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Coastal Centre concerned about plastic pollution in Lake Huron
Owen Sound Sun Times (7/17)
Everyone has a role to play in turning the tide on the growing problem of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. That's the message from Ontario's Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation outreach specialist, who is working to educate people on simple ways to help combat the issue.

Elementary Adventure Day outing provides hands-on fun
The Ashland Daily Press (7/12)
Just over half-a-dozen youngsters gathered at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, in Wisconsin, to participate in the first of this year’s three 4-H Elementary Adventure Day’s.

Summer interns help to research Lake Erie issues
The Toledo Blade (7/5)
Eleven college and university students from across the United States are studying freshwater lake issues this summer at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center.

Anglers enlisted in water fight
Great Lakes Echo (6/29)
A recent study by researchers at Cornell University, in N.Y., revealed that anglers in the Great Lakes region are aware of and concerned about the threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Lake State opens Sea Grant office
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News (6/29)
Lake Superior State University officially welcomed its new Michigan Sea Grant office to campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning.

Stone Lab hosts series of experts to discuss lake
Port Clinton News Herald (6/28)
In Ohio, people looking to learn more about the issues facing Lake Erie will have several opportunities this summer to hear firsthand from the experts in the field who deal with those issues every day.

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Curricular Materials

Bell Live! The Great Lakes: A Superior Adventure free sample lesson
Grade level: 4-8Date: 2000 Program cost: $30.00
Subjects: environmental studies, history, geography, math, science
Publisher: University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History
Correlated to education standards? Yes
Ordering Information
Table of Contents

synopsis:
Bell Live is a virtual field trip to Lake Superior, accompanied by demonstrations and experiments. The curriculum is divided into four sections each providing a variety of activities and experiments related to that topic, and backed up by on-line information and activities.

review:
Bell LIVE! is an annual series of virtual field trips, accompanied by demonstrations and experiments. The year 2000 focuses on a journey to the Great Lakes. The intention of the program and curriculum is to raise awareness of the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Superior, by raising the understanding of forces that influence these lakes. The curriculum guide contains activities that focus mainly on issues related to Lake Superior, where the Bell LIVE! 2000 broadcast took place.The program provides a broad introduction to Lake Superior, beginning with its creation. The curriculum is divided into four sections - Skills, Setting the Stage, All About Water, and Life in the Lake - each providing a variety of activities and experiments related to that topic. An index of lessons indicates which national science standards are met by each lesson. The Bell LIVE! 2000 website (http://www.bellmuseum.org/distancelearning/belllive.html) provides supplemental information to some activities. It also provides activities and information not found in the curriculum guide, including chat sessions with researchers and experts, online ecogames, teacher and student bulletin boards, a Great Lakes field guide, and the Minnesota and National Science Standards. The Bell LIVE! broadcast took place on October 12, 2000 from Lake Superior itself and from the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minnesota. A 1-hour video features the best of the October 12, 2000 on-line broadcast, and is available for purchase. The Curriculum Guide is $30. A DVD or VHS of the one-hour virtual field trip is $30. The Curriculum Guide and the dvd/video together cost $55.

Issue 1: HabitatKey Characteristic 1: Accuracy
Issue 2: PollutionKey Characteristic 2: Depth
Issue 3: InvasivesKey Characteristic 3: Skills
Issue 4: Ecosystem - Key Characteristic 4: Action
Issue 5: BiodiversityKey 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.