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Mysteries of the Great Lakes Educator's Guide


 

Junior -
Overview

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Subjects: Science, social studies, mathematics and language arts
Time recommended
2 weeks
Grades
4-6

Project at a Glance
Students will:
  • learn about the many threats to the health of the Great Lakes and their inhabitants
  • take a look at the history of the Great Lakes and how they were formed
  • meet one of the world's largest and oldest freshwater fish - the Lake Sturgeon
  • gain an appreciation for the Earth's supply of freshwater

Preparation:

  • preview the IMAX film, Mysteries of the Great Lakes
  • preview the PowerPoint Presentations (can be shown to students in its entirety or in segments as themes are presented).
  • preview and/or download background information:
    • Story: An Old Friend
    • Lake Sturgeon Factsheet
    • Blue Shark Factsheet
    • Greatest Lakes in the World
    • Great Lakes Timeline
    • Sally’s Eco-Web
    • Culminating Activity: The Sturgeon Times Newspaper
  • make copies of the following:
    • Story: An Old Friend
    • Lake Sturgeon Factsheet
    • Blue Shark Factsheet
    • Lake Sturgeon/Blue Shark Venn Diagram Activity
    • Greatest Lakes in the World Activity
    • Great Lakes Timeline Activity
    • Sally’s Eco-Web Poster Activity
  • gather examples of newspapers and if possible a student-made newspaper.