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Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning lesson, students research the history and present status of the Lake Michigan Federation. Students read literature to further their knowledge of private property versus common resources.
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.
Students volunteer for the International Coastal Cleanup. They describe the purpose of the Lake Michigan Foundation and a history of the dunes. They reflect on their experiences with writing.
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 lesson that provides you everything you need to lead your charges through the inquiry. Terrific photographs, worksheets, and resource links are embedded in the plan.
Fourth graders research and write a play about the Rouse Simmons, the Christmas Tree Ship that sank in 1912. They write the play and create the props before presenting the play.
Learners 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.
In this Wisconsin state history worksheet, 4th graders read two pages of information about Wisconsin then complete 10 true and false questions.
Fourth graders conduct an experiment.  In this beach erosion lesson, 4th graders define erosion, brainstorm ways to stop erosion, view pictures and video clips of erosion, and complete an experiment that models the process of erosion.
Eighth graders are introduced to the Earth's hydrologic system including the cycling of water in the atmosphere and the movement of water on the surface of the planet using the Great Lakes watershed as an example.
In this Great Lakes learning exercise, learners 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.
In this too much/too little problem solving worksheet, students complete a set of 5 problems, using a table of information to determine whether too much or too little information is given before solving.
Students research and chart Marquette's and Jolliet's expedition of the Great Lakes and Wisconsin region. They summarize their findings contained in the explorers' journals.
In this Iowa reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 2-page selection regarding the state and then respond to 10 true or false questions.
Tenth graders examine different invasive species in Lake Michigan. In this biology lesson, 10th graders research how these species get into the lake and how they survive there. They analyze their effect on the food web and existing ecosystem.
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.
Learners construct and compare maps, analyze data for historical accuracy and importance, and make comparisons of original documents. They evaluate importance of people and events and identify people, places, and events important in Wisconsin history.
Students prepare for their service learning project by listening to a representative from the Lake Michigan Federation. They volunteer their time to clean up the coast line. They reflect on the event by writing a poem about their experiences.
In this video, Sal solves another navigation problem that combines the SOH-CAH-TOA model and the relationship between distance, rate, and time. The most challenging part of this problem is probably the set up, and he does a good job of drawing out exactly what problem needs to be solved.

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