|Great Lakes in My World
|| free sample lesson
|Grade level: K-8||Date: 2005
||Program cost: $40.00
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Alliance for the Great Lakes
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Table of Contents
A complete Great Lakes Unit which looks at the lakes and lake issues, sand dunes, wetlands, human communities, history, geology and water flow. A real issue, problem-solving focus provides authentic learning and opportunities for action.
This complete Great Lakes curriculum is made up of six units:
Lakes: how they work, how people are connected, and some lake issues
Sand Dunes: uniqueness, interrelationships, adaptations and extraction
Wetlands: structure, function and importance
Human Communities: human dependence and impacts on the lakes, living sustainably
History: interactions of various peoples with the lakes through time; relationship to the present
Geology and water flow: formation and significance of Great Lakes geology and water flow, including issues of withdrawal and export
Each unit contains a series of active, inquiry-based lessons placed in a sequence of connect --> explore --> investigate, which generally end up in summary activities leading to an exploration of local issues and actions taken in relation to those issues. The units also provide a choice of in-class or outdoor activities (many of the latter on-site) and opportunities for service learning (for example, Adopt-A-Beach). There is a good balance of research, observation, discussion, writing and action. Assessment is primarily done through rubrics, which provide both formative and summative evaluation opportunities. Many of the wrap-up suggestions could also be used to evaluate students. Good background information includes sources and additional references (many on-line), and journal pages confirm and extend activities and lessons. CD-based images and sounds enhance the program. The curriculum comes with a set of 60 Great Lakes Creature Cards, used
in many of the activities.
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.