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May 17, 2018
Green Film: Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?
2018 Green Film Series presents: Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? (2017) Date &Time: 7:00-8:30 pm, Thursday ... >>more
May 11, 2018
LSSI looking for new funding to continue educating students
HOUGHTON Ten years after opening its doors, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) has reached about a third ... >>more
May 9, 2018
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Celebrates 10 Years
A Keweenaw Peninsula environmental outreach program is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this week. K-12 students are ... >>more


Educational Resources

Community & Place-Based Education

K-12 Water Education Resources

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Curriculum/Activity Guides

Acid Rain Teacher's Guide by Lawrence Hall Science (LHS) Gems
Covers acids, bases, pH, ecosystems, and the effects of acid rain
Grades 6-10

Children's Groundwater Festival Outreach Packet
A packet of teacher materials, lesson plans, student worksheets and resources for
conducting water festivals
Grades 1-6

Classroom GEMS (Groundwater Education in Michigan Schools) - Elementary
Activities and resources for groundwater education
Grades K-6

Engineering is Elementary - Water Filtration
Grades 1-6

Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring by William Stapp
Describes student data collection and analysis of nine water quality parameters;
sources of water pollution; how to solve water quality problems.
Grades 7-12

Groundwater Education in Michigan Schools (GEMS)
23 activity lesson plans, teacher background & student worksheets for water/groundwater
Grades K-6

Hands-On Nature by Jenepher Lingelbach, Vermont Institute of Science
Information and activities for exploring the ponds, streams, and other outdoor
environments with children
Grades K-6

Lake Effects: The Lake Superior Guide by the Lake Superior Center
Background information and activities about Lake Superior
Grades K-12

Making Waves
A detailed "how-to" & useful tips for putting on a water festival
Grades K-12

Making A Bigger Splash
A collection of Water Education and Festival Activities
Grades K-6

Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Unit Support- Water Quality
9 lessons, video, CD, maps, posters, aerial photos.
Grades 6-8

Michigan WISE (Waste Information Series for Education)
Background information, and activities/lessons in units organized
for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12
Grades K-12

Pond and Stream Safari: A Guide to the Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates
Excellent resource and activities for pond and stream studies
Grades 6-12

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
Activities to teach about all aspects of water through science, math,
language arts, art, & music
Grades K-10

Project WILD-Aquatic
Curriculum/activity guide that teaches about wildlife & water
Grades K-12

River Cutters Teacher's Guide by LHS GEMS
Information and activities on erosion, geologic events, pollution, and human
effects on the environment
Grades 6-9

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Biology by Rivers Curriculum Project (RCP)
Explores the diversity of plant and animal life along rivers; uses benthic macroinvertebrates as the primary indicator of a river's health)
Grades 9-12

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Chemistry by RCP
Describes the nine water-quality tests used to assess stream health; links
water-quality test procedures to basic chemical principles students study in class
Grades 9-12

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Earth Science by RCP
Provides information and activities on how to use the physical features of a river to
discern important clues about a river's geological development)
Grades 9-12

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Geography by RCP
Describes how the Earth's surface is occupied and organized using the five themes
of geography: location, place, movement, regions, and human-environment interactions
Grades 9-12

Science Book of Water by Neil Ardley
Contains variety of water experiments
Grades K-3

Streamkeeper's Field Guide
Watershed inventory & stream monitoring methods
Grades 7-12

Water Precious Water by AIMS Activities
Collection of elementary water activities
Grades 2-6

Watershed Science for Educators by Cornell Extension
"How to" for designing a stream investigation including: selecting stations, using aerial
photos and topographic maps to delineate the watershed, collect and interpret data from
chemical, biological and physical stream assessments.
Grades 7-12

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
Activities to teach about all aspects of wetlands
Grades K-10

Children's Trade Books

Come Back, Salmon by Molly Cone
How a group of dedicated kids adopted Pidgeon Creek and brought it back to life
Grades 1-6

A Drop of Water by Walter Wick
Spectacular photos, simple text about evaporation, condensation, capillary attraction and surface tension
Grades 6-12

Flush: Treating Wastewater by Karen Mueller Coombs
A history of waste Disposal, water treatment operations, lots of pictures, good examples
Grades 6-9

Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean by Author Dorros
Explores water's journey, how it shapes the earth, and why
it is important to keep it clean
Grades K-4

Henry Goes Underground by Patricia Chilton-Stringham
Understanding groundwater
Grades K-3

Lake Superior by Ann Armbruster 
History of Lake Superior
Grades 2-5

Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen
Discusses the destruction of homes to create a reservoir for a large city
Grades K-4

The Magic School Bus: At the Waterworks : Water treatment by Joanna Cole
Grades K -4

The Magic School Bus: Wet All Over by Joanna Cole
Grades K-4

Marshes & Swamps by Gail Gibbons 
Information on marshes swamps and their importance to nature
Grades K-4

McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss
A child patiently waits to catch a fish despite all of the
reasons why fish might not be there...
Grades K-3

A New True Book: Water Pollution by Darlene R. Stille 
How we use water and how pollution affects lakes and oceans
Grades 4-6

A New True Book: Wetlands by Emilie U. Lepthien and Joan Kalbacken
Defines different types of wetlands, where they're found, wildlife uses, pollution, and laws
Grades 4-6

Oil Spill! by Melvin Berger
Discusses how oil spills occur, how they are cleaned up, and how they can be prevented; specifically the Exxon-Valdez spill
Grades K-4

One Small Square: Pond by Donald M. Silver
Visiting a pond from a child's perspective
Grades K-4

Paddle-To-The-Sea by Holling C. Holling
A toy wooden canoe's journey from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean
Grades K-4

Peter's Place by Sally Grindley
Peter tries to help animals in an oil spill
Grades K-3

The Rainstick: A Fable by Sandra Chisholm Robinson
A fable about a West African boy's quest for rain; includes instructions
for making rain sticks
Grades 2-6

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
Describes a salamander's habitat in a fun way
A fun, colorful beginning book about water
Grades Pre-4

Water by Francois Michel
An amazing pop-up, pull-tab, lift-the-flap guide to all aspects Water--groundwater,
streams, floods, drinking water, and more
Grades K-6

Water Dance by Thomas Locker
Poems and Pictures about water
Grades K-4

Where the River Begins by Thomas Locker
Two boys follow a river to its beginning
Grades K-4

Science Supplies & Equipment

Sampling Kit for Streams, Ponds and Wetlands
Contains nets, magnifiers, tubs and other items for collecting
and identifying aquatic organisms
Grades K-10

Dripial Pursuit
Patterned after "Trivial Pursuit" using water-related words
Grades 6-12

Stencils for Storm Drain Stenciling
Grades 6-12

2 x 2 ft tabletop model that demonstrates non-point sources of pollution:
sediment, fertilizers, road salt, used motor oil, etc.
All ages

Groundwater Flow Model
Tabletop model of where groundwater is found; shows how groundwater can be
polluted by landfills, underground storage tanks, and other sources using dye;
illustrates connection between surface and groundwater
All ages

"Investigating Groundwater: The Fruitvale Experience"
A hands-on classroom activity that demonstrates the effects of groundwater
contamination; students test 40 samples of "well water" & map a groundwater
contamination plume
Grades 7-10

Puddle Pictures
Patterned after "Pictionary" using water-related words
Grades 1-5

Stream Ecology Leaf Pack Experiment Kit by lame Company
Contains materials to conduct a variety of experiments on the role of leaves in
streams, and how to assess habitat and water quality for stream macroinvertebrates
Grades 6-12

Stream Macroinvertebrate Flashcards
Set of 18 laminated color illustrations of major stream/pond macroinvertebrates
Grades 6-12

Waste Hierarchy: Where Is Away?"
Hands-on classroom activities address the four levels of waste treatment practices:
landfills, incineration, reuse/recycle, and source reduction
Grades 7-12

LaMotte Water Chemistry Test Kits : DO, pH, P, N, turbidity, iron, copper
Grades 7-12

CDs (Audio)

Excuse Me Sir, That's My Aquifer 30 min.
Songs about groundwater
Grades K-6

Frogs & Toads of Michigan 13 min.
Contains songs/calls of Michigan's 13 species of frogs & toads
Grades 3-12

Nature Nuts 58 min.
Science & ecology songs including "Romp in the Swamp", "Garbage Man",
"Recycle Blues", "Don't Throw It Away."
Grades K-6


After the Rain by U.S. EPA & Weather Channel . 29 min.
Explores importance of water, the pressures our cities are placing on this precious
resource, and ways to protect local drinking water supplies.
Grades 6-12

Aquatic Invertebrates and Water Quality 7 min.
Role of stream macroinvertebrates in the aquatic ecosystem and how they are used
as water quality indicators
Grades 6-12

Down the Drain 30 min., 3,2,1 Contact Series
Good lesson on the water properties and the water cycle-- also talks about water
usage, pollution, and treatment
Grades 4-8

Headwaters: The Lifeline of a River (28 min) Sponsored by Rouge River Watershed
Council and SE Michigan Water Quality Board. Introduces issues of headwater protection.
Grades 6-12

It's Found Underground 31 min.
Describes the water cycle, water table, permeability, and groundwater contamination
Grades 3-5

Life of the <Great> Lakes 58 min.
Story of the world's greatest freshwater fishery
Grades 5-12

Michigan's Drinking Water--- Safe, Reliable, and Abundant 10 min. 
Municipal treatment and delivery
Grades 3-9

Michigan's Great Lakes Coastal Zone - Part 1: Threatened and Endangered Species
22 min. Discusses the peregrine falcon, eagle, trumpeter swan, and osprey
Grades 4-9

Michigan's Great Lakes Coastal Zone- Part 2: Agriculture, Recreation, Fishing
17 min. Discusses the unique coastal zones of the Great Lakes and how they are used for agriculture, recreation, and fishing
Grades 4-9

Michigan's Great Lakes Coastal Zone - Part 3: Commercial Shipping, Industrial
Development, Habitat Restoration
20 min.
Discusses how industry in Michigan has impacted natural habitats and how the damage
is being corrected now; shows the restoration of a wetland
Grades 4-9

Our Valuable Wetlands Resource by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council 27 min. Focuses on how to identify the basic types of wetlands in the Great Lakes Basin,
and the values of wetlands
Grades 7-12

Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes 12 min. Produced by Canadian Film Board.
Satire on the origins and current fate of the Great Lakes.
Grades 6-12

SOS for American Streams by Izaak Walton League 28 min.
Water quality monitoring techniques
Grades 5-12

Thousand Friends of Frogs 10 min.
Minnesota news reports about the students who found the deformed frogs and brought the frog deformity issue to national attention. Students express their concerns and Minnesota Water Pollution Control scientists explain their research efforts to understand the problem.
Grades 4-12

Torch Lake: An Area of Concern 18 min.
Explanation of Torch Lake as a superfund site, good area history lesson
Grades 7-12

We All Live Downstream
Identifies point and non-point sources of water pollution in a watershed, with special
emphasis on the Tualatin River in Oregon
Grades 7-12

The Wealth of Wetlands 23 min.
Value of wetlands from different property owners' perspectives; restoration methods
Grades 9-12

Reference Books

Aquatic Entomology by W. Patrick McCafferty
Illustrated guide to aquatic insects and their relatives.
Grades 6-12

How to Know the Aquatic Insects by Dennis Lehmkuhl
Provides a key to Aquatic Insect Orders and Families, morphology of insects, and
use of aquatic insects as pollution indicators.
Grades 6-12

Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book by U.S. EPA
Outstanding compilation of information and maps about the Great Lakes
Grades 5-12

Water Quality Indicators Guide: Surface Water USDA
Examines agricultural related nonpoint source pollution, how to identify pollutants,
and recommends best management practices (BMPs) to reduce or eliminate pollution
Grades 7-12

Classroom Posters

Eat Or Be Eaten At The Wetland Cafe
Perfect for laminating as a placemat, for a daily reminder of food chains; EPA & TVA
Grades K-2

The Water Cycle: Nature's Recycling System
USDA & Water Environment Federation
Grades 4-9

Where Land Meets Water: Soil Erosion and Sedimentation
Great Lakes Commission
Grades 4-9

Great Lakes Basin Map (and maps of each Great Lake)
Michigan Sea Grant

Grades 6-12



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