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.
Guess that Animal!
Students will work in teams to read about an animal that lives in the St. Louis River Estuary. They will then work together to draw and name the animal that they think the description describes. This allows students to become familiar with animals that could be present around their school or homes that live in the estuary while also learning valuable lessons in team work.
Habitat Scavenger Hunt
A wonderfully crafted scavenger hunt for a no-fail outdoor experience with your students.
How Did They Get Here?
Students will investigate a variety of resources to formulate a hypothesis regarding how Rusty Crayfish arrived in the St. Louis River.
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.
Keep the Water Clean!
Students will learn about different types of pollution that can be present in water, ways those types of pollution can be handled, what Areas of Concerns are, and what can be done to clean up (and keep clean) Areas of Concerns in the St. Louis River Estuary.
Lichen, Moss, and Fungus
Students will learn what lichen, moss, and fungus are as well as how they are important to the ecosystem and to humans.
Make Ice Cream-Out of Snow!
This (and other websites) will tell you how to easily make ice cream out of snow.
You can also use this time to teach about the three states of water: solid, liquid, and gas.
Making a Watershed!
This lesson outline and PowerPoint guide you and your students through learning about watersheds by making your own! Students will make their own landscape and hypothesize where water and land are on their landscape. They can add places of human activity and predict what will happen to their watershed when it "rains"! This is a fun, short activity that can be extended to emphasize key ideas. The Enviroscape from the Great Lakes Aquarium is optional but very useful for this lesson!
Mapping Your Place
Students will construct a large map of a place of their choosing. This place will be divided into smaller sections using a string/flag grid system. Each student will take their time to create a map of one portion of the grid to be put together into a larger whole.