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Eighth graders examine the circumstances that prompted Ohio's Indian wars. For this Native American history lesson, 8th graders read textbook pages as well as primary documents prior to creating Venn diagrams that compare the wants and needs of the Native Americans to the British and United States governments.
In this mystery state worksheet, students answer five clues to identify the state in question. They then locate that state on a map.
Students role play the behaviors of the Eurasian ruffe. They discover why fish populations change over time and list reasons why the ruffe has advantages over other fish. They identify things they can do to stop the spread of the ruffe.
Students identify, sort and graph samples of goods from the Great Lakes. In this science and math lesson, students describe a "good" and sort them into living and non-living categories. Students graph the results.
Students consider why so many people live near the coast and explore the impacts of this trend on ocean animals. They make posters to educate coastal residents and visitors about human impacts on marine life.
Students study the origin ofc. They locate countries where it is grown on a world map. They color the world map and glue kernels of popcorn onto the countries from which popcorn originated. They write the names of common items that contain some type of corn product.
Students demonstrate how chemicals accumulate in fish fat. They study path ways of toxins in the fish's body and ways to prepare fish to avoid consuming the toxins. They examine U.S. and Canada regulations to protect the environment.
Students recognize Michigan on a map and understand how its climate is affected by the Great Lakes. In this Michigan food lesson, students play a trivia game to identify the produce of Michigan. Students relate the climate in each part of Michigan and why it is good for the particular crop grown there.
Students locate and name the St. Lawrence River, the five Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River on a modern map. They find Quebec, Michilimackinac, Wisconsin, and Chicago on that map. They find the same places on a 1681 map.
In this North American geography worksheet, students read about the impact humans have had on the environment in the United States and Canada. Students take notes and answer 3 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Seventh graders study earthworms and how the exotic species affect forest ecosystems and nutrient cycling.  In this ecosystems lesson students go into the field and take samples using a dichotomous key. 
Students investigate how philanthropy began in Michigan. In this philanthropy lesson, students read Michigan History of Philanthropy and read a timeline of several events. Students create a picture with a sentence about a time when they witnessed an act of philanthropy.
Students explain the importance of having Marine Protected Areas. In this ecology lesson, students research MPA's in any of the Great Lakes. They play a MPA simulation game and identify MPA's on the map.
Young scholars investigate one of the largest religious structures in the world, Angkor Wat, a temple in Cambodia. The temple's place in Southeast Asian history, its history and the migration of ideas of both Hinduism and Buddhism is examined in this lesson.
Students research agricultural products of the Midwest. In this Midwest lesson plan, students watch a video about the geography of the Midwest, discuss how topographical features were formed and review the agricultural products the Midwest is known for. Working in groups students make a billboard advertising an agricultural product found in the Midwest, and present it to the rest of the class.
Students investigate the geography and agricultural products of the Midwestern United States. In this US geography lesson plan, students watch and discuss a video that depicts the Midwest of the US as the breadbasket of the country. They make billboards which advertise an agricultural product that would be associated with this part of the country.
Students investigate America during the the 1800s. In this Social Studies lesson, students examine the Industrial Revolution, Westward Expansion, and other historical events that happened during the 1800s. Students compare and contrast locations and events of that time.
Learners research marine ecosystems by creating class presentations.  In this oceanography lesson plan, students research the different locations of marine sanctuaries by identifying them on a transparency map in class.  Learners create posters and a 5 minute presentation on their selected sanctuary to show their class.
Students explore Lake Superior. They conduct a variety of interdisciplinary activities such as writing stories regarding its water cycle, drawing a diagram of an aquatic food web, and identifying exotic species critical to the ecosystem
Students use a road map to fill in the blanks while they pretend they are taking an imaginary road trip. They locate places and settlements.