The Alliance for the Great Lakes is happy to announce H.O.M.E.School, a new series of online lessons about the Great Lakes for kids in grades K-8.

Each lesson explores a different topic with a quick video from our education manager Katie Larson. After the “classroom” portion, students can apply their knowledge with a fun, hands-on activity they can do at home. For educators and those who want to learn more, we offer resources to dig in deeper on the topic with links to other lessons and activities.

Topics include maps, the water cycle, habitats, food webs, boats, plastic pollution, and more.

Want to get started right away? Your kids can watch the video below to meet Katie and learn a fun trick for remembering the names of the Great Lakes. Then they can test their knowledge with a fun online activity!

My colleagues and I have been thrilled to use H.O.M.E.School as our online science unit for first- and second-grade students throughout the coronavirus quarantine. The lesson plans are flexible, well-paced, and cohesively connected from week to week. A good variety of optional follow-up activities are always included so that parents can extend the learning as their schedules allow. Best of all, the lessons are fun and launch student exploration of concrete, real-world issues. –Chris Weber, teacher