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An online animation demonstrates how the lock system between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan works. Pupils then construct their own models of the lock system out of shoe boxes that they bring from home. This is an educational activity that can be used in conjunction with a history lesson or a technology engineering lesson.
Research the proliferation of zebra mussels and their effects on local bodies of water. The class obtains zebra mussels and examines them, identifying their basic structures. They brainstorm ways the mussel may have been introduced to Lake Michigan and determine how the zebra mussels affect water conditions.
High schoolers use fossils found in rocks to determine the age of the strata between Rock Island and Chicago. Pupils pretend they are geologists. They must determine the age of all rock layers between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan. This is no small task, and here is a terrific activity that provides you everything you need to lead your charges through the inquiry. Terrific photographs, worksheets, and resource links are embedded in the plan.
Students gain an appreciation for geologic and historic time. They gain a general amount of information of the development of hte Chicago area, with particular attention given to the role of the Chicago River. Students contruct a time line using events from US and Illinois history.
Students interpret aerial photographs. They view aerial photographs or satellite-produced images to locate and identify physical and human features. They study satellite images and label their images for bodies of water, clouds, directions, states, and river valleys. They write an essay summarizing their photographs.