Michigan Sea Grant has produced a fantastic resource to help educators teach their students about Great Lakes science. Teaching Great Lakes Science offers fully-developed lesson plans and activities with accompanying data sets, all freely available and optimized for use in the classroom. These resources are targeted toward students in grades 4-12 and are designed so that teachers can choose to either use the complete module or to mix and match different components based on their instructional needs. Educators can browse these resources by concept (Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Social Science) or by topic (e.g., fish, invasive species, water properties). These lessons and activities utilize guided inquiry to help students develop higher-level thinking skills. In the Teaching Tools section, educators will find tips for creating inquiry-based questions of their own. Another highlight of this resource is the Great Lakes FieldScope, a web-based geospatial tool developed in partnership with National Geographic Education Programs. In providing this excellent resource, Michigan Sea Grant aims to increase scientific and Great Lakes literacy in current and future generations.
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