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Great Lakes Environmental Issues free sample lesson
Grade level: 7-12Date: 1997 Program cost: $8.00
Subjects: environmental studies, geography, history, math, science, social studies
Publisher: Ohio Sea Grant Publications
Correlated to education standards? Yes
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Table of Contents

synopsis:
An Earth Systems activity book covering a range of environmental issues in the Great Lakes: resource use, water quality, bioaccumulation of toxins in the food chain, human health risks associated with eating contaminated fish, watershed management issues, and oil pollution.

review:
This 180-page manual is one of a series of subject area activity books related to the Great Lakes. The series is based on Earth Systems Education, a process designed to "create a curriculum more responsive to human needs and future quality of life." They are all data-rich, and include a significant number of both standard and web-based references, some of which are required to complete activities. Included with the activities are some suggestions about possible ways to use them in cooperative learning situations and how lessons can be structured according to the learning cycle. Subject matter is compatible with existing curriculum, and the activities require minimal preparation time and equipment needs. This material covers a range of environmental issues in the Great Lakes: resource use, water quality, bioaccumulation of toxins in the food chain, human health risks associated with eating contaminated fish, watershed management issues, and oil pollution. Other subject areas available in this series are Great Lakes shipping, climate and water movement, land and water interactions, and life in the Great Lakes.

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.