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Instructional Materials from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Great Lakes Now in Open Space

Author // Matt Yauk Monday, 20 December 2021

57 new lesson plans and resources from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Great Lakes Now have been added to Open Space.

The instructional materials from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo feature lesson plans about animals that can be found in regional zoos, genetics and adaptability, and a collection of animal facts and media. This content is a great fit for elementary and middle school classrooms’ exploration of Life Science. The lesson plans are in PDF format which can be easily saved or printed and many are aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards.

Great Lakes Now instructional materials feature media-rich lesson plans about the ecology of the Great Lakes and can serve as nice supplements for Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Geography subjects. The lessons feature a number of interactive or hands-on activities for students to explore topics such as the physical features of the Great Lakes, the interconnectedness of the water system, and the geology and formation of the Great Lakes. The lessons from two collections - “An Exploration of the Great Lakes” and “An Exploration of Threats to the Great Lakes” - can be taught individually or sequenced together as a larger unit on the Great Lakes.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo logo and Great Lakes Now logo

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Open Space, a curriculum creation and collaboration tool, powered by INFOhio, empowers educators to create and share resources that promote innovative and collaborative learning. Instructional materials added to Open Space go through an evaluation process using a quality rubric. In addition to finding quality instructional materials, Open Space users can view and rate resources and also share content to Google Classroom. 

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About the Author

Posted by: Matt Yauk

Matt Yauk is a Senior Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. He is a certified educator who has worked as a Business and Technology teacher in the middle and high school settings and as an educational technologist, instructional designer, and academic technology director for The Ohio State University (OSU). He has a B.S. in Education: Technical Education and Training from OSU, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Design and Technology from University of Cincinnati, founded the Learner Engagement Division within the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Distance Education (4th edition) called "Trends and Directions in Continuing Professional Development." The positive impact on student learning and educator development has always been his primary focus.

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