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Environmental Rediscoveries (Schoolship) free sample lesson
Grade level: 7Date: 2000 Program cost: Free
Subjects: science, social studies
Publisher: Pennsylvania Sea Grant
Correlated to education standards? No
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synopsis:
Students have the opportunity to become "sailors and scientists" for a day, learning about the ecosystem of Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie. On board, students operate sampling equipment, and then return shoreside to analyze their samples.

review:
Students have the opportunity to become "sailors and scientists" for a day, learning about the ecosystem of Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie, while also learning to sail aboard a 42-foot Friendship Sloop. On board, students operate a ponar dredge to collect bottom sediment and record the temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity and pH at various depths using a Hydrolab. Students return shoreside to analyze their samples, examine a sample taken from a shore-based plankton net and learn important lessons about water quality and pollution as well as the important role people play as stewards to their environment. An accompanying curriculum linked to state standards provides lesson plans related to the physics of sailing, watersheds, invasive species, mayflies, Presque Isle Bay and the Presque Isle AOC. There are excellent content sections, good diagrams and worksheets, but no direct connections between the curriculum and either the water quality tests or plankton sampling. Extensions are minimal, but some actions are suggested. A board game is also available as an assessment tool. Students navigate their way around Presque Isle Bay answering trivia questions in an attempt to collect more "life rings" than their opponents do. Note: no assessment could be made of on-board content delivered during the cruise.

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 Fisheries - Key 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.