Other Great Lakes Educational Tools and Resources

Tools and Activities

Teaching with Great Lakes Data

In partnership with Eastern Michigan University we are working to make Great Lakes data more accessible for teachers. These are real data extracted from on-going and historic GLERL research projects. Each data set has been ‘downscaled’ (fewer decimal points, fewer data points, fewer parameters) to facilitate use in the classroom. Students and teachers can use the datasets to conduct their own inquiries, support guided inquiries, demonstrate limnological concepts or just to practice graphing, mapping and mathematics.

Lake Michigan Temperature Profile

Since 1990, GLERL scientists have been keeping track of the temperature in the middle of southern Lake Michigan. They've been using a vertical chain of instruments that measure temperature from just below the surface to bottom. This is one of the longest vertical temperature records in existence anywhere in the Great Lakes.
This tool plots the the entire dataset for interactive exploration.

Water Supply Analysis Tool

Tool developed for teachers as part of the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Workshop that took place at the Detroit Zoo in May 2016.

Michigan Climate Challenge

Test your knowledge on the climate of Michigan with this PowerPoint game. A fun resource for teachers and students to learn more about the state’s climatology, state records, and how climate change impacts Michigan.

Other Resources

Great Lakes Sea Grant Extension Office

Initiated in 2001, the Great Lakes Sea Grant Extension Office at GLERL represents a first-in-the-nation effort to connect NOAA Research to the outreach capabilities of NOAA Sea Grant. The Extension Educator at GLERL provides information based on GLERL research to Sea Grant extension agents located throughout the Great Lakes region for use in their local extension programming and provides feedback to GLERL researchers on the research needs of the coastal constituencies served by Sea Grant extension as well as coordinating joint efforts of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network (GLSGN). Web products include project/program information, electronic newsletters, photo galleries, and topical directories of GLERL and GLSGN publications and resources

Great Lakes Water Life Photogallery

Great Lakes Information Network: TEACH Great Lakes

The TEACH site features mini lessons on Great Lakes topics, such as environment, history & culture, geography, pollution and careers & business. Geared for elementary through high school students as well as teachers, the modules are continually expanded and updated and include links to a glossary to help explain scientific terms and acronyms.

The Great Lakes Atlas

The Great Lakes Atlas is an Environmental Atlas and Resource Book written in easily understandable language and contains fact sheets, photographs, and many colorful maps and graphics. Topics include geology, hydrology, history, climate, and lake processes. Writing a report for school? Check out this book! This link takes you to the actual atlas, which is published online in its entirety.

The Jason Project

In order to bring the thrill of discovery to millions of students worldwide, Dr. Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic, founded the JASON Project, a year-round scientific expedition designed to excite and engage students in science and technology and to motivate and provide professional development for teachers.

The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory

The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory is a freshwater biological field station that offers custom-designed field trips, Aquatic Science Workshops for grades four through adult, and Summer Science Courses for college credit.