Pile of scallops

Bay Scallop Restoration

Grades 9-12

Maryland is known for its oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. However, there is another bivalve species that is just as efficient at helping maintain the health of the Chesapeake Bay just as much as oysters. Those organisms are called scallops. In this lesson, we will explore how scallop farmers cultivate and harvest scallops in the Bay and how they play a role in maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay.


Teacher's Guide and Related Standards


Students will be able to explain the significant role scallops play in helping to preserve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Essential Questions

  • Why did the scallops of the Chesapeake Bay disappear in the past?
  • How do scallops help preserve the health of the Bay?

Maryland Farm & Harvest Clip

Thinking questions:

  • How long has it been since scallops thrived in the Chesapeake Bay?
  • Describe the system used to harvest bay scallops.
  • How do scallops help the health of the Chesapeake Bay?


Supplemental Enrichment Activities

Constructing Explanations
and Designing Solutions

“Bay Scallop Restoration”

Students will read the article in order to explain the proposed solution and the work that is currently being done to restore bay scallop populations.

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Ecosytems Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilie

Bay Scallop

Students will navigate the information provided in the resource to learn about scallops' life and reproductive cycles, niche in the Chesapeake Bay, and why they are helpful to the Chesapeake Bay.

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Stability and Change

Restoring Bay Scallops

Students will view a model of anaerobic respiration and read the information from the article to understand the chemistry and flow of matter and energy through the process of fermentation in order to produce ethyl alcohol, a key ingredient in wine.

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Career Connections


This learning resource is a production of Maryland Public Television/Thinkport, in partnership with the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation.

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