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Sixth graders compare the relative sizes of the five Great Lakes and their human populations. They describe some of the problems that arise when many people depend on a limited resoure. Students discuss how the Great Lakes and the surrounding land provide many resources for the people who live in the area.
Students label the regions and major ports of the Great Lakes region. In this environmental science instructional activity, students create a timeline about the history and development of the Great Lakes. They discuss the problems its facing today.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Eager ecology learners read about characteristics of the Lake Erie water snake and the round goby fish. They find that the goby is an invasive species, introduced to Lake Erie in 1990, and has since had an impact on the water snake population. Pupils examine and graph water snake diet data and relate it to the introduction of the goby by answering 10 questions. This lesson provides experience with real-life data and a common occurrence in many of our waterways.
In this geography worksheet, young scholars 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 plan 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 lesson or a technology engineering lesson.
Students interpret data on snow cover and analyze trend patterns. In this snow lesson students compare data and locate their school's GPS coordinates.
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. This is an activity that gives learners experience handling real-life data. It would be a beneficial supplement your environmental science, biology, or ecology curriculum.
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 Great Lakes worksheet, students identify the Great Lakes on a map. Students write the names of the lakes in order from largest to smallest. Students list the names of the seven states that touch the Great Lakes.
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.