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Students 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. 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, 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.
Learners 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. Learners compare and contrast locations and events of that time.
Students research marine ecosystems by creating class presentations. In this oceanography lesson, students research the different locations of marine sanctuaries by identifying them on a transparency map in class. Students 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
In this Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry worksheet, learners read a 3 page article and then answer 10 statements as true or false.
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.
Students infer the cause of a shipwreck based upon information about artifacts found in the wreck. In this marine archeology lesson, students use an inventory list to infer the cause of a shipwreck. Students discuss the maritime technology used in the nineteenth century.
Students explore how marine archaeologists use data to draw inferences about shipwrecks. In this marine archeology lesson students plot the position of a vessel, draw inferences about a shipwreck and explain the possible circumstances of the vessel's sinking.
Students read about the three tribes most commonly found in Michigan and answer multiple choice questions and complete a word search. In this Native American lesson plan, students read about Native American life and where they could go to see more about these people.
Sixth graders locate and identify the major bodies of water and waterways in the United States. Through a simulation activity, they describe how early explorers would have described their surroundings. Working in groups, they create their own continent and describe the bodies of water that may be on their land.
Young scholars explore lakes of the United States. For this geography lesson, students identify noteworthy lakes on a map of the United States.
Third graders label and color different maps to identify the different geographical regions in Michigan. In this Michigan regions lesson plan, 3rd graders label 7 maps and write about them.
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.
An article on The Canadian Campaign of the War of 1812 awaits your students. After reading the article, students answer ten true/false questions about the campaign. Answers appear at the end.
In this zebra mussels learning exercise, 7th graders read an article about zebra mussel populations in United States' lakes and rivers. Students read about the negative effects and some positive results and then answer several questions about the passage.
Learners explore shipping through song lyrics. They delve into the world of water transportation as they analyze the lyrics from the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Plenty of web resource links and background information are available; however, the song lyrics are not.
Pupils examine their community and create a community profile. They exchange the profiles with other students in other schools and write letters asking for information about their community.
Students examine the different types of vessels used in commercial shipping. For this commercial shipping lesson students apply force and motion to problems of marine safety.
Students listen to an online interview with a fisheries researcher who studies Great Lakes fish and their habitats. Students use a KWL chart to review what they know, what they want to know, and what they've learned.