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If you are looking for a way to explore Michigan's resources, physical features, and more, this lesson is for you. After discussing Michigan and the Great Lakes, learners fill out a graphic organizer identifying the state's natural resources and industry. Included in this packet is an information sheet about the state and cards with regional information.
Students examine the Great Lakes Basin and water conservation. In this Great Lakes and water lesson, students study the location of the lakes before reading the book, The River Ran Wild. They discuss the associated vocabulary and in small groups talk about how stewardship can help save the Great Lakes. Students make water conservation posters to be displayed in the school.
Students identify and explain factors that contribute to extreme storms in the Great Lakes.  In this investigative lesson students study the weather systems in the Great Lakes and compare cyclones to tropical storms. 
Fifth graders explore how invasive species affect the Great Lakes. In this science lesson, 5th graders research invasive species and create a food chain involving the invasive species. Students discuss how the environment is affected by the invasive species.
Students explore the possibilities of reducing dangers to ships from natural hazards in the Great Lakes. Students describe major types of commercial shipping vessels. Students apply basic concepts of force and motion to practical problems related to marine safety.
An internet investigation leads learners to discover whether or not weather and light house location are related to the locations of shipwrecks on The Great Lakes. They work in cooperative groups to plot the locations of light houses and shipwrecks to investigate the correlation. They graph the dates of the shipwrecks to identify patterns in the time of the year and therefore, weather conditions. The lesson is a good way to practice scientific investigation and research.
In this Great Lakes worksheet, students observe the Great Lakes location on a partial U.S. map, write their names in the acronym HOMES, list them in order from largest to smallest, and identify states that border them. Students write seventeen answers.
Here are some outstanding lessons on the geology and history of the Great Lakes. These lessons are divided into Grade 4 -6, and Grade 7 - 8 activities. The activities all use the background information, maps, graphs, data, and Great Lakes Facts pages embedded in the plan. For any teacher of geography who is looking for some good lessons on these amazing lakes, look no further!
Students explore shipping on the Great Lakes. In this social studies lesson, students read Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell. Students draw pictures of freighters on rough waters and explore iron ore.
Introduce junior oceanographers to ice conditions in The Great Lakes. The ice map links are no longer available, so you will not be able to have your class perform the mentioned data activity. You can, however, access the Canadian Ice Service Egg Code page and their ice charts should you want to display how this system explains the ice conditions.
Students discuss the types of technology that are used to control the lamprey population in the Great Lakes. They explain the parasite/host relationship and discuss how the Great Lakes are connected. They also locate spawning hot spots of the lamprey in the Great Lakes.
In this geography worksheet, students use the provided link to research ten of the largest lakes in the world. Students use a printed or online atlas to label and mark the ten detailed maps of the location of these lakes.
In this geography worksheet, students read the names of the Great Lakes and then write them in the space provided. Students also answer 2 questions about The Great Lakes.
Young biologists find these Great Lakes birds names in this word search. Each of the 18 birds has an accurate and colorful representation on the worksheet. There is an answer key at the bottom of the worksheet as well. The birds all live in the Great Lakes region of the US.
Students describe theories on how the first humans came to America and show the evidence that supports it.  In this investigative lesson students study given material and prepare written or oral reports in their groups. 
An online animation demonstrates how the lock system between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan works. Pupils then construct their own models of the lock system out of shoe boxes that they bring from home. This is an educational activity that can be used in conjunction with a history activity or a technology engineering activity.
In this map skills worksheet, students examine a map of the Great Lakes region of the United States and label Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie, and Lake Michigan.
In this word search worksheet, students find the names of fish that are found in the Great Lakes. They use the pictures and names that are shown on the page to locate the 18 names in the puzzle.
In this word search worksheet, students find the names of 16 mammals that inhabit the Great Lakes area. They use the pictures and labels that are found on the page to complete the word search.
In this word search worksheet, students locate the names of familiar plants that are found in the Great Lakes region. They use the pictures and labels which are shown on the page to locate the 17 names in the puzzle.