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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 instructional activity provides experience with real-life data and a common occurrence in many of our waterways. 
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. 
Seventh graders are presented with a short history of pollution and the self-cleaning abilities of the Earth. It begins with a brief history of the pollution and subsequent revival of Lake Erie.
Eleventh graders examine the effects of the zebra mussel or other non-native species on Ohio's ecosystems. The zebra mussel is a non-native species that has both positive and negative impacts on Ohio's waterways.
Fourth graders use the design process to construct devices that send distress signals through air and water for purposes of rescue. They construct devices that use light and sound to assist in nautical rescues and use the knowledge gained throughout this unit to complete the assignment.
In this Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry worksheet, students read a 3 page article and then answer 10 statements as true or false.
Seventh graders study the history of pollution and the self cleaning abilities of the Earth.  In this pollution lesson students examine human impact on the ecosystem and discuss what actions could be taken in their community. 
For this Great Lakes worksheet, students read a passage about the Great Lakes and answer short answer questions. Students complete 5 short answer questions.
Students work together to identify and describe the various types of mussels. Using a color-coded system, they plot the arrival date of zebra mussels in North American waters. They discuss the increase in their population with the class.
Students review the geography of the Great Lakes and explore their importance in depth. In groups, they conduct Internet research on a topic related to the Great Lakes. Then they formulate a plan of action to address one of these issues.
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.
In this map skills activity, 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.
Students discover bodies of water in the United States by investigating the Eerie Canal.  In this U.S. Geography lesson, students discuss Lake Eerie and the canal that was built in order to transport goods.  Students research the lake on the Internet and complete worksheets based on Lake Eerie facts.
Pupils use Internet sources to learn about the Erie Canal. In this Internet search lesson, students complete a cyber search to read and gather information about the Erie Canal.
Students investigate the geographic influences on transporation routes and trace the Erie Canal on blank maps. They note the natural waterways utilized by the canal and locate various features on their maps.
In this United States map instructional activity, students research books or the Internet to find facts about The Great Lakes. Students write their facts they found on the lines provided.
In this landforms worksheet, students fill in missing words and phrases in nine sentences about North America without using a word bank.
From stagecoach to railroad tracks, your class will discover how advancements in travel in the United States during the nineteenth century played an integral role in the industrialization and development of American society. The main activity in this resource is an investment game where class members are given a unique identity and then, based on their knowledge of transportation in the period, are asked to invest in the best mode of transportation at various stages in the eighteen hundreds. 
If you're looking for a description of the major happenings of the presidencies of both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, then this is the resource for you. Similar to a textbook reading, this worksheet offers a great deal of information and is followed by a few assessment questions to check for understanding. It can be assigned as an independent reading or homework assignment, but you may wish to jigsaw the material or ask clarifying questions along the way if done as a whole-group reading activity.
Three days of erosion exploration await your elementary geologists. Learners begin by examining rivers via Google Earth, then they model water flow in sand, and finally, they identify resulting landforms. This lesson is written specifically for residents of Ohio, but with a little preparation, it can be adapted to your local watershed. 

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