Great Lakes Explorer: Biodiversity
Conduct your own biodiversity experiments, test the toxicity of Great Lakes contaminants, and travel back in time 10,000 years to go fishing in Lake Erie. With the Great Lakes Explorer CD-ROM, ecology enthusiasts and students of high-school age and up can participate in virtual environmental science expeditions. Put your investigative abilities to the test with this ultra-interactive CD as you learn about the animal life of the Great Lakes. You can examine the effects of pollution, habitat, and geography on biological diversity; test the toxicity of pesticides and heavy metals on different species; and study how environmental change impacts fish communities.
This CD-ROM is suitable for intermediate students (Grades 710). Each module is designed as a stand-alone lesson of approximately 30 minutes. Interactive student reports are incorporated into the modules. This approach combines the motivational power of CD-ROM interactivity with ease of evaluation for instructors.
A comprehensive teacher's manual is printable
from this CD. It provides background information on concepts, experimental
methods, and programming. The document also provides full descriptions
of the assignments, and the reports they generate, including marking
schemes. Suggestions for further assignments and a bibliography for
other Great Lakes resources are included.
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