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Comparing Different Cultures: Are we really that different?

The objective is for students to understand that human cultures all have common threads.

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Great Lakes Literacy Principles:
6. The Great Lakes and humans in their watersheds are inextricably interconnected.
8. The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation and the planet.


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Past and Present Shorelines of Lake Superior

Students will understand that the shore line of Lake Superior used to be longer in the past. Students will understand the geology changes the lay out of the land over time.

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Great Lakes Literacy Principles:
2. Natural forces formed the Great Lakes; the lakes continue to shape the features of their watershed.


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Outdoor Activities

The curriculum contains great outdoor activities for students of all ages.

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4. Water makes Earth habitable; fresh water sustains life on land. :
6. The Great Lakes and humans in their watersheds are inextricably interconnected.
8. The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation and the planet.


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Invasive Species Musical Chairs

Students will play musical chairs to learn about native species and invasive species as well as the impact of invasive species on native species.

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Great Lakes Literacy Principles:
5. The Great Lakes support a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.
8. The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation and the planet.


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Amphibian Trivia: What’s there to know about frogs and why are they important?

As partners, students will work to understand materials about frogs. Then, partners will be separated to form two groups to play the amphibian trivia game. Students will learn about the importance of amphibians such as frogs as well as how frogs differ from toads.

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Writing for Wild

Students will interpret and observe the natural world through their own words and by using figurative language.

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5. The Great Lakes support a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.


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Pourquoi Tales

Students will explore folklore and then write their own pourquoi tale. There are two curricula that are very similar. One has a section where students can create illustrations.

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Great Lakes Literacy Principles:
6. The Great Lakes and humans in their watersheds are inextricably interconnected.
8. The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation and the planet.


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Nature Idiom Lesson

Students will interpret and observe the natural world using figurative language. Students will then create a nature idiom PowerPoint with complete sentences to discuss the origin and meaning of nature idioms.

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8. The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation and the planet.


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Great Lakes Region Mysteries and Unexplained Events Lesson

Students will explore mysteries and unexplained events in the Great Lakes region. They will identify facts/evidence and be able to tell what is credible or not in order to create a brochure using the facts/evidence.

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Great Lakes Literacy Principles:
1. The Great Lakes, bodies of fresh water with many features, are connected to each other and to the world ocean.
7. Much remains to be learned about the Great Lakes.


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