Additional Curricula

Additional Aquatic Science Education Curricula

 

Great Lakes Lessons:  Teaching with Great Lakes Data

Great Lakes LessonsGreat Lakes Lessons

 

WEBLINK:  http://greatlakeslessons.com/

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION:  Michigan Sea Grant

Sea Grant

 

OVERVIEW:  Teaching With Great Lakes Data
Choose among Great Lakes lessons and activities, data sets and tools. Any of these multidisciplinary resources may be incorporated into your curriculum. All the materials on this website are free.

  • Explore climate, weather, water quality and fish habitat.
  • Encourage students to develop higher-level thinking skills using real data.
  • Enhance teaching skills through guided inquiry methods.

This website is part of a research and education effort supported by Michigan Sea Grant (University of Michigan and Michigan State University), Eastern Michigan University (Professor Sandra Rutherford), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Great Lakes Observing System, the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-Great Lakes and the NOAA-Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.  You will need to create a user account, if you don’t have one already.


New User: Please create a new account, with a user name and password
Returning User: Log in with your user name and password
Questions: Contact Michigan Sea Grant, msgpubs@umich.edu


CROSS-CONNECTING LESSON(S):

  • Fish Finders – Lesson 3: Lake Sturgeon – lesson activity involves students in determining needs of sturgeon and design sturgeon habitat to help support the recovery effort.  Activity learning about basic needs of fish through habitat exploration and understanding how humans and ecosystem factors have changed fish habitat in the Huron-Erie corridor.

NOTE:  To access lesson you must first create a user account (or log on using existing account) with Great Lakes Lessons.  Navigate to “Great Lakes Lessons” and then choose “Fish Finders – Lesson 3:  Lake Sturgeon” within “Unit 3:  Life Science Module”

 

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Project FLOW:  Fisheries Learning on the Web

 Fisheries Learning on the Web

WEBLINK:  http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/flow/

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Michigan Sea Grant

Sea Grant

 

OVERVIEW:  Fisheries Learning on the Web (FLOW)
FLOW is a comprehensive curriculum about the Great Lakes ecosystem with three core units: Food Web, Water and Fish. Geared toward upper elementary and middle school educators, standards-based lesson content features hands-on activities. Online lessons are downloadable for free, and include:

  • Specific educational objectives, based on standards and benchmarks.
  • Assessment tools, based on learning objectives.

Fun and engaging downloadable materials, such as an invasive species board game, a dichotomous key, and land use game and fish cards.

CROSS-CONNECTING LESSON(S):

Lessons about Food Webs, Water, and Fish all might relate to study of sturgeon, however, consider exploring some of the lessons within the Fish Unit, including:

 

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PROJECT F.I.S.H.

Project F.I.S.H.

 

WEBLINK:   http://www.projectfish.org/

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Michigan State University, Department of CARRS (Community, Agriculture, and Recreational Resource Studies) / 4-H Youth Programs

CARRS

 

OVERVIEW:  Project F.I.S.H.

To initiate and provide fishing education and fishing skills to interested adults and youth from Michigan’s many diverse populations. This will preserve a natural heritage that ensures the future of fishing, which includes natural resources and environmental awareness, ethical fishing practices, fisheries stewardship, and positive developmental activities for children, families, and the community.

Project F.I.S.H. is a mentor based community supported program involving  many partners including schools, 4-H, sportfishing organizations, and mentoring groups within the community.  Project F.I.S.H. is a Michigan State University Department of Fisheries & Wildlife education program in cooperation with the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State University Extension and Michigan United Conservation Clubs.  Our goal in Michigan communities is to educate interested teachers and volunteers with our very exciting and hands-on activities and lessons and leave them with the materials and resources to get kids excited about fishing. Project F.I.S.H. trainings help foster community partnerships and provide access to curriculum and resources in support of teaching:  Michigan Aquatic Ecology:  People and Fish:  Tackle Crafting:  Angling Skills:

 

CROSS-CONNECTING LESSON(S):

Project FISH’s “People and Fish” lessons explore the interactions between humans, fish and aquatic environments, particularly through fishing-related connections.  Aquatic Ecology lessons offer opportunities to explore fish in the context of aquatic ecosystems.  A couple worth exploring:

  • Fashion a Fish (Adaptations) – builds an understanding of fish features (coloration, fins, body shape, etc.) as a means of identifying fish but also understanding how these adaptations help a fish survive in their respective aquatic habitats  and how they connect with habitats.
  • Go Fish!  — an interactive game putting youth in the role of surviving as a fish.  Explores how fish populations fluctuate as a factor of aquatic habitat conditions and availability of food, water, shelter, and space within their environment.
  • Pour-a-Pond:  An activity designed to explore the smaller living organisms within a lake or a stream; understanding aquatic life in relation to food webs for fisheries, but also as a bio-monitoring tool in better understand water quality.

 

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MEECS:  Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support

MEECS

 

WEBLINK:  www.michigan.gov/deqmeecs

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Michigan DEQ

 

OVERVIEW:  MEECS
The Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) contains five Michigan-specific units which provide an opportunity for students in grades 4-9 to learn about  Michigan’s economy and environment through outstanding, inquiry oriented, data-based lessons in science and social studies.  All Five MEECS Units feature engaging, hands-on lessons that encourage student participation and inquiry. Units are designed to increase appreciation and understanding of Michigan’s environment and its role in Michigan’s economy. MEECS is aligned with science and social studies content standards and MEAP assessment.  Units include:  1) Land Use – grades 4-5; 2) Ecosystems & Biodiversity – grades 4-6;
3) Water Quality – grades 6-8; 4) Energy Resources – grades 7-9; and 5) Air Quality – grades 7-9.  The units can be used individually, adopted into a school’s multi-year science curricula, or combined to form the basis for an integrated science course. Each low cost MEECS curriculum unit workshop runs from four to six hours. Classroom unit kits are provided at completion of training.

 

CROSS-CONNECTING LESSON(S): 

Generally, MEECS Water Quality and Ecosystems Units both lend themselves several basic overview lessons relating to water quality and ecosystem interactions.

Specific to sturgeon and their life cycles, you will find some photos and discussion relating to sturgeon, their life cycles, and relating issues within the MEECS web modules called MTU Tech Alive online:  http://techalive.mtu.edu/meec_index.htm.   Click through to the “Aquatic Ecosystems-Rivers and Streams” link (http://techalive.mtu.edu/meec/module07/title.htm) under the listing of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
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Project WET

Project WET

WEBLINK:   http://www.gvsu.edu/wri/education/michigan-project-wet-19.htm

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Grand Valley State University – Annis Water Resources InstituteGrand Valley State University

OVERVIEW:  Michigan Project WET

The goal of the Project WET program is to facilitate and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom ready teaching aids and the establishment of state and internationally sponsored Project WET programs.  The program, designed for formal and non-formal educators of K-12 students, is grounded in well-defined beliefs that are reflected in the curriculum and in training opportunities for the network:

  • Water is important for all water users (e.g., energy producers, farmers and ranchers, fish and wildlife, manufacturers, recreationists, rural and urban dwellers).
  • Wise water management is crucial for providing tomorrow’s children social and economic stability in a healthy environment.
  • Awareness of, and respect for water resources, can encourage a personal, lifelong commitment of responsibility and positive community participation.

CROSS-CONNECTING LESSON(S):

Generally, Project WET provides a basic overview and lessons relating to water quality and aquatic ecosystems.  Training is required to access curriculum and lessons.  For more information contact:

Michigan Project WET, Grand Valley State University – AWRI

740 W. Shoreline Dr., Muskegon, MI 49441

Phone: 616-331-3048

Fax: 616-331-3864

E-mail: vailj@gvsu.edu

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Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Website

Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Website

 

WEBLINK:   http://www.fws.gov/midwest/sturgeon/index.htm

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

 

OVERVIEW:  Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Web Site

As described on their website:  “site provides information and a network of links to lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) research conducted by a number of U.S. and Canadian agencies and universities in the Great Lakes Region of North America.”

CROSS-CONNECTING LESSON(S):

No curriculum or lessons, but a great cross-connect with regional research and management agencies involved with Lake Sturgeon research, restoration, and outreach activities.  Information about agencies and researchers involved, accompanied by a wealth of information and resources about lake sturgeon and lake sturgeon related projects.  In particular, worth checking out page on Lake Sturgeon Biology: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/sturgeon/biology.htm