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GLIN==> Great Lakes, Great Educators!


CONTACT:  Lauren Makeyenko (716) 878-3175


During the month of November, the Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education (www.greatlakesed.org) located at the foot of Porter Avenue in Buffalo, NY, will once again host a professional development series for formal and non-formal K-12 educators in Western New York.  Each workshop will feature fun activities related to the Great Lakes and aquatic ecosystems to be used in the classroom.

Paddle-to-the-Sea, to be presented on Thursday, November 2, 2000, is an imaginative geography lesson for students in grades 3-6: a small canoe carved by an Indian boy makes its long journey from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, surviving fires, storms, Niagara Falls, & passing peaceful farms & bustling cities along the way.  Participants will receive the Caldecott award-winning book, Holling C. Holling’s Paddle-to-the-Sea as well as the supplemental curriculum activities to accompany the book.  The workshop presenters are Mary Jean Syrek and Sharon Pikul.  Mary Jean is currently a Curriculum Specialist and the Elementary District Science Mentor for the City of Buffalo.  Sharon is a 5th grade teacher at the Dr. Charles Drew Science Magnet School and currently uses these activities in her classroom.

The Great Lakes: Plankton to Predators!, to be presented on Wednesday, November 8, 2000, will look at the biological community of the Great Lakes from small planktonic copepods to the largest predator - the sturgeon, that can weigh up to 300 pounds!  Hands-on classroom activities for middle school and high school will be used to introduce creatures with fins, shells and feathers.  Participants will receive Life in the Great Lakes, part of the Earth Systems - Education Activities for Great Lakes Schools produced by Ohio Sea Grant.  The workshop presenter is Helen Domske,  New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist and Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University of Buffalo.

Aquatic Project WILD, to be presented Thursday, November 29, 2000, is a fun, action-packed session providing participants with 40 activities focusing on aquatic ecosystems for grades K-12.  Activities are all in lesson plan format designed to help teach language arts, math, social studies, science, art, music, and physical education while focusing on wildlife.  Participants will receive a 242 page activity guide and other teaching materials.  Workshop presenter, Teresa Beaton-Corrigan has been a Project WILD facilitator for 8 years.  This workshop is funded by Return a Gift to Wildlife.

All workshops will take place from 4:30 - 7:30 pm.  Workshop fees range from $15 - $25 and will include all materials.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact:  Lauren Makeyenko, Education/Program Specialist at (716) 878-3175,
e-mail at info@greatlakesed.org, or write Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education,
PO Box 56, Buffalo, NY  14205-0056.