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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.
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.
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 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 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.
If you are looking for a way to explore Michigan's resources, physical features, and more, this lesson plan 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 instructional activity, 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.
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.
Young scholars 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.