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Zebra Mussel Mania free sample lesson
Grade level: 5-6Date: 1997 Program cost: $45.00
Subjects: history, language arts, math, science
Publisher: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Correlated to education standards? Yes
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synopsis:
A science kit and curriculum that provides experiments, games, stories, and other hands-on activities to help educators teach about a wide range of problems associated with zebra mussels and other exotic species, from an interdisciplinary approach.

review:
Zebra Mussel Mania is a science kit and curriculum that provides experiments, games, stories, and other hands-on activities to help educators teach about a wide range of problems associated with zebra mussels and other exotic species. The curriculum guide outlines ten activities that integrate science with math, social studies, language arts, fine arts, health, and physical education. The activities are hands-on, and emphasize inquiry-based cooperative learning. The instructional guidelines of each activity relate to the Benchmarks for Science Literacy, Project 2061 (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Each of the ten activities is prefaced with specific goals and objectives to be met, and addresses the process skills students need to learn science: observation, measurement, classification, inference, prediction, communication, formulation of hypotheses, experimentation, and interpretation of data. The instructional approach used by this curriculum allows students to work in cooperative groups, and the guide provides detailed instructions on how to promote cooperative learning within such groups. The materials also have a strong emphasis on assessment. Educators can choose from one of three options: Borrow the complete traveling trunk from one of the 27 lending sites across the U.S. and Canada. A user fee or deposit may be charged. Duplicate the trunk by purchasing the curriculum guide ($35), resource portfolio ($35) and materials at local stores (about $200). Purchase a complete trunk, curriculum guide, and resource portfolio for $360, plus $20 for shipping.

Issue 1: HabitatKey Characteristic 1: Accuracy
Issue 2: PollutionKey Characteristic 2: Depth
Issue 3: InvasivesKey Characteristic 3: Skills
Issue 4: EcosystemKey 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.