Lesson Plans and Activities

Great Lakes Place-Based Education Resources

Wisconsin Sea Grant has developed several place-based lesson plans, including one that has students imagine they are piloting the Edmund Fitzgerald and could re-decide the tragic fate of that Lake Superior shipwreck, Lake Superior watershed-based games that use mobile devices and two Google Lit trips.

Water-Themed Lesson Plans

Interdisciplinary lesson plans geared toward youth ages 3 through 9 are offered through the Wisconsin Water Library. 

ROVe Kit

Check out this kit to explore engineering principles by using a real-live remotely operated vehicle. It is designed for middle-school youth. 

STEM Kits 

STEM kits are available for check-out through the Wisconsin Water Library. Each focuses on a water theme and includes suggested activities and books. These are geared to Pre-K-4th graders. 

Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Teaching Tool

A self-contained teaching tool--an Attack Pack--can be reserved at no cost through the Wisconsin Water Library. The kit is designed for middle-school-aged youth to explore non-native species. It includes samples of some of the species, curriculum and tips on preventing the spread of these species. 

Great Lakes Education Resources

These lessons and resources were developed by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and have all been tested by teachers in their classrooms. Organized around the eight Great Lakes Literacy Principles, many of them are easily adaptable for use in both formal and informal education settings. 

Marine Education Resources

The Bridge provides "an ocean of teacher-approved marine education resources," including lesson plans and other resources, professional development listings and access to ocean science research and data. The Bridge is supported by NOAA and the National Marine Educators Association.