Water in the classroom

Use the following links to assist you in creating a water-based curriculum for elementary and high school students.

Curriculum Links

Local: South St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District
Conservation Education Curriculum
A series of Classroom Activities for Grades K - 12 produced for Educators in Carlton and South St. Louis County

Looking for more opportunities for your students? Think about involving them in St. Louis River - Riverwatch or Water Quality Monitoring Day

The Great Lakes Aquarium

Stowe Watershed Curriculum

20 lessons for K-5 developed for the Duluth region

Citizen-scientists (potentially, you!) catch and identify dragonflies and damselflies in Minnesota to determine their ranges and distributions in Minnesota.

WOW helps college and high school students understand and solve real-world environmental problems using advanced technology. It contains Basic Science and Water Science curricula, using real-time data from lakes and rivers nationwide, online primers, data interpretation and GIS Tools.

How many gallons of water falls on the school roof during a rain event? Calculate run-off from the school property

Find links and activity ideas in the City of Superior's blogspot under the tab "For Local Teachers"

The St. Louis River – River Watch project is a grade 7-12 water quality monitoring program for the St. Louis River and its tributaries in NE Minnesota. It’s goal is to promote stewardship of the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior and other nearby streams.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) offers tours and presentations for school and community groups.

Environmental Programs staff is also available to present at environmental and educational special events. Visit their website for details.

Great Lakes:

COSEE Great Lakes Curriculum

Greatest of the Great Lakes: A Medley of Model Lessons.

Selected classroom activities on topics of Great Lakes Overview, Life in the Water, Habitats, Climate & Weather, Hydrology, Coastal Processes, and Issues.


has a goal of enhancing marine education in Great Lakes classrooms, and at the same time bringing the inspiration and vital contributions of the Great Lakes to marine education nationally.


Great Lakes Literacy is an understanding of the Great Lakes’ influences on you and your influence on the Great Lakes.

Lessons, activites, presentations, and data sets to enhance the classroom experience by connecting students to the freshwater resources right in their own backyard.

After completing these lessons students:

-Understand the essential principles and fundamental concepts about the characteristics, functioning and value of the Great Lakes.

-Can communicate accurately about the Great Lakes’ influence on systems and people in and beyond their watershed.

-Are able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the Great Lakes and the resources of their watershed.


The Great Lakes Lessons

This website features a suite of lessons, activities and data sets all focused on various scientific aspects of the Great Lakes. Throughout the website, you will find usable data sets, an overview of teaching methods, and ready-to-go lessons and activities. Any of these resources may be easily incorporated into formal and informal educational settings and many are multidisciplinary. All the lessons, activities, teacher tools and data sets are free.

Educators can browse by type or resource (i.e., lesson vs. data set), broad-concept topic (i.e., earth science) or by specific topic (i.e., climate change). Grade levels are highlighted after the title of each lesson.

LSNERR_logoNational Estuarine Research Reserves serve as "living classrooms" for educators, students and the public.

Research Reserves take a local approach in advancing freshwater estuary literacy and generating meaningful experiences for all kinds of people interested in learning about, protecting and restoring estuaries.

Reserves offer classes for K-12 students; support teachers through professional development programs in coastal and estuary education; and provide public education events.

Fisheries Learning on the Web (FLOW) is a comprehensive curriculum for Grades 4-8 about Food Webs, Water and Fish in the Great Lakes ecosystem. Each lesson is aligned with national and state curriculum standards for science and social studies and features a hands-on classroom activity.

TEACH TEACH Great Lakes features mini-lessons on many Great Lakes topics: environment, history & culture, geography, pollution and careers & business. Geared for elementary through high school students.

The Center for Science & Environmental Outreach -- Michigan Tech

K-12 Educational Materials on Science and the Environment

Minnesota and Upper Midwest:

enc onlineThe Great Lakes Education Program is designed to stimulate interest in the Great Lakes and help students understand their role in protecting these vital freshwater resources.

watershed gameBell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota Watershed Game
interactive watershed game

CleanwaterMN.orgCleanwaterMN.org provides stormwater education resources and seasonal clean water tips for residents, focusing on the Twin Cities Metro Area.

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US EPAUS Environmental Protection Agency
Drinking Water for Kids
Classroom Activities & Experiments Lessons for levels K-12
US EPAUS Environmental Protection Agency: The Water Sourcebooks
324 activities for grades K-12 divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 5-8, and 9-12

US Environmental Protection Agency
Educational Resources

The main page, linking to all of the EPA's educational resources

enc onlineEisenhower Clearing House
Created to collect all types of teaching materials for K-12 math and science educators and to identify and disseminate information about federally funded programs.

Additional Resource Links

Minnesota and Upper Midwest:

MPCA MN Pollution Control Agency Student Guide to Environmental Information
Information organized to assist students in locating environmental information.

seek SEEK
Minnesota's interactive directory of environmental education services.
Minnesota DNRMinnAqua
A statewide education program designed to teach angling recreation and stewardship as well as the ecology and conservation of aquatic habitats.


locate your watershed US Environmental Protection Agency Surf your Watershed
A service to help you locate, use, and share environmental information about your state and watershed.

pacific streamkeepers Pacific Streamkeepers Federation
The Streamkeepers Handbook and Modules (Stream sampling and habitat analysis).

EPA environmental education US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Education
Curricula and activities on a variety of environmental topics, a student page where middle and high school can explore a wide range of environmental issues, and an environmental explorers club for kids.

water environment federation Water Environment Federation -The Aqua Venturer
An interactive global timeline and database of water use, abuse and treatment that focuses on technologies for collecting, distributing and treating water.

project globe Project GLOBE
Worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program including teacher's guides, "how-to" videos, and other materials.

ecucating young people about water U. of Wisconsin Extension
Helps you to educate young people about water by developing a community-based, youth water education program that targets youth and links key community members in partnerships.

USGS science for a changing world US Geological Survey Water Science for Schools
Information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center.

USGS science for a changing world US Geological Survey - Education Resources
Links to educational resources.

Ground Water Animation

Where does Water Go? Learn about the Water Cycle.

Watch this musical animation while learning about the importance of groundwater to living things -- including people -- and how to help protect this hidden resource. The Groundwater Story is designed for kids and adults who like watching funny cartoons while learning.

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