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North America, Then and Now
Students identify ocean, lake, gulf, and continent on maps of North America from 1845 and the present, and identify Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico on maps of North America from 1845 and the present.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
Flight of the Butterflies
Students investigate the seasonal migration of the Monarch butterfly through the use of video. The metamorphic change from caterpillar to chrysalis is witnessed and logged and the problems and milestones of its flight from the Great Lakes to Florida is e
K - 2nd Science 3 Views 14 Downloads
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.
10th Science 3 Views 11 Downloads
New Review Literature Circle Guide: The Sign of the Beaver
A thorough, straightforward guide for organizing literature circles in your unit on Elizabeth George Speare's The Sign of the Beaver is both enriching and educational. It includes activities that activate prior knowledge, discussion questions about characterization and plot, and projects after kids have finished reading.
4th - 7th Language Arts 37 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Rockefeller's Revenge: Exxon and Mobil Unite
Study the impact and possible outcomes of the Exxon-Mobil merger in your language arts, social studies, or economics class. Secondary learners evaluate a series of graphs, write a paragraph interpreting the data, and engage in class discussion of mergers after reading a New York Times article.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 25 Views 208 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Great Lakes Plain Regions
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.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
Kids create bottle habitats to see what happens to aquatic environments when the balance disrupted by climate change. In groups of four, the class will construct two habitats. Over a one-month period, they will record what they observe every day.
5th - 8th Science 17 Views 26 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
A Season for Chapters
Art, music, poetry, and the beauty of the seasons is what you'll find in this very nice unit idea. You can use any of the suggested books and activities to engage your second graders in an exploration of the changes that take place throughout the year.
2nd Language Arts 12 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Major Regional Dialects
What does your dialect sound like? Examine variation in English as it relates to geographic regions with your class. They recognize some of the major differences between regional dialects and determine that everyone speaks a dialect. They trace historical events that have shaped the current major regional dialects.
5th - 12th Language Arts 35 Views 177 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Where Do All the Toxins Go?
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.
10th - 12th Science 3 Views 27 Downloads
Michigan Food: From Farm to You
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.
3rd - 4th Science 3 Views 22 Downloads
Marquette and Joliet Explore the Mississippi in 1673
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.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
In this North American geography instructional activity, middle schoolers 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 44 Views 225 Downloads
Michigan History of Philanthropy
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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 9 Views 5 Downloads
U.S. Geography: The Midwest
Young scholars research agricultural products of the Midwest. In this Midwest lesson, 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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 9 Views 37 Downloads
US Geography: The Midwest
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.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 32 Views 79 Downloads
Students investigate America during the the 1800s. For 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.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 26 Views 86 Downloads