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Great Minds? Great Lakes! free sample lesson
Grade level: 3-5Date: 1990 Program cost: Free
Subjects: art, geography, history, math, science, social studies
Publisher: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Correlated to education standards? Yes
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Table of Contents

synopsis:
Students follow the journey of the research vessel Lake Guardian as it travels from lake to lake introducing them to some of the more compelling environmental problems affecting the Great Lakes of the early 1990's.

review:
Great Minds? Great Lakes! is divided into three subject areas: History, Social Studies, and Environmental Sciences. Each section of this 23-page booklet contains background information, discussion points, and a variety of hands-on activities designed to illustrate the major points of each lesson. The emphasis is on content, with each content area having discussion questions and activity ideas. Students learn how Canada and the United States are both responsible for protecting Great Lakes resources. The material introduces issues that play important roles in the Great Lakes ecosystem, including pollution, Remedial Action Plan areas, and shipping. Students follow the journey of the research vessel, the Lake Guardian, as it travels from lake to lake introducing them to some of the more compelling environmental problems affecting the Great Lakes of the early 1990's. A map of the Great Lakes region is provided for photocopying.

Issue 1: HabitatKey Characteristic 1: Accuracy
Issue 2: PollutionKey Characteristic 2: Depth
Issue 3: Invasives - Key Characteristic 3: Skills
Issue 4: Ecosystem - Key Characteristic 4: Action
Issue 5: Biodiversity - Key Characteristic 5: Soundness
Issue 6: Build FisheriesKey Characteristic 6: Usability
Issue 7: Treaty Rights -
Assessment of Coverage:
- none or N/A
limited
fair
moderately good
good
Issue 8: Manage Fisheries -
Issue 9: Stewardship -
Issue 10: Fishing -
Issue 11: Careers -
 

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Disclaimer: The reviews of this and the other Great Lakes Fisheries education materials were conducted by a single independent reviewer. The views of this reviewer do not necessarily reflect the views of GLIN, the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, or the University of Michigan.