 3.6.a
Roadblocks for Fish US Fish and Wildlife Service 4th, 5th 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 5.L.2.3 4.5.e, 4.5.f, 4.8.a
Salt Marsh Players North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 3.E.2.1, 4.L.1.2, 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.3, 6.E.1.1, 6.L.1.2, 6.L.2.3 3.1.a, 3.4.a, 3.4.b, 3.5.a, 3.5.b, 3.5.c, 3.6.a, 3.10.a,4.4.a, 4.5.a, 4.5.b, 4.5.c, 4.5.e, 4.8.a, 4.8.b, 5.5.c, 5.5.d,5.6.b, 5.6.c, 6.7.a, 6.7.d, 6.7.e
Shore Profiles

North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR & NCNERR)

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th EEn.2.1.3, PSc.3.1.3 LS.1.c, LS.10.b, PS.1.b, ES.1.c
The Pocosin Project APNEP 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.2, 5.L.2.3, 6.L.2.1, 6.L.2.2, 6.L.2.3, 8.E.1.1, 8.L.3.1 5.5.c, 5.6.c, 6.5.f, 6.7.a, 6.7.d, 6.7.f, 6.9.b, 6.9.c, LS.4.d, LS.6.b, LS.6.d, LS.8.a, LS.9.b, LS.9.c