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Lake Erie Literacy Principles and Concepts: an understanding of Lake Erie’s influence on you and your influence on the freshwater lake.
Lake Erie Literacy Lessons written for Kidsville News are found below.

Ohio Coastal Kids

Learning About Lake Erie

Lake Erie Literacy Lessons are featured in Kidsville News:
For 2.5 years, this free monthly newspaper featured a full-page story teaching the Lake Erie Literacy Principles and Concepts. As of August 2012, the newspaper is no longer published.

However, the stories that were featured in the paper are below. Each Lake Erie Lessons is written as a conversation between with Truman the Kidsville News Dragon.

In March 2011, the series received the Publisher's Award for Best Article or Series of Articles showing a Kidsville News publication promoting local educational content enrichment. (read press release)

Lighthouses Beacon to Navigation History

More Sources for August 2012

U.S. Coast Guard Historic Light Station Information for Ohio - www.uscg.mil/history/weblighthouses/LHOH.as

Ohio’s Lighthouses on Lake Erie (west to east)
Turtle Island Light
Toledo Harbor Light
West Sister Island Light
Port Clinton Lighthouse
Green Island Light
South Bass Island Lighthouse
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
Sandusky Harbor Breakwater Lighthouse
Cedar Point Lighthouse
Huron Harbor West Pier
Vermilion Lighthouse
Lorain Lighthouse
Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse
Cleveland Harbor East Pierhead Lighthouse
Cleveland East Entrance Lighthouse
Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse
Fairport Harbor Lighthouse
Ashtabula Lighthouse
Conneaut West Breakwater Lighthouse

Ohio Lighthouse Poster Series:
Download all posters - low resolution = 12,593 KB

U.S. Coast Guard history

Lighthouse Preservation Society

The United States Lighthouse Society www.uslhs.org/resources_lenses.php

American Lighthouse Foundation

Lighthouse Friends

Lake Erie Ties to the War of 1812

More Sources for July 2012

June 2012- A blast at the beach Beach Blast - More sources for June 2012:
Safety tips about Rip Currents www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/tips.shtml

Ohio State Parks SwimSafe http://ohiodnr.com/tabid/505/default.aspx

Online games for rainy days:

Printables for the car ride to the beach:
May 2012 - Water, Water, Everywhere!
Water, Water Everywhere -
More sourcs for
May 2012

or type in “save water tips” in a search engine.

APril 2012 Lake Erie Literacy Lesson

More sources for April 2012:

Ohio DNR Wildlife Amphibian Guide PDF www.dnr.state.oh.us/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=iOibR9pRC84%3d&tabid=6632 (see individual webpages for frogs found in Ohio below)

National Wildlife Federation - www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Be-Out-There/Activities/Observe-and-Explore/Frog-Fun.aspx  


March 2012 Lake Erie Literacy Lesson More sources for March 2012:

February 2012: Lesson 23: Lake Erie Literacy 101: 20 Questions about the basics of the Great Lakes February 2012: 
Take the Lake Erie 101 quiz
January 2012: Structures along the shore Kidsville News December 2011 The Good and Bad of Being Green - Part 2: Kidsville News November 2011
October 2011: The Good and Bad of Being Green - (Part 1 in a series that looks at the issue of excessive algal growth in Lake Erie) KN: September 2011: Back to school & back in time to Lake Erie’s formation August 2011 – Lesson 17: Summertime Adventures Around Lake Erie

October 2011 vocabulary words for lesson 19:
The Good and Bad of Being Green
(part 1)

  • Biological means of, relating to, caused by, or affecting life or living organisms
  • Carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through use of fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal for which are used for electricity, heating, transportation etc.
  • Compost pile is a heap of manure and vegetation and other organic residues that are decaying to become compost – a mixture of decaying organic matter, as from leaves and manure, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients.
  • Eutrophication is the process by which a body of water becomes enriched in dissolved nutrients (as phosphates) that stimulate the growth of aquatic plant life usually resulting in the depletion of dissolved oxygen. See Lake Erie Literacy Princple 6 F. http://www.ohiodnr.com/tabid/9320/Default.aspx
  • Herbicides are substance that is toxic to plants and used to destroy or inhibit unwanted plant growth.
  • Microscopic things are very small or fine, invisible or indistinguishable without the use of a microscope.
  • Pesticides are substances or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. Pesticides are a chemical that is used to kill animals or insects that damage plants or crops.
  • Phosphorus is a nonmetallic element that of the nitrogen family that occurs commonly in inorganic phosphate rocks and as organic phosphates in all living cells. It occurs widely especially as phosphates. Phosphorus is An essential element in the diet and a major component of bone. Phosphorus is also found in the blood, muscles, nerves, and teeth. It is a component of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary energy source in the body.

July 2011 Kidsville News - June 2011 Kidsville News - Swim Safe and be aware of Rip Currents on Lake ErieMay 2011 Kidsville News Lesson

KN March 2011 - Salamander Sightings: a Sign of Spring and a Healthy EnvironmentKN February 2011 - Maps Help Us Understand our Wonderful Resources

KN January 2011 - Goal - Everyday Outdoor Exploration KN December 2010 - Lake Erie supports a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.KN November 2010 - Lake Erie supports a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.

KN October 2010 - Lake Erie influences local and regional weather and climateKN August/September 2010 - Lake Erie is socially, economically and environmentally significantKidsville News of Northern Ohio - June 2010 Lake Erie Literacy Lesson: Lake Erie Supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

Kidsville News May 2010 - Lake Erie Literacy - Kidsville News: Lake Erie Literacy April 2010: Earth Day and Lake Erie Restoration Kidsville News: Lake Erie Literacy March 2010: WHAT IS IT LIKE TO PROTECT A GREAT LAKE?

Kid's Learning Pages

Join "Ecofinley" the fish and learning how to "Keep the sea free of debris!" on these NOAA Marine Debris ProgramWebpages.

Lake Erie Legacy Videos on WGTE
 - Ohio Multimedia Page 

Lake Erie Scavenger Hunt Poster Series