This week, students will learn how the Great Lakes and the land around them – called the Great Lakes watershed or basin – are connected. What we do on the land often ends up in our water. We can each do our part to protect the Great Lakes from pollution. For our final H.O.M.E.School video we’re focusing on plastic pollution with a visit from another Alliance staff member.

Time/Materials

This activity will take between 30 minutes and an hour.

You’ll need:

  • Computer

Ready? Head to the Classroom!

Watch the video below to learn about plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. 

Share the Learning

Ask your kids: What do you like best about the Great Lakes? What are some problems that the lake and beaches, and the fish and birds that live around the Great Lakes face? Have you seen pollution on the ground, at the beach, or in the water? What ideas do you have for protecting the Great Lakes and the HOMES of so many fantastic fish and birds?

Activity

Take our Plastic Pollution Quiz to test your knowledge on just how long it takes some of the litter found on our beaches to break down!

Extra Credit

Watch Nate Drag create the Great Blue Heron he showed in his video. Then make a Great Lakes creature out of plastic litter. Take a photo or video of your creation, and share it on social media. Tag us and we may share it with others!

Deep Dive

Want to learn more? Check out these resources!

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