The Great Lakes

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Introduce the Great Lakes with our The Great Lakes Lesson Plan, which provides students with interactive practice to identify and learn some facts about the Great Lakes.  Develop concept imagery as students engage in the map coloring activity and encourage idea sharing as students share an activity they would like to do if visiting the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Informational Content Pages about The Great Lakes.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on determining the Great Lakes and locating them on a map.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce the Great Lakes with our The Great Lakes Lesson Plan, which provides students with interactive practice to identify and learn some facts about the Great Lakes.  Develop concept imagery as students engage in the map coloring activity and encourage idea sharing as students share an activity they would like to do if visiting the Great Lakes.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students: What is the difference between an ocean and a lake? What is so great about a lake?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. List some of their responses for display.
  3. Distribute The Great Lakes content pages. Read and review the information. Point out the HOMES pneumonic device to remember the lake names.
  4. Use additional resources to increase exposure to the lakes and to enhance learning.
  5. Distribute the Activity page. Review the instructions. Allow students to use the map on the content page to complete the activity. They will use their colored pencils to shade in the lakes and states.
  6. Check and review the students’ completed work.
  7. Distribute the Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students what they would do for an activity if they had a chance to visit the Great Lakes.
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Social Studies