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The Mighty Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System
Students participate in a variety of activities in a unit about the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System. They create a diorama, read related stories, and correspond with other classes located in other port cities along the St Lawrence River.
3rd - 8th English Language Arts
Fins, Tails and Scales: Identifying Great Lakes Fish
Students utilize a dichotomous key to identify 8 common Great Lakes fish families based on their characteristics. In small groups students use a diagram to determine the differences between fish and place them into their proper families.
4th - 8th Science
Students Slide to School on Air-Powered Sled
Learners 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 instructional activity, 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.
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History
Fifth graders research the evolution of transportation systems. In this transportation lesson, 5th graders research the early methods of transportation and the technology that advanced the systems. Students work in groups to present their research to the class and describe how their mode fits into a period timeline.
5th 21st Century Skills
Maritime Shipping on the Great Lakes and the Lake Erie Water Snake
After reading about the Lake Erie water snake and the change in its population after the introduction of the round goby in 1990, young ecologists graph water snake diet data. They analyze the data and answer 10 questions based on their observations.
9th - 12th Science
Beat the Barriers
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.
4th - 7th Science
Becoming the Great Lakes Invasive Species Czar: A Game to Show the Difficulty in Controlling Invasive Species
Tenth graders explore different ways to control aquatic invasive species. In this ecology lesson, 10th graders play the role of a member of the Dept of Natural Resources. They decide whether money should be spent on control or prevention of invasive species.