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Fourth graders discover the reasons why people migrated to the Midwestern portion of the United States. In this Midwest migration lesson, 4th graders study vocabulary associated with the lesson, watch two videos, and draw pictures of the travels using an assigned web site. They discuss the development of the assembly line in relation to the Ford Company and decide how this affected the migration.
Pupils participate in a virtual field trip to Lake Superior. In groups, they perform experiments in which test the level of toxins and bacteria in the water. They also watch video segments life in the lake and discuss their observations.
Students locate the Great Lakes on a US map, then read a news article about a sled being used as a wintertime school bus in Wisconsin. In this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a map and vocabulary activity, then students read the news article and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Students work in teams to research specific landforms in Great Lakes Watershed, compile information into data table, and write legend explaining landform for children's book. Students then research area surrounding landform, compile data into food web, and develop specialized map for Great Lakes Atlas.
Eighth graders are introduced to the Earth's hydrologic system including the cycling of water in the atmosphere and the movement of water on the surface of the planet using the Great Lakes watershed as an example.
Eighth graders design and construct a safe and efficient human powered watercraft that can be used on a trip on the Great Lakes. Students utilize math and measurement skills to design and cut the pieces for their boat. Working in groups, their boat is assembled and water tested.
In this geography worksheet, students read a 3 page information text about the history, climate, resources and economy of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. Students then answer 10 multiple choice questions.
Delve in the creation of the Great Lakes in Michigan. After listening to stories about the formation of the lakes in this area, pupils perform experiments to investigate how this occurred. This provides a great way for learners to explore this process.
If you are looking for a way to explore Michigan's resources, physical features, and more, this instructional activity 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 research about the function of MPA's. In this marine science lesson, students explore how humans influence changes near these areas. They explore different MPA's in the Great Lakes region.
Students describe vessels used for commercial shipping in the Great Lakes, along with hazards that have caused shipwrecks in that region. They determine how force an motion affect marine safety.
Students research American Indian tribes native to Michigan. In this Michigan history and expository paragraph writing lesson, students visit a website and view a video clip about how the Great Lakes were formed. Students research a Native American tribe that settled in Michigan and write a related informational paragraph. An extensive resource list is included.
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.
High schoolers 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.
Fourth graders conduct hands-on research on the evolution of specific transportation systems, including the systems of canals and locks developed to allow travel on the Great Lakes and rivers and the subsequent creation of increasingly technological transportation solutions.
Students identify ocean, lake, gulf, and continent on maps of North America from 1845 and the present, and identify Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico on maps of North America from 1845 and the present.
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 plan is a good way to practice scientific investigation and research.
Students investigate the seasonal migration of the Monarch butterfly through the use of video. The metamorphic change from caterpillar to chrysalis is witnessed and logged and the problems and milestones of its flight from the Great Lakes to Florida is e