North America's Great Lakes account for approximately 20 percent of the world's surface freshwater. Originally featured in the 7-13-2018 Scout Report, the Center for Great Lakes Literacy continues to be an excellent educational resource.
The Center for Great Lakes Literacy is produced collaboratively by Sea Grant educators throughout the Great Lakes basin. It aims to develop a community well-versed in Great Lakes stewardship and addresses the lakes' economic and social facets, as well as their scientific aspects. The center's website provides valuable resources for educators, such as an archive of recorded webinars and over one hundred thorough curriculum plans for students ranging from kindergarten through college. These curriculum plans are searchable by topic, grade level, and subject area, and they are available as downloadable PDFs that contain fully developed lesson modules with classroom activities, quizzes, and links to relevant web resources. While these curricula were largely created with the Great Lakes in mind, educators from other regions may also find them useful as many of the lessons address concepts and scientific principles that can be applied to other bodies of water.