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Summer vacation researching lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/25)
Steve Park, a seventh-grade science teacher from Riverview Middle School in Huntington, Ind. spent a portion of his summer on an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel.

Senators announce funding for University of Michigan project
WKZO - Washington, D.C. (8/25)
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say that a grant for the University of Michigan will help develop models to protect Lake Erie from the effects of algal blooms.

Residents get hands-on lesson about Maumee River conditions
WTVG 13 ABC - Toledo, OH (8/25)
More than two dozen people took a two-hour look at the Maumee River and nearby facilities that impact its condition. The tour, hosted by the Lake Erie Waterkeeper, was especially important this year because of the growing algae bloom in Lake Erie.

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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.