Lesson Plans

Michigan Tech GlobalWatershed GK-12 program makes its field-tested lesson plans available to
school teachers and the general public for free. Check back regularly for links to new lesson plans.

Our Active Role In Healthy Ecosystems: Challenges and Solutions That Connect Climate, Sustenance, and Bodies.
(developed by Brenda Gail Bergman, Spring 2013)

Our Active Role, Unit Overview
Lesson 1. Earth's Changing Climate

Lesson 1. Earth's Changing Climate (PowerPoint)
Lesson 2. Why Do We Care
Lesson 2. Why Do We Care (PowerPoint)
Lesson 3. Mimicking Ecosystems for Sustainable Production
Lesson 3. Mimicking Ecosystems for Sustainable Production (PowerPoint)
Lesson 4. The Human Body As Ecosystems: Bacteria In Human Ecology and Health
Lesson 4. The Human Body As Ecosystems: Bacteria In Human Ecology and Health (PowerPoint)

What is Water? (developed by Valoree Gagnon, Spring 2013)

What is Water Unit Overview
Lesson 1. What is Water

Lesson 1. What is Water Handout (PowerPoint)
Lesson 1. What is Water (PowerPoint)
Lesson 2. The Quantity of Water
Lesson 2. The Quantity of Water Handout
Lesson 2. The Quantity of Water Support Material
Lesson 2. The Quantity of Water Support Material
Lesson 3. ValueS of WaterS
Lesson 3. ValueS of WaterS
Lesson 3. ValueS of WaterS
Lesson 4. Drinkable, Swimmable, and Fishable
Lesson 4. Drinkable, Swimmable, and Fishable Handout
Lesson 4. Drinkable, Swimmable, and Fishable Handout
Lesson 4. Drinkable, Swimmable, and Fishable Handout
Lesson 4. Drinkable, Swimmable, and Fishable Support
Lesson 4. Drinkable, Swimmable, and Fishable Support

Human Impacts to Water Resources Unit (developed by Andrew Kozich, Fall 2011)

Table of Lessons

Lesson 1. Introduction to wetlands

Lesson 1. Introduction to wetlands (Powerpoint)

Lesson 2. Comparison of wetlands

Lesson 2. Comparison of wetlands (Powerpoint)

Lesson 3. Exploration of an impaired stream

Lesson 3. Exploration of an impaired stream (Powerpoint)

Lesson 4. A comparison of two streams

Watershed Connections Unit (developed by Meagan Harless, Fall 2011)

Lesson 1. Scientific Inquiry

Lesson 1. Scientific Inquiry (Powerpoint)

Lesson 2. Leaf Pack Experiments

Lesson 2. Leaf Pack Experiments (Powerpoint)

Watershed Ecology Unit (developed by John “Marty” Holtgren, Fall 2011)

Lesson 1. A Changing Climate

Lesson 1. Keeling Curve and Tracking Climate Change (Powerpoint)

Lesson 2. Great Lakes Climate Change

Lesson 2. Climate Change and Your Community (Powerpoint)

Lesson 3. Species in Trouble in Our Watershed

Lesson 3. How Can Species be Protected and Restored in Your Watershed (Powerpoint)

Lesson 4. Answers Found in Owl Food

Lesson 4. Why Owl Pellets (Powerpoint)

Lesson 5. Changing Ecosystems

Lesson 5. How Are Ecosystems Organized (Powerpoint)

Lesson 6. Human Influence on Ecosystems

Lesson 6. Watershed Case Studies (Powerpoint)

Humans Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit (developed by Andrew Kozich, Spring 2012)

Lesson 1. Glaciers and the original people of the Great Lakes

Lesson 1. Glaciers and the original people of the Great Lakes (Powerpoint)

Lesson 2. Great Lakes Native American culture since European contact

Lesson 2. Great Lakes Native American culture since European contact (Powerpoint)

Lesson 3. The logging era in Michigan

Lesson 3. The logging era in Michigan (Powerpoint)

Lesson 4. Recovery of Michigan's forests

Lesson 4. Recovery of Michigan's forests (Powerpoint)

Groundwater and Biogeochemical Connections Unit (developed by Meagan Harless, Spring 2012)

Unit Overview

Lesson 1. Groundwater and Contaminants

Lesson 1. Groundwater and Contaminants (Powerpoint)

Lesson 2. Fruitvale Investigation

Lesson 3. Michigan’s Wetlands

Lesson 3. Michigan’s Wetlands (Powerpoint)

Lesson 3. Wetlands Poster Presentations

Lesson 4. Carbon Cycle Video

Designing a Scientific Investigation Unit (developed by John "Marty" Holtgren, Spring 2012)

Unit Overview

Lesson 1. Muddy Boots Biology: Species Back from the Grave?

Lesson 2. Before Fun in the Field: Plan Your Trip!

The Fossil Record Unit (developed by John "Marty" Holtgren, Spring 2012)

Unit Overview

Lesson 1. Understanding Ourselves Through Fossils

Lesson 2. Dig Michigan! Mastodons and Sea Scorpions?

Lesson 2. Dig Michigan! Mastodons and Sea Scorpions? (Powerpoint)

Earth System Science (ESS) Analysis and Model (developed by Valoree Gagnon, Spring 2012)

Unit Overview

Lesson 1. Earth System Science (ESS) Analysis: An Introduction and Model

Lesson 1. Earth System Science (ESS) Concept Map (Evaluation Handout)

Lesson 2. Earth System Science (ESS) Analysis: Introducing the ‘Event’ and More Connections

Lesson 2. Earth System Science (ESS) ‘Event’ Concept Map (Evaluation Handout)

Lesson 3. Earth System Science (ESS) Analysis: The Complete Model as CAUSE-and-EFFECT Connections

Lesson 3. Earth System Science (ESS) CAUSE-&-EFFECT Concept Map (Evaluation Handout)

Lesson 4. Earth System Science (ESS) Analysis: Investigating Events as ‘Human Impacts’

Lesson 4. Earth System Science (ESS) ‘Human Impacts’ Concept Map (Evaluation Handout)

Lesson 4. ‘Human Impacts’ Activity Handout (Student Copy)

Lesson 4. ‘Human Impacts’ Activity Handout (Teacher Copy)

Lesson 4. Earth System Science (ESS) Event Analysis (Evaluation Handout)

Lesson 5. Earth System Science (ESS) Analysis: History and Present

Lesson 5. Earth System Science (ESS) Pathfinder (Evaluation Handout)

Understanding and improving water quality in our landscape (developed by Brenda Bergman, Spring  2012)

Unit Overview

Lesson 1. Freshwater contaminants in our homeland

Lesson 2. Investigating chemicals of emerging concern

Lesson 3. Land use effects on water chemistry

Lesson 4. Managing water in the face of scarcity

 

 
 
     
   
 
 
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