Before Your Cruise – Lesson Plan
Before you take your students on a cruise be sure that they are familiar with the geography of the lake or river that they will be visiting. If you are taking your class on one of Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) vessels, the D.J. ANGUS (berthed in Grand Haven,
You should also discuss the types of data that you will
be collecting and what the data tells you about water quality (see Manual).
To get your students thinking about the analyses they will be making, you might
ask them to hypothesize as to which body of water that they will be visiting
will have the highest value for the various tests planned and why. For
example, they might predict that the turbidity of the
Before holding such a class discussion or making an assignment you might wish to review data collected during recent cruises on the lake or river you will be visiting. If you are going on an ANGUS or JACKSON cruise, you can do that by going to GVSU’s Annis Water Resources web page (Water Data) and analyze the data online.
Before the cruise you might explain to your students that scientists not only make observations and collect data, they also record those observations and data. So while on the cruise you might ask your students to take notes as the science instructor discusses the geography, geology, and ecology of the water system. Ask your students to make observations, draw sketches, and record data in their notebooks. Immediately following the cruise, asking your students to record their reflections in their notebooks will provide insight into their thinking about their experience. Try asking them leading questions such as, "Was the cruise what you expected? How did the cruise compare to what you expected?" For some examples of notes taken by students during an ANGUS cruise and post-cruise reflections see Boat Trip.
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