Teach students about the incredible lakes in their own backyard. Our K-12 educational resources teach core science concepts, improve critical thinking skills, and connect students to their community and their environment.

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The Great Lakes in My World curricula provides indoor and outdoor activities you can integrate into your classroom. The curricula includes free lesson plans, assessment rubrics, and student journal pages.

Featured Lesson Plans & Other Resources

  • Our Adopt-a-Beach program offers a service learning, citizen science opportunity at your students’ local beach or shoreline.
  • Creature Cards: A printable set of illustrated, educational cards featuring 66 Great Lakes plants and animals. Download printable Creature Cards here. Printing instructions: 1) Select double-sided print, 2) Select “Flip on short edge,” 3) Under page sizing, select “Fit” (rather than “Actual Size”).

Great Lakes in My World activities align with Next Generation Science and Common Core standards. K-8 activities also address state standards in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. See standards alignment.

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Do you want help getting started? Do you have feedback to share? Email us at alliance@greatlakes.org about bringing Great Lakes education into your classroom.

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