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Exploring the Great Lakes free sample lesson
Grade level: 7-12Date: 1999 Program cost: $8.50
Subjects: environmental studies, health, math, science, social studies
Publisher: US Environmental Protection Agency, GLNPO, and Purdue University
Correlated to education standards? Yes
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As part of an interactive simulation, students use the scientific method to gather data on chemical and biological conditions of the Great Lakes, monitor pollutant concentrations in the water, sediment, air, fish, and other biological matter and then present their findings.

Exploring the Great Lakes contains an interactive learning activity called "Great Lakes Adventure." During this activity, students learn about and research six "hot topics" or relevant issues that are impacting the Great Lakes: Eutrophication, Fish Communities, Exotic Species, Beach Closures, Loss of Habitat, and Toxics. During the adventure, students get a virtual tour of the Lake Guardian, the EPA's newest and largest research and monitoring vessel, that operates on the Great Lakes. During this virtual tour, students have the opportunity to gather data on chemical and biological conditions of the Great Lakes and to monitor pollutant concentrations in the water, sediment, air, fish, and other biological matter. Some of the tests performed include fish identification, testing for concentrations of various toxins, and dissolved oxygen concentrations and water temperature. Students work their way through the adventure, reaching a point where they put their new skills to the test by trying to solve an aquatic mystery. Students use their newly acquired knowledge to identify critical pieces of information, formulate a hypothesis, run tests on various samples, and report their findings during a virtual press conference. A printable student worksheet assesses the knowledge learned during the Great Lakes Adventure. The CD-ROM also contains The Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book. The atlas has a great deal of information about the area, people, natural processes, management and new directions for the Great Lakes. Many maps, diagrams, and fact sheets are also included. This information may also be found online at http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/atlas/

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
moderately 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.