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Thank you for being a big part of this community. To better support the initiatives around open educational resources in the state of Michigan, all resources on the Michigan Virtual Learning Object Repository (LOR) are being moved to #GoOpen Michigan (link is external) on September 30th, 2018. During the transition, our LOR will be moved to an archived state, not allowing new user registration or new content to be added. An email with more details was sent to registered users of the LOR in September. To make use of the great resources on the platform, we encourage you to create an account and add your own new resources to the #GoOpen Michigan platform (link is external).

Earth and Space Science

A look into the Biome the Desert, one part of a larger lesson covering all the Biomes.  Looking specifically at the plants, animals and climate in different deserts around the world.

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Students will examine various types of weathering and erosion, as well as take a closer look at the rock cycle. As a result of the lessons students will be able to identify various types of chemical and mechanical weathering, and discover the effects that occur with each type of weathering and erosion.

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Students will be focusing on two chapters (six sections) pertaining to "Oceans." Everything from Ocean Composition and Waves and Tides, to Life in the Ocean and Ocean Pollution. Learning will be interactive with online, as well as, small group instruction.

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This unit revolves around 6 short leveled readings about weather and is intended for middle school MICI students. The readings are from the Unique curriculum, which is used by my school.

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Students wrap up their Watery Earth unit of science study by learning about Earth Day, demonstrating their knowledge of water as a natural resource, and thinking differently about one of their favorite books, The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.

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he Weather Unit guides children through a yearlong study of weather. Children observe, measure, describe, and record aspects of weather such as temperature, air, wind, and clouds; practice using tools to measure weather; and look for weather patterns. The unit provides a number of experiences that offer children a connection with the weather in their environment.

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This presentation is in Google sheets form and allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of clouds.  

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As a society, we use land in many different ways. The way we use land has a tremendous impact on how water flows over and through land as it makes it way to streams, rivers, and the Great Lakes. When rainwater falls on land, it gradually makes its way downhill. In developed areas, including both farms and urban areas, there is much less vegetation to slow the water down.

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Rivers are incredibly important to our society and our environment, but we haven’t always treated our rivers as well as we should. By using pictures taken from satellites orbiting the earth, we can examine rivers all over Michigan and try to identify those rivers that appear to have higher water quality and those that appear to have lower quality.

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As rain falls all over Michigan, the water gathers in small local watersheds, which feed into larger regional watersheds, which ultimately feed into the Great Lakes. Water that falls on the land in Michigan eventually flows into one of the Great Lakes because the elevation of the Great Lakes is generally lower than the elevation of the land in Michigan.

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