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How the Great Lakes System Affects Our Economy (ON)

Subject Area: Geography

Link to Ontario Geography Curriculum:
  • Describe a variety of ways in which people use and manage renewable, nonrenewable, and flow resources to meet their needs.
  • Identify patterns in the distribution and use of natural resources throughout the world.
  • Describe the economic importance of natural resources to a particular country.
  • Communicate the results of inquiries for specific purposes and audiences using oral presentations, written notes, and descriptions.
Brief Overview of the Lesson:

The students will read a variety of articles about the Great Lakes and how it affects our economy. Then they will meet in groups and brainstorm what they learned about the kinds of jobs that result from the cargo and people traffic on the lakes. Each group will make a mind map depicting how the Great Lakes provide employment and wealth to the region. Each group will present their maps to the class next period.

Estimated Time Required for Implementation:

Two class periods

Materials Needed:

Computers, chart paper and markers

Suggested Implementation Strategy:
Options for Consideration:
  • It will require more time, but the teacher may want to let the students do their own web searches, instead of giving the groups the research websites.
Extended Learning Opportunities: