Lake Michigan Track


Mapping Lake Michigan
Grades: 3-8
Contact: Darius Jordan, or visit:
Explore what lies beneath the surface of Lake Michigan by investigating the development and use of bathymetric maps. Students will discover how technology helps fishermen find fish and historians find shipwrecks in creating a project inspired by the lake. 45 minutes.
Costs: free for qualifying schools
Points: 20
Tracks: Lakes, Maps, Technology Workshops
Grades: 6-12
Contact: Linda Keane offers a wide variety of place based workshops for your classroom on topics such as water, design as nature, sustainability, smart grid challenges and biomimicry in design. Check out this example from Escuela Verde!
Points: 50
Standards Connections: NAAEE, NGSS Primary (K-2), NGSS Elementary (3-5), NGSS Middle School, WI Art and Design Standards
Tracks: Lakes, Rivers, Watersheds, Conservation, Water Cycle & Quality, Stormwater & Green Infrastructure

Great Lakes Lessons
Grades: 4-12
Welcome to Great Lakes Lessons — your source for science, technology, engineering and math! This website features a suite of lessons, activities and data sets focused on the Great Lakes. Any of these resources may be easily incorporated into formal and informal educational settings. All the lessons, activities, teacher tools and data sets are free and targeted for 4-12th grades.
Points: 10/lesson
Standards Connections: Each lesson plan is aligned with NGSS
Tracks: Lakes, Watersheds, Water Cycle & Quality

Center for Great Lakes Literacy Curriculum
Grades: PreK-12
The CGLL website has dozens of searchable curricular resources all about the Great Lakes.
Points: 10/lesson
Standards Connections: Each lesson plan is connected to NGSS, Common Core and Great Lakes Literacy Principles
Tracks: Lakes, Watersheds, Water Cycle & Quality

Climate Wisconsin
Grades: 6-12
From warming trout streams to decreasing ice cover, lower lake levels to extreme heat, Climate Wisconsin tells stories from a rapidly changing state.  Each of the nine short videos is accompanied by additional research and ideas for further learning.
Points: 20
Tracks: Lakes, Rivers

Water Journeys
Grades: 3-12 is an educational nonprofit that offers information, object, experience and environmental activities connected to larger earth, air, water and energy systems.’s journeys introduce activities online, in the classroom, in the community and globally. Explore any of the Water Journeys: water; waves; watershed; water quality; water conservation; precipitation; rainwater harvesting; rain gardens; acid rain; clouds; climate; rivers; great lakes; aquaponics; fish; green roofs; urban agriculture.
Points: 20/journey reported
Standards Connections: NAAEE, NGSS Primary (K-2), NGSS Elementary (3-5), NGSS Middle School, WI Art and Design Standards
Tracks: Lakes, Rivers, Watersheds, Conservation, Water Cycle & Quality, Stormwater & Green Infrastructure

ROVe Pack
Grades: 6-8
Middle-school students can experience the engineering process while learning about Great Lakes maritime history and underwater exploration with this loanable pack. ROVe (Remotely Operated Vehicles and Engineering) provides a rich learning experience. The ROVe Pack provides the lesson plan and equipment necessary for teachers to carry out the engineering design process with students as they build their own simple ROVs within a regular classroom while using common classroom supplies and a small children’s pool. Borrow a pack from the Wisconsin Water Library.
Points: 50
Standards: NGSS engineering principles
Tracks: Lakes

Aquatic Invaders Attack Pack
Grades: 4-10
The Attack Pack is a rucksack filled with materials to help students and other groups learn about Great Lakes aquatic invasive species, the problems they cause and what can be done about them. Borrow a pack from the Wisconsin Water Library!
Points: 20
Standards Connections: NGSS and Great Lakes Literacy Principles (pg 7)
Tracks: Lakes, Water Cycle & Quality

Aquatic Ecology & Habitat Hotels Lesson Plan
: 4-6
Contact: Tony Giron
The 3-day lesson plan covers habitats and food webs all within a local context. On the second day students present a solution to a man-made problem. On the third day students are bussed to UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences, learn about Habitat Hotels, and meet with freshwater scientists.
Costs: covered by Harbor District, Inc.
Points: 50
Tracks: Lakes, Rivers

STEMward: Sailing Into Schools
Grades: 3-12
Contact: Teresa Coronado; 414-277-9094
Milwaukee Community Sailing Center uses sailing to engage student in hands-on STEM learning. In the classroom: students explore the concepts of buoyancy, hull and sail shape, aerodynamics, water displacement. Next, students apply classroom lessons doing sailing fieldwork directly on Lake Michigan with MCSC sailing instructors. Students will also build model sailboats, using recycled materials, and test them. Fieldwork available April-October. The fieldwork takes place at the MCSC campus on Lake Michigan. Method of transportation is organized by schools; payment of transportation can be negotiated. For the range of resources available see:
Points: 20/30
Tracks: Lakes

Riveredge Nature Center Field Experiences
Grades: K3-8
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Whether in your classroom or in ours, Riveredge Nature Center has something for every class to study and explore the natural world around you. Our 380-acre natural sanctuary is the perfect place to study life that lives in ponds, rivers, prairies and forests.
Points: 30
Tracks: Lakes, Rivers, Watersheds, Water Cycle & Quality, Stormwater & Green Infrastructure

Ravine Education Program
Grades: 4-8
Through guided observation and exploration, these lesson plans and classroom activities will enable your 4th-8th grade students to understand ravine and lakefront ecosystems prior to development, the plants and animals that historically used them as refuge, and the species that still depend on the lakefront today--including people!
Points: 10/activity reported
Tracks: Lakes, Watersheds, Conservation, Stormwater & Green Infrastructure, Water Cycle & Quality, Ravine Ecosystems

Lake Sturgeon Bowl
Contact: Liz Sutton
Lake Sturgeon Bowl, the first Saturday in February, is a regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB)—a round robin, double-elimination academic tournament for teams of five high school students who are interested in broadening their understanding of the oceans and Great Lakes.
Points: 100
Tracks: Lakes, Rivers, Watersheds, Stormwater & Green Infrastructure, Water Cycle & Quality, Oceanography