Great Lakes

Dive in and explore the lakes that make Michigan truly special.

Learn about the spectacular Great Lakes region we call home, from the plants and animals that surround us to the history of lumberjacks and farmers to the beauty of the Mackinac bridge and our natural areas.

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  • Cast Out Common Words: Nice

    Cast Out Common Words: Nice

    English4th Grade, 5th Grade

    Join Story Pirate friends Lauren and Sam as they cast out common word “Nice” and replace it with richer, more descriptive words.Story Pirates surveyed classroo…

  • Cast Out Common Words: Bad

    Cast Out Common Words: Bad

    English4th Grade, 5th Grade

    Watch Story Pirate friends Lauren and Chris as they cast out common word “Bad” and replace it with richer, more descriptive words.Story Pirates surveyed classr…

  • Cast Out Common Words: Better Than Good

    Cast Out Common Words: Better Than Good

    English4th Grade, 5th Grade

    Watch Story Pirate friends Lauren and Andy as they cast out common word “Good” and replace it with richer, more descriptive words.Story Pirates surveyed classr…

  • Cast Out Common Words: Because of This

    Cast Out Common Words: Because of This

    English4th Grade, 5th Grade

    Watch Story Pirate Eric become President of the United States as he and Story Pirate Lauren cast out common phrase “Because of this” and replace it with richer…

  • Meteorologist

    Meteorologist

    Career Exploration3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

    Health Educator Bethany Thayer explains to Curious Crew investigator Janellyn how awareness of healthy lifestyles and making good choices can improve our overa…

  • Marine Archaeologist

    Marine Archaeologist

    Career Exploration3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

    Genesis dives into exploring marine archaeology with Melanie Damour! Melanie explains what it’s like to scuba dive to historic shipwrecks to study ancient arti…

  • Chemical Oceanographer

    Chemical Oceanographer

    Career Exploration3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

    Fiat Chrysler Automotive’s auto-design color and materials director LaShirl Turner shows Janellyn the science and art behind using various colors and materials…

  • BeLEAF It or Not: How to Identify Trees Part 1

    BeLEAF It or Not: How to Identify Trees Part 1

    Science1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Kindergarten

    https://youtu.be/Bzljedb0kDATree identification is a popular hobby and one of the first steps in better understanding our forests. Part 1 of "How to Identify T…