The Great Lakes are our H.O.M.E.S. They’re also the HOMES of many plants and animals. The places we enjoy visiting – like beaches, dunes, forests and wetlands – are home to fish, birds, insects, plants and other creatures. This week, your kids will be learning about Great Lakes creatures and making a diorama of a Great Lakes habitat!

Time/Materials

This activity will take between one and two hours. 

You’ll need:

  • Computer
  • Cardboard box
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • crayons/markers
  • Other art supplies
  • Optional: printer

Ready? Head to the Classroom!

Watch the video below to learn about Great Lakes animals and habitats.

Share the Learning

Discuss with your kid(s): Which Great Lakes habitats have you visited or seen photos of? What types of plants and animals live there? Why do you think they live there (e.g. habitat, food)? 

Activity

Print out a creature card, or draw a native Great Lakes species, and make a diorama. Check out our example!

Extra Credit

Parents: Share your kid’s Great Lakes habitat diorama on social media! And if you tag the Alliance for the Great Lakes, we might share it, too.

Deep Dive

Want to learn more? Check out these resources!

Find more Great Lakes lessons at H.O.M.E.School.