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Earth Week: Watching Great Lakes Now and want learning activities to match?

Earth Week: Watching Great Lakes Now and want learning activities to match?
April 20, 2020 Sandra Svoboda

In honor of Earth Week, Great Lakes Now programs are re-airing on Detroit Public TV. All of these shows have some learning activities coordinated with them, so we thought we’d bring them to you in one place. And you’re in that place. Whether you’re interested in recreation on the lakes, “fatbergs,” water pollution or fish populations, here are the links to episodes and their coordinated lesson plans and activities you can do at home with your children:

 

Episode 1006: Waters Restored

Floating islands on the Chicago River are creating habitats for fish, turtles and birds inside the city waterway, while up north in Lake Superior, scientists are working to protect a rocky reef from legacy mining pollution. Also on this month’s Great Lakes Now program, see what happened after a fast-growing western Michigan community started running out of drinking water.

Watch the full show HERE:

Segment 1: Floating Habitats

Lesson Plans: Restoring Rivers of the Great Lakes, Great Lakes Ecosystems

Segment 2: Out of Water

Lesson Plan: The Supply and Demand of Groundwater

Segment 3: Buffalo Reef Restoration

Lesson Plans: A Freshwater Oil Spill Cleanup Simulation, Great Lakes Ecosystems, Contemporary Issues Facing the Great Lakes


Episode 1007: Waters Infected

Household waste, lead and agricultural runoff are byproducts of modern life. In this episode of Great Lakes Now, get the down-and-dirty reality of what can happen when these substances get into the region’s water systems.

Watch the full show HERE:

Segment 1: Fatbergs

Lesson Plans: Fatberg, Right Ahead!, Water Beyond the Lakes

Segment 2: Lead-Poisoned Eagle

Lesson Plan: Contemporary Issues Facing the Great Lakes

Segment 3: The Great Black Swamp

Lesson Plans: The Bloomin’ Algae Harming Lake Erie, Great Lakes Ecosystems


Episode 1008: In the Waters

Politics, economics, recreation and science are all part of the latest episode of Great Lakes Now. Go underwater in the five lakes with a group of women who dove them all in 24 hours, and learn more about the controversy about controlling water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence. Get aboard a commercial fishing boat  on Lake Huron, and meet Dr. Katfish, who wants you to know that Great Lakes fish can be fun and festive.

Watch the full show HERE:

Segment 1: Big Five Dive

Lesson Plan: Travel and Leisure on the Great Lakes

Segment 2: Net Income

Lesson Plan: Economic Significance of the Great Lakes

Segment 3: Lake Ontario Shoreline Flooding

Lesson Plans: Dear Great Lakes, Lake Levels Over the Years

Segment 4: #25DaysofFishmas

Lesson Plan: Fish Population Dynamics


Episode 1009: Finding Impacts

On this episode of Great Lakes Now, search for a meteorite on the bottom of Lake Michigan. Learn how a little striped fish might help us understand the health impacts of industrial chemicals on people, and see how a Milwaukee community is UN-developing a river to improve the environment and water quality.

Watch the full show HERE:

Segment 2: PFAS and Zebrafish

Lesson Plan: Contemporary Issues Facing the Great Lakes

Segment 3: Kinnickinnic River Restoration

Lesson Plan: Restoring Rivers of the Great Lakes


Episode 1010: Sand, Sinkholes and Science

Travel with Great Lakes Now to the remote Canadian research station where scientists are working to understand – and protect – freshwater. Go deep into Lake Huron to see mysterious sinkholes, and watch as some homeowners try to save their Lake Michigan coastal homes while the waters wash away the beaches below them.

Watch the full show HERE:

Segment 1: Vanishing Shorelines

Lesson Plans: Dear Great Lakes, Lake Levels Over the Years

Segment 3: Polluting with Purpose

Lesson Plans: A Freshwater Oil Spill Cleanup, Contemporary Issues Facing the Great Lakes

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