Although the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative projects focus greatly on the process of students completing hands on projects, sometimes it is necessary to teach lessons on background information at various points throughout the process. The websites below provide curriculum resources and lesson plans for those occasions. You'll notice that some of these resources require attending a workshop to attain them. If interested in one of these, feel free to contact us about funding and logistics.
- The Education and Curriculum Homesite: Sponsored by the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust, this website resource is full of mini-lessons on Great Lakes topics such as environment, history and culture, geography, pollution, and careers and business.
- Fisheries Learning on the Web (FLOW): Sponsored by Michigan Sea Grant, FLOW is a comprehensive curriculum about the Great Lakes ecosystem with three core units: Food Webs, Water, and Fish. Geared toward upper elementary and middle school educators, it provides standards-based lessons with hands-on activities.
- Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS): This resource was created by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and provides curriculum for five different units (Land Use, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Water Quality, Energy Resources, and Air Quality). Accquiring these resources requires attending a 4-6 hour training workshop.
- Ohio Sea Grant Education Publications: A list of all education/curriculum publications that have been created by Ohio Sea Grant. Of particular note would be the one titled 'Great Lakes Instructional Material for a Changing Earth System.' It provides numerous resources and lessons on Great Lakes and freshwater systems and issues.
- Project WET: This organization provides a whole slew of curriculum guides and lesson plans all centered around water. They do require you to attend a workshop before you have access to the materials, but for projects centered around water, Project WET would be a great resource. As mentioned above, contact us if you're interested and we can help with the logistics.
- Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic: This is another environmental education organization similar to Project WET, and requiring attendance at a workshop to access their resources. Project WILD focuses on linking students with wildlife through education, but also has an entire curriculum guide focused on aquatic ecosystems.
- Teaching with Great Lakes Data: Sponsored by Michigan Sea Grant, EMU, GLOS, and COSEE, this website provides not only raw data about the Great Lakes but also teaching methods, lessons, and activities to make the most of using data in your classroom. A great way to incorporate the Great Lakes into your lessons, or to teach with data collected as a part of your GLSI project!
This page last updated on 7/18/2011.