Curriculum

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.

Question of the Day for Early Childhood -Winter

Continue the classroom discussions about Phenology and the Lake Superior Watershed with these questions relating to Winter

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Great Lakes Literacy Principles:
3. The Great Lakes influence local and regional weather and climate.
5. The Great Lakes support a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.
6. The Great Lakes and humans in their watersheds are inextricably interconnected.
7. Much remains to be learned about the Great Lakes.

Question of the Day for Early Childhood Classes – Fall

Use these questions relating to Phenology and the Lake Superior Watershed to get young learners to think about their "Neighborhood".

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3. The Great Lakes influence local and regional weather and climate.
4. Water makes Earth habitable; fresh water sustains life on land. :
5. The Great Lakes support a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.
7. Much remains to be learned about the Great Lakes.

Question of the day for Early Childhood-Spring

Spring has arrived! Here are some questions to get the discussion going about what is happening right outside the classroom!

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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.
3. The Great Lakes influence local and regional weather and climate.
5. The Great Lakes support a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.
7. Much remains to be learned about the Great Lakes.

Rock Cycle and Rock Identification

The unit plan attached will guide students through the rock cycle (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock formations), identification of common rocks of these types, and guide students into understanding the importance of brownstone. There are a lot of resources for this: "The Brownstone Quarries of Bayfield County" by Tom Gerstenberger (two parts), rock identification key, rock cycle, and (attached here as well) Survivor Buildings of the Great Chicago Fire. LSNERR has a rock collection kit and "You're a Rock!" Game kit.

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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.
6. The Great Lakes and humans in their watersheds are inextricably interconnected.

Rock Cycle/Rock Identification Key Handouts

Attached are the Rock cycle and rock identification key handouts that go with the Rock Cycle and Rock Identification Curriculum

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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.

Saltwater vs. Freshwater

Students will learn about the differences between saltwater and freshwater, where they are found, what water is in Lake Superior and the animals of both types of water.

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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.
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.

Savanna Portage: Readers Theater

The Savanna Portage was the crucial link between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Gulf of Mexico. Its discovery and usage created an interesting and important mix of cultures between Native Americans, Voyageurs, fur trading companies, and other explorers.

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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.
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.

Shipwrecks Alive! Dive Master Information

Here is a "scavenger hunt" form for the Shipwrecks Alive! Exhibit at the Great Lakes Aquarium with answer sheet!

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