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In this science worksheet, learners will focus on the names of various animals found in the Great Lakes region. Students will unscramble the names of ten animals and write the names in the spaces provided below each picture.
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.
Students describe the effects of biological magnification on ecosystems. This lesson focuses on biomagnification as it relates to the ecosystems of the Great Lakes region in the mid-western United States.
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.
Three class periods are required to carry out this science instructional activity on glacial movement, the Great Lakes basin, and the lock system that allows travel on the lakes. It is an ambitious undertaking as your class experiments with a glacier movement table and constructs a manual lock system. The resource links no longer work, but there is plenty of material to make a complete mini-unit for your earth science or engineering class. 
Environmental studies stars read an article from the year 2000 about the loss of water from the Great Lakes. They discuss how climate change is contributing to the differences there and elsewhere on the planet. They discuss why water levels are declining in some areas while they are climbing in others. Finally, they do research to find the most current data on water levels. A simple lesson that can be a nice addition to your unit on climate change.
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.
Students examine the Michigan state quarter and discuss the effects glaciers have on land formation. They perform an investigate using ice cubes and sand to show how glaciers have carved the land.
Fourth graders research and write a play about the Rouse Simmons, the Christmas Tree Ship that sank in 1912. They write the play and create the props before presenting the play.
In this Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry activity, students read a 3 page article and then answer 10 statements as true or false.
Students explore lakes of the United States. In this geography lesson plan, students identify noteworthy lakes on a map of the United States.
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. Students predict as a class the future of transportation.
Students examine the different types of vessels used in commercial shipping.  In this commercial shipping lesson students apply force and motion to problems of marine safety. 
In this social studies worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that declare the details of the Great Lakes and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
Students 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 explore the self preservation mechanism that is inherent in the Great Lakes. They examine how scientists are studying Great Lakes, and what their predictions are for these national treasures.
Young scholars participate in a board game activity to help them with making decisions. They discuss land use practices that affect the Great Lakes area. They identify the economic factors that drive land use as well.
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.
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.
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.