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The Great Lakes Plain Regions
Fourth graders explore the Great Lakes Plain region of Indiana. They discuss the key differences in the three regions of Indiana. Students discuss the landmarks, resources and other attributes of the Great Lakes Plain region and they draw a "photograph" of the place discussed.
Mapping The Great Lakes
Can you fathom a fathom? Through this activity, learners get a grasp of how deep a fathom is and how the floor of The Great Lakes might look. They compare topographic maps to Great Lakes navigation charts, which you will need to obtain in order to completely carry out this lesson. This lesson would be valuable as your class studies landforms and ocean bottom features, or if you are focusing on The Great Lakes.
Great Lakes/Great Ships
Students investigate Great Lakes' navigational charts while practicing topographical map skills. They draw an 'elevation' of the bottom of the lake and graph the depths of the lake.
Who Are the Aliens in Our Inland Seas?
Young scholars 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.
Teaching About the Hydrosphere
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.
A Good Boat is Hard To Find
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.
The River and Lake States
In this geography instructional activity, 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.
How to Make a Lake
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 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.
Problem Based Learning Scenario
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.
The Great Lakes
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.
These Lakes are Great
Students examine the Great Lakes Basin and water conservation. For 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.
The Big Blow
Students identify and explain factors that contribute to extreme storms in the Great Lakes. In this investigative lesson plan students study the weather systems in the Great Lakes and compare cyclones to tropical storms.
Impact of Invasive Species on Food Webs and Ecosystems
Fifth graders explore how invasive species affect the Great Lakes. In this science instructional activity, 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.
Great Lakes Ecology
Students are able to use a secchi disk to measure the turbidity of water by determining the depth at which the sechi disk is no longer visible and using the data in a formula to quantify the results. They are able to use Vernier probes to condcut water quality testing for: dissolved oxygen, nitrates, pH, temperature, phosphorous and produce computer printouts of the data collected.
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.
Exploring Beach Erosion in the Great Lakes
Fourth graders conduct an experiment. In this beach erosion lesson, 4th graders define erosion, brainstorm ways to stop erosion, view pictures and video clips of erosion, and complete an experiment that models the process of erosion.
North America, Then and Now
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.