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Great Lakes in My World free sample lesson
Grade level: K-8Date: 2005 Program cost: $40.00
Subjects: art, environmental studies, geography, language arts, music, science, social studies
Publisher: Alliance for the Great Lakes
Correlated to education standards? Yes
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Table of Contents

synopsis:
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.

review:
This complete Great Lakes curriculum is made up of six units:
  1. Lakes: how they work, how people are connected, and some lake issues
  2. Sand Dunes: uniqueness, interrelationships, adaptations and extraction
  3. Wetlands: structure, function and importance
  4. Human Communities: human dependence and impacts on the lakes, living sustainably
  5. History: interactions of various peoples with the lakes through time; relationship to the present
  6. 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.

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.