This brief lesson plan involves learning about
Glacial Lake Agassiz by reading an essay and completing a
worksheet. It is appropriate for students in the intermediate grades
Students will acquire knowledge about Glacial Lake Agassiz.
Lesson Introduction: Ask how many students have heard of Lake
Agassiz. Then ask them to tell you what they know about it. List
students pre-knowledge on the board and then explain that students
will work in pairs and answer questions about Lake Agassiz based on
information in the essay,
"Lake Agassiz: The Ultimate Fishing Spot?"
They may also want to look at various additional Internet sites
provided in the online essay as they answer questions and record their answers on a
Procedure: Assign partners or place students in groups of four.
outline map of the U.S.A. and Canada. Having computer assess for
each pair or group is preferable, but projecting the
map of Lake Agassiz on a screen or SmartBoard will work.
Closure: When students have completed the worksheet, check their
work to be sure their answers are correct. Then have them compare
their answers to the preconceptions you have listed on the board.
Posted by Edmund Sass, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus of Education
College of Saint Benedict/Saint Johns
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