Michigan Learning Channel

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Explore Threats to the Great Lakes

How do manmade and naturally occurring conditions threaten the Great Lakes?


Great Lakes Learning

Help your K-3rd graders understand the Great Lakes – all at home.


Great Lakes Now Virtual Field Trips

Deep dive into lake sturgeon without leaving your living room.





Great Lakes Now wants to help your students explore the Great Lakes.

That’s why we’ve designed a collection of lesson plans that engage students with the science and study of the Great Lakes. Designed for middle school classrooms, these lessons will help students to become familiar with geologic, geographic, and environmental concepts about the Great Lakes, as well as provide them the opportunity to evaluate contemporary issues facing the lakes.

The collection is divided into two sets, the first of which addresses the structure, function and formation of the Great Lakes and the second of which focuses on the threats to the ecosystems from pollution, invasive species and climate change. Each lesson includes a student-centered learning framework and activities to help students experience, participate, and connect with the learning. Plus there’s a “virtual field trip” with videos exploring coastal wetlands.

Collection 1

Virtual Field Trips

Collection 2

PBS Learning Media

Collection 3

Michigan Learning Channel

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