Teacher Tools

Welcome to Teacher Tools! The tools are helpful in applying lessons and activities found throughout Teaching with Great Lakes Science. The information included here is also applicable to any teaching setting. See: Teacher Tools

Charting and Graphing Tips

Check in with this page before teaching about charting and graphing for an overview of graphing options, suggestions on which graphs and charts are best suited for the data your class is analyzing and more. See: Charting and Graphing Tips


What does that mean? The glossary includes many specific terms relevant to Great Lakes science. See: Glossary

Guide to Writing an Inquiry-based Question

Inquiry-based questions support student investigations that gather data and encourage analysis to propose a potential answer. The writing guide as well as the overview of guided inquiry will help map out where to lead your students for comprehensive, lasting learning. See: Guide to Writing Inquiry-based Question

Guided Inquiry Process

The guided inquiry process puts the emphasis on scientist in “student-scientist.” The primary objective of guided inquiry is to promote learning through student investigation. This material is designed to assist teachers in targeting higher-level thinking and science process skills for their students. This section features a step-by-step explanation of the guided inquiry methodology and includes the tools to implement a project with students, graphics and more resources. See: Guided Inquiry

Great Lakes Literacy Principles

Great Lakes literacy is an understanding of the Great Lakes’ influences on you and your influence on the Great Lakes. A Great Lakes literate person understands 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; and is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the Great Lakes and the resources of their watershed. See: CGLL Principles