Facts About the Great Lakes is short research project that results in a polished final product. Kids collect information and record on specially designed sheets to create their own infographics. Individual pages can be bound into a booklet or displayed. The project works well with collaborative groups or for independent research. Take a look at the entire product in PREVIEW above.
This set of activities engages students in searching the Internet, locating information in tables and maps, and organizing data in their own booklets and graphs. In addition to learning about the Great Lakes, your students will “conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic” (W.3.7, W.4.7, W.5.7) and “interpret information presented visually or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, … or interactive elements on Web pages)” (RI.3.7, RI.4.7, RI.5.7).
For a quicker, safe search, have your students use this linked page
, which will connect them to information from the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN). The clickable page is part of the free website, GreatLakesforKids.com
. It’s packed with links to videos, games, and activities.
• For the Teacher – ideas for use
• Facts About the Great Lakes cover sheet (for bound booklet)
• Lake Huron infographic template
• Lake Ontario infographic template
• Lake Michigan infographic template
• Lake Erie infographic template
• Lake Ontario infographic template
• Great Lakes map – lakes, states, and many cities labeled
• Great Lakes map – blank
• Physical Features of the Great Lakes – table created by the EPA (public domain) that includes facts for quick look-up
• And the Winner Is… - sheet for comparing the Great Lakes
• Depths of the Great Lakes – inverted bar graph creates a cross-section representation of the depths
• Volumes of the Great Lakes – bar graph
Just Added! This product now includes answer keys for all pages and graphs.
Are you looking for a complete, multidisciplinary unit? Check out this complete Great Lakes unit
. It was designed for the way you teach today. The unit pairs with the website, providing teacher notes and directions, activities and experiments, student sheets and booklets, study guides, assessments, and answer keys.
The comprehensive two-week unit includes everything you’ll need for geography, science, reading, and language arts related to the Great Lakes. Purchase the bundle
at a reduced price, or pick and choose from these parts:
• Great Lakes Geography - A scavenger hunt, study guide, and practice sheet help students learn to locate five Great Lakes, nine states and provinces, and six major cities of the Great Lakes. A quiz, answer key, and spelling resources are also included.
• Great Lakes Geology – Students explore the history of earth, how the Great Lakes were formed, core sampling, and fossils. The unit includes two hands-on science activities, two sets of questions, a study guide, quiz, and answer key.
• Great Lakes Hydrology – Kids play with water to discover its properties. Then they learn about the water cycle, water movement in the lakes, differences between salty and fresh water, and eutrophication. Five science activities support content for this portion of the unit. A study guide, quiz, and answer key are also provided.
• Great Lakes Species Flip Booklet – Students research one Great Lakes organism and organize information in a colorful flip booklet.
• Paddle-to-the-Sea Resources – Students use a foldable booklet to summarize each chapter of this beautiful book. They also locate figurative language and analyze multimedia elements found within.
My blog, Enjoy Teaching
, offers ideas, links to games and videos, and freebies. Check out my July 17, 2016, post on the Great Lakes. Visit each week for a new topic with activities for students in third, fourth, and fifth grades.
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Enjoy teaching the Great Lakes!