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2012 Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Lessons (01-01-12)
developed by 2012 Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Summer Teacher Institute Participants


ELEMENTARY


1st Grade, Science

Lesson Overview
We will explore the connections between mining aggregate materials and their uses and properties through hands on activities. We will identify specific properties of different rock particles and classify them into certain categories. We will also discuss the importance of mining earth materials, as well as how their properties aid in the use of each of these natural resources. 

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Kindergarten, Social Studies & Language Arts

Lesson Overview
The lesson is intended to introduce kindergarten students to the location of the Great Lakes in context to where they live. Most live only miles away from the Detroit River. I want to use these lessons to build background knowledge of the many resources the Great Lakes offer.


Kindergarten, Social Studies & Language Arts

Lesson Overview
The lesson is intended to introduce kindergarten students to the location of the Great Lakes in context to where they live. Most live only miles away from the Detroit River. I want to use these lessons to build background knowledge of the many resources the Great Lakes offer.


2nd grade, Social Studies & Geography

Lesson Overview
The Overall theme/topic to be addressed is comparing the theme of place between two local communities by constructing maps and using critical thinking skills to see if it's possible for locks to be built at Tahquamenon Falls. This lesson plan connects to the curriculum at my school by dealing with local history of Newberry, MI and Sault Ste. Marie, MI and constructing maps. With this lesson I hope to accomplish the student using map symbols and legends correctly to an authentic learning experience. Business in Newberry amd Sault Ste Marie and Locks-at-Tahquamenon-Falls


3rd grade, Physical Science, Economics

Lesson Overview
Science: Students investigate two materials that weigh the same amount. They plan an investigation to answer the question: “If I have an amount of Skittels and an amount of Jolly Ranchers of the same weight, will they take up the same amount of space?” Together, the class makes predictions, and decides on materials and procedures, then student groups do the investigation, collect data and draw conclusions. Social Studies/Economics: Students will be able to describe importance of iron ore shipping to the economy of the Great Lakes region and how the technology of producing taconite pellets has improved the efficiency of shipping iron ore.


3rd-8th grades, Social Studies: Economy & Geography

Lesson Overview
Students will gain knowledge of the shipping industry using resources from the Know Your Ships guide and http://www.boatnerd.com website  to locate freighters on the Great Lakes, know where they are going to and where they came from, and what cargo they are carrying, as well as the history of that ship.


  • Great Lakes Cause & Effect: The Eastland v. The Tug Sport v. The Arthur J. by Mary Lund

5th grade, Social Studies

Lesson Overview

Students will examine cause and effect relationships related to the sinking of the Eastland, the Tug Sport and the Arthur J. Students will examine YouTube videos, historical publications, current newspaper articles, etc. as to clue words and phrases that identify the cause and effect of each of the three incidents. Students will create a triple Venn Diagram comparing the similarities and differences of the three incidents and briefly summarize their opinion as to the cause and effect of each incident.



MIDDLE SCHOOL


7th Grade, Geography

Lesson Overview
Students will use a map of the Great Lakes basin, a textbook resource, and the teacher to locate the different physical features and natural resources found in Canada


7th Grade, Geography

Lesson Overview
Students will use a map of the Great Lakes basin to make connections between resources and movement of goods. Students will discover the ways in which the Great Lakes affect the economy of Canada.


            Middle School Science or Social Studies

Lesson Overview
Students will construct a working lock system and successfully float a marshmallow “boat” through its opening.


            6th Grade Science

Lesson Overview:
This lesson is on graphing skills, but starts with some Great Lakes shipping background to build interest and to lead into a barge building activity for the following week. More on Graphing


            6th Grade Science
Lesson Overview:
Students are engaged in the engineering design processes through the design and construction of a Great Lakes barge using a 15 cm2.piece of foil. Students will measure the mass and volume of the barge and calculate its density with and without marbles (cargo). Great Lakes shipping is a springboard for both local content (Great Lakes literacy) and skills instruction (data analysis and engineering) is a win-win situation. Why Do Boats Float


Lesson Overview:
This is a two-part, 2-day lesson. On Day 1, students utilize the Great Lakes Maritime Interactive Web Module independently on the computer. On Day 2, students work with the teacher and use the Great Lakes floor map to examine maritime shipping--- how/why it relates to them and the types of ships and goods that travel upbound and downbound on the Great Lakes. Students will demonstrate with hands-on authentic assessment their ability to interpret diagrams and data tables on shipping and receiving of goods on the Great Lakes.


HIGH  SCHOOL


9th – 12th Grade, Biology
Lesson Overview
Students will collect Zebra Mussels from a nearby lake and experiment with a variety of substances to kill them without harming indigenous wildlife.


11th & 12th grade, Physics or Physical Science

Lesson Overview
Students will review the concept of momentum and assess the value of Great Lakes shipping for moving freight. The lesson will begin with problems focused on moment of inertia that lead into the lesson’s focus on center of gravity introduced with a demonstration and short PowerPoint.  Through class discussion of the demonstration students will be encouraged to come up with the solution of ballast tanks to stabilize a boat. The lesson will close with a discussion of invasive species in ballast water. 


11th & 12th grade, Physics or Physical Science

Lesson Overview
This lesson will take students through the energy transfers that take place during the production of steel.  Students will do calculations of energy transfers and compare how much energy recycling steel can save.  Energy transformation is an important concept.  This lesson will also involve heat, temperature and efficiency.  Energy calculations and transformation will be reviewed during this lesson while also informing students about steel production and the importance of recycling.


  • Great Lakes Natural Resources, by Robert Ziegler

9th – 12th, Ecology & Language Arts

Lesson Overview
Students prepare reports on natural resources found in the Great Lakes region and their distribution via the Great Lakes. Reports should include information on the direct impact of the removal of these natural resources on the environment as well as the indirect effects that may involve other components of the ecosystem.  Students will choose a specific natural resource to research.


  • Invasive Species: Another Form of Environmental Pollution, by Robert Ziegler

9th – 12th Ecology

Lesson Overview
Students will research invasive species in the Great Lakes and prepare reports that will be presented to classmates for discussion.


10th – 12th, Life Science/Social Studies (Special Needs Students)

Lesson Overview
Students will explore the Soo Locks’ colorful history that includes the early native Ojibway Indian residents of the area, via a scavenger hunt titled Locks Quest that challenges students to find the answers to 26 questions about the Soo Locks. Great Lakes Port Activity cards


Great Lakes Shipping Routes, by Dr. Delbur Reese

10th – 12th, Life/Earth Science (Special Needs Students)

Lesson Overview: This lesson will address the Great Lakes ecosystems, natural resources, water cycles, weather patterns, and the three states of matter in which water on Earth can be found. Students will name the Great Lakes, identify locations of major ports; and examine how human interactions affect the natural resources of the Great Lakes. Great Lakes Shipping Route Activity cards


              9th grade, Physical Science

Lesson Overview:
Students will calculate time, distance, and speed and explain how they relate to one another, and use these to estimate the arrival time into the Ludington Harbor of approaching freighters.


Lesson Overview
Students will identify the location of each of the five Great Lakes, some notable geological feature of each Lake, and the states surrounding the Great Lakes, plus Canada.  Students will explain how the Lakes are interconnected, with flow from one affecting another, and how the act as thermal regulators.

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