Distance Learning

Water Those? Aquatic Invasive Species at Sleeping Bear

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
State Standards:
Next Generation Science Standards:2-LS4-3, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS3-2, 4-LS1-1, 3-LS4.D, 4 ESS2.E, 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2.A


Can’t make it to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore? We’ve got you covered with our new distance learning programs! The Water Those? program will introduce your students to aquatic invasive species, how they impact our ecosystems, and what we can do to help. Complete a pre-visit lesson with your students, get a virtual visit from a ranger, and wrap things up with a post-visit lesson. Please contact us at e-mail us and tell us you’d like to schedule a Water Those? distance learning program, and give us a preferred date for a test call and the virtual ranger visit.

After completing these lessons, students will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between native, non-native, and invasive species
  • Name and visually recognize the invasive species from the Michigan Sea Grant card game.
  • Explain how these aquatic invasive species arrived in the Great Lakes.
  • Analyze several impacts on the ecosystem
  • name the elements of the NPS arrowhead and describe what they represent
  • list the elements of an ecosystem
  • define “decomposer,” “producer,” and “consumer” and explain which category their critter falls into
  • List at least one example of a decomposer, producer, and consumer in Lake Michigan
  • demonstrate understanding of food webs by playing a web of life game
  • Persuade people to take action on preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species or to learn more about how they impact natural communities
  • Provide specific examples of how aquatic invasive species impact natural communities at Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • List ways people can take action
  • Identify why taking action is critical to the protection of Sleeping Bear’s natural communities and visitor enjoyment of the area

Pre-visit lesson (1-2 hours), virtual ranger program (1 hour), post-visit lesson (1 hour)


Required Equipment
In order to participate in a distance learning program, you will need the following:

  • a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet with internet
  • a phone to receive the audio connection with the ranger
  • a projector or screen for classroom to view the program
  • basic school supplies for pre-visit, post-visit, and virtual ranger program such as paper, pencils, markers, etc.


Download Preprogram Lesson

Download Creature Feature Worksheet

Download Unwanted Poster Template

Download Web of Life Answer Key

Download Critter Cards

Download Postprogram Lesson

Download Postprogram Rubric

Last updated: March 26, 2019