Department of Environmental Quality - Michigan

Toxic Tag l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 10

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Students investigate aquatic food chains in the Great Lakes and how some contaminants can bioaccumulate in Great Lakes and inland lake fish through participation in a game called Toxic Tag. (This video lesson highlights activity 5 from lesson 9 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

 

Threats and Protections for Michigan’s Biodiversity l MEECS Eco Bio Video Lesson 10

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Using events from Michigan’s environmental history, students identify examples of threats to biodiversity. Students then apply knowledge of cause-and effect relationships to identify examples of historical events that threaten or offer protection to Michigan’s biodiversity. Students answer these essential questions: How is Michigan’s biodiversity threatened? What are examples of protections for biodiversity? What are examples of protections for biodiversity? (This video lesson highlights activity 2 from lesson 8 of the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit.) 

 

Reflecting on How the Land is Used l MEECS Land Use: Video Lesson 5

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Students examine short readings about individuals’ land use preferences. Students then identify the different views of the land held by different individuals. They compare and contrast these individual views of the land. (This video lesson highlights activities 2 and 3 from lesson 4 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

MEECS Water Quality l Serial Dilution: Video Lesson 5

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Students perform a serial dilution to observe that even an extremely small concentration of a contaminant can still pose a threat to human health. (This video lesson highlights activity 5 from lesson 6 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

MEECS Air Quality l Local Sources of Air Pollution: Video Lesson 6

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This lesson looks at the sources of air pollutants. Students examine the sources of air pollutants (point, mobile, area, and natural). Go outdoors with MEECS in this lesson! (This video lesson highlights activities 1 and 2 from lesson 3 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

Is That Really An Ecosystem? l MEECS Eco Bio Video Lesson 2

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Students are introduced to the levels of environmental organization (biosphere, biome, ecosystem, community, population, and organism). Students answer the essential questions: What is an ecosystem and what types of ecosystems do we have in Michigan? What larger ecosystem is Michigan a part of? (This video lesson highlights activity 6 from lesson 1 of the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit.)

 

Observing Land Use l MEECS Land Use: Video Lesson 1

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Students are introduced to air photos. They view a neighborhood from a bird’s-eye view, a photo taken from a kite, and answer the following essential questions: How was the air photo taken? What does the air photo show? (This video lesson highlights activity 2 from lesson 1 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

Where Should the Brook Trout Be Planted l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 8

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Students are introduced to the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of an ecologically healthy stream and to the procedures used by scientists and aquatic biologists for assessing the health of a stream. Students then compare four Michigan streams and select the best for planting young brook trout after evaluating bioindicators, habitat, and water quality data provided. (This video lesson highlights activity 6 from lesson 7 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

 

MEECS Air Quality l The History of Air Pollution: Video Lesson 9

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In this lesson, students create an air pollution history timeline to explore the role of regulations in influencing air quality and about important technological developments that have influenced the lives of individuals throughout history. (This video lesson highlights activity 1 from lesson 6 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

Ecosystem Services Charade Cards l MEECS Eco Bio Video Lesson 6

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People everywhere often take for granted the countless ways that ecosystems help make human life possible. Much of the work done by ecosystems is difficult to watch or see, so people often take these “secret services” for granted. Just remember, while you are eating, sleeping, working, driving, or watching TV, forests are helping to clean the air, far-away oceans are regulating the climate, and wetlands are helping to purify water, minimize storm damage, and perform flood control. In this activity, students participate in a charades-like activity to learn about some of the secret services provided by ecosystems and the species within them. (This video lesson highlights activity 2 from lesson 4 of the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit.)

 

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