Curriculum Aids

The Sultana Education Foundation has developed a wide variety of curriculum aids focusing on the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay. Developed in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the National Park Service, and classroom teachers, SEF’s curriculum materials complement MSDE’s Common Core Standards for science and social studies and can be easily integrated into the classroom setting.

The Foundation also has dozens of short (3 – 5 minute) videos on its YouTube channel addressing topics related to Chesapeake Bay ecology, early European settlement, Native American history, and the schooner Sultana. Visit our Virtual Classroom to access these resources.

Watershed Watch Student Field Notebook New
This field notebook was developed for the Sultana Education Foundation’s Watershed Watch program. While components of the notebook are specific to a particular tributary (Radcliffe Creek in Kent County) the concepts, exercises and information it contains are applicable to most small, fresh water tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Click on image to download.

John Smith’s Chesapeake Voyages

John Smith’s Chesapeake Voyages explores the world of the Chesapeake Bay, and the culture of the region’s Native inhabitants, in the years preceding and during the arrival of European Settlers. This curriculum is suitable for late Elementary and Middle School Students. Click on image to download.

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Colonial History Unit

Entitled “Sea of Change: SULTANA, the Tea Taxes, and the Dawn of the American Revolution,” this unit targets students in grades 4 – 6 and examines the world of pre-revolutionary America through the lens of the tax-collecting 1768 British Royal Navy schooner SULTANA. Click on image to download.

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Chesapeake Bay Ecology Unit

Designed for 4–6 grade students studying the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay, this unit contains a variety of readings and creative classroom exercises that will help students better understand the ecology of North America’s largest estuary. Developed with the assistance of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Click on image to download.


John Smith Curriculum Unit

Consisting of eight separate lesson plans focusing on John Smith’s 1608 voyage on the Chesapeake Bay, this unit is designed for 4-5 grade students studying the Chesapeake Bay and Native Americans at the time of European Settlement. Developed with the assistance of the Maryland Geographic Alliance and the Maryland State Department of Education.

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SULTANA On the Colonial Chesapeake (Poster)

A 20″ x 30″ educational poster detailing the schooner SULTANA’s exploits on the Chesapeake Bay between 1769 and 1771. Developed in conjunction with the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.


Crew Cards (out of stock)

A set of 40 cards that provide students with details about thirty-two of the schooner SULTANA’s most interesting 18th century crewmembers.

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SULTANA Pocket Guide

A detailed guide to the history and construction of the 1768 schooner SULTANA. Includes copies of the original 1768 drawings of SULTANA and a listing of all 101 crew members who served aboard the schooner from 1768-1772. Developed in conjunction with the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.


Ecology Curriculum Aids

A series of visual aids designed to help educators teach students about the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Each file is available in PDF format and can be downloaded or projected onto a white board in the classroom.