Teacher Resource Library


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Bring the Great Lakes into your classroom – and let us help!

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Resource Library has teaching kits, standards-aligned lesson plans, books, and more ready for you to use. These materials are a great tool to blend your Great Lakes Aquarium visit with classroom curriculum or to enhance your current studies. These resources are free to borrow. To check availability or set up a visit, contact Samantha Smingler at ssmingler@glaquarium.org  or (218) 740-2027.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a Great Lakes Aquarium Teaching Kit? 

A Great Lakes Aquarium Teaching Kit comes with almost everything you will need to teach a pre-designed lesson in your classroom. The kit includes a lesson plan aligned to MN State Standards, materials to run most activities, and background information. Some lessons require consumable materials like paper cups or beads; these materials may not be included in the kit.

The Great Lakes Aquarium Resource Library also houses MinnAqua Teaching Kits. These kits also contain lessons aligned to MN State Standards, materials to run most activities, and background information. A complete listing of MinnAqua Teaching Kits is coming soon!

What is Great Lakes Aquarium Curriculum?

Great Lakes Aquarium Curriculum is a library of lesson plans that have been written or adapted by educators and scientists. These lesson plans are aligned to MN Science Standards; some are aligned to MN Art and Social Studies Standards, as well. These lessons do not correlate to a kit in our Resource Library, so teachers are responsible for materials to run the lessons.

You can also download a PDF copy of Lake Effects: The Superior Curriculum Guide for Grades K-8 here. This guide provides lessons that will help your students explore the physical, biological, and cultural components of Lake Superior.

What will I find in the Books and Other Resouces? 

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Resource Library has books to help you learn background information, curriculum guides to help you design lessons, and children’s books to use in your classroom.

The Resource Library also has DVDs to use in the classroom, CDs with information and curriculum, and more! You are welcome to check these resources out or spend an afternoon planning in the Resource Library.

How many items can I check out of the Resource Library at one time?

You may check out up to two kits and up to four books at one time from the Great Lakes Aquarium Resource Library.

How long may I keep items checked out from the Resource Library?

Great Lakes Aquarium’s resources may be checked out for one month at a time. MinnAqua’s resources may be checked out for one week at a time; MinnAqua resources are clearly labeled. Late items will be charged a late fee. If items are not returned within six months of the due date, the price of replacement will be charged to the borrower.

For more information, contact Samantha Smingler at ssmingler@glaquarium.org or (218) 740-2027.

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