Curriculum Aids

The Sultana Education Foundation offers classroom teachers 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) and classroom teachers, Sultana’s curriculum materials meet MSDE’s Common Core Standards for science and social studies and can be easily integrated into the classroom setting.

Most of the following are available as downloadable PDF files.  For hard copies, please contact the Sultana Education Foundation’s office.

John Smith’s Chesapeake Voyages – New

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

Colonial History Unit

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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.

Chesapeake Bay Ecology Unit

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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.

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.

Using John Smith's Map in the Classroom1.1 MiB6683
John Smith's Shallop1.3 MiB10348
The Bay in 16082.2 MiB1465
Native Americans #23.4 MiB1190
John Smith's Map3.6 MiB890
John Smith's Second Voyage3.6 MiB1371
John Smith's First Voyage3.6 MiB3018
Native Americans #13.9 MiB18377
The Bay Long Ago & Today4.2 MiB1014

SULTANA On the Colonial Chesapeake (Poster)

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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.

SULTANA Pocket Guide

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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.

Anatomy of a White Perch119.3 KiB875
Line Graph of MD Crab Harvests 1951 – 2011130.8 KiB2310
Salinity Levels in the Chesapeake Bay167.0 KiB804
Line Graph of MD Oyster Harvests 1950 – 2010240.3 KiB1068
Line Graph of MD Striped Bass Harvests 1950 – 2011240.5 KiB705
Annual Mean Stream Flow To The Bay 1961-2011333.7 KiB910
PH Scale457.0 KiB810
Active Bald Eagle Nests 1978 2004477.0 KiB788
Dissolved Oxygen Needs of Chesapeake Bay Critters523.6 KiB975
SAV Acreage In The Chesapeake Bay 1984-2011829.5 KiB820