Summer 2007

Education News

Great Lakes Make the Classroom Greater

Teachers gearing up for another school year have a new resource for working Great Lakes themes into their lesson plans. The Greatest of the Great Lakes is a CD-ROM of 41 multidisciplinary activities for grades 4-10 that bridge science with math, geography, environmental studies, and language arts. Funded through COSEE Great Lakes (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence), this collection offers insight into current Great Lakes concerns, as well as potential solutions.

“These Great Lakes activities have been in existence for some time but haven’t been discovered by many educators,” said Rosanne Fortner, COSEE project leader and professor emeritus at the Ohio State University. “We chose activities that have been used in classrooms successfully over the years and that address COSEE science goals.”

The collection is designed to enhance a number of learning skills, including inquiry, data interpretation, hypothesis development, and decision making. Activities chosen for this collection have been aligned by classroom teachers to state and national science and Earth system standards.

Seven of the activities are available for download through the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program at If you would like to order the Greatest of the Great Lakes, send your request and a $15 check payable to the University of Illinois to Susan White, 388 NSRC, 1101 W. Peabody Dr., Urbana, IL 61801.

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