Water quality affects everyone, yet our water resources can be impaired by contamination and runoff due to industry, a heavy population density, and a myriad of land and water uses. At stake are safe drinking water, clean beaches, and uncontaminated aquatic ecosystems. With many threats to water quality, IISG tackles the issue from a variety of fronts, including education.
Through K-16 education opportunities—both in and out of the classroom, students can learn how problems with water quality affect the environment and people’s lives. IISG has identified data-rich, interactive classroom activities and background resources to enhance students’ understanding of essential water quality issues.
- IISG "Hooks" IAGLR leadership
- Don't let it loose! What to do with unwanted classroom pets
- From cruise to classroom: Educators learn from scientists aboard Lake Michigan ship
- Teachers teaching teachers about the Great Lakes
- Friday Foto: You can find a Lake Guardian teacher story in the Chicago Tribune
- Set sail on Lake Michigan for a week-long educator workshop
- Place-based education inspires more than just students
- LIVE! from the Lake Guardian: Bringing science to the classroom
- Nab the Aquatic Invader! now a one-stop-shop for AIS projects
- Buoy workshop inspires new STEM activities
Water Quality Workshop on S/V Denis Sullivan Schooner
Teachers will experience the Great Lakes directly on this world-class Schooner, the Denis Sullivan and receive hands-on training from Center for Great Lakes Literacy staff, with water quality monitoring equipment used by scientists (available for loan to educators during the school year). In addition to learning about field trip opportunities in the Lake Michigan watershed, teachers will receive free Great Lakes resources for their classrooms and earn a stipend for implementing a stewardship project in the classroom.
How Big is a Crowd?
How Does Stratification Affect Water Quality?
Where Do all the Toxins Go?
Which Fish Can We Eat?
Swimming in Clean Water
Drinking Water Supplies
Defining Water Quality
Drinking Water: Disinfection with Chlorine
Water Taste and Odor Problems
Understanding Why Some Organic Contaminants Pose a Health Risk
Understanding Contaminated Sediments Bioavailability of Contamination
Planning with POWER
Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources
Nonpoint Source Pollution: A Threat to our Waters
Strategies to Minimize Polluted Runoff
Relationship between Land Use Decision and Impacts on our Water and Natural Resources
Stormwater and Non-point Source Pollution
COSEE Great Lake Curriculum
Project FLOW Activity: What Makes Water Healthy?
The BRIDGE, NOAA, and NMEA: Water Pollution Lesson Plans
Indiana Department of Environmental Management: Lesson Plan on Water (grades K-8)
Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Aquatic Illinois
indiana Department of Natural Resources Education Center: Water Quality Trunks
Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Environmental Education Resources