In fifth grade, students study the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, a system of waterways. Students learn about the importance of one of our most precious resources, water. They learn about human impact on the quality of the water of our streams and rivers. Students spend a day at the Smithsonian Environmental Resource Center, in Edgewater, MD. They conduct water testing, go seining in the Rhode River, hike the woods while looking for animal tracks, tree types, and listening for birds and finally, students look for plankton under microscopes in the lab. Students return to school and follow up with a school yard report card to determine what we can do here at school that will have a positive impact on the Bay. This is in conjunction with participating in using a watershed model to correct negative activities that can be seen throughout just about every community in our watershed. This year, as a service to our community, students will participate in a Shad program, raising and releasing fish into the Anacostia River!