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MEECS Curriculum

MEECS (Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support) contains seven Michigan-specific units that provide an opportunity for students in grades 3-12 to learn about Michigan's economy and environment through inquiry oriented, data-based lessons in Science and Social Studies. The units have been field tested by over 200 Michigan classrooms. The units can be used individually, adopted into a school's multi-year science curricula, or combined to form the basis for an integrated science course.

All seven MEECS Units feature engaging, hands-on lessons that encourage student participation and inquiry. Units are designed to increase appreciation and understanding of Michigan's environment and its role in Michigan's economy. MEECS is aligned to meet requirements set forth by the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations for Science and Social Studies in addition to a crosswalk alignment to Michigan Science Standards.

Each of the MEECS units are available online through GoOpenMichigan.org and Includes:

  • Digital lesson plans
  • Electronic copies of support materials
  • Background information for teachers
  • Demonstrations of Hands-on activities and experiments
  • Activities and lessons to support outdoor learning
  • Alignment with Michigan Content Expectations and Next Generation Science Standards

Upcoming workshop dates will be posted here and on the EGLE Events Calendar when available. To request a MEECS workshop, please contact Eileen Boekestein at BoekesteinE@michigan.gov or 616-403-1615.

In addition, Grand Valley State University and the Public Broadcasting Service have partnered with MEECS to create online support modules for second edition MEECS Units. The online support videos also demonstrate MEECS lessons being used in classrooms with students and can be used as virtual professional development for the units.  These modules are free and available anytime to educators: MEECS Support on PBS Learning Media 

MEECS Units and Materials

Picture of a factory with smoke stacks

Air Quality

Explore the health effects of air pollutants and examine current Michigan air quality issues. Lessons utilize hands-on activities to provide students with a broad understanding of air quality. The lessons in the unit consist of a core set of activities with enhancements and extensions focusing primarily on outdoor air quality. There are a variety of activities for the classroom, computer laboratory, and the outdoors. The activities are aligned to the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations in Science and Social Studies. Environmental education principles are also addressed.

Air Quality Units on GoOpenMichigan.org

Support Modules at PBSLearningMedia.org

Picture of well drilling machine and windmills in the background

Climate

The MEECS Climate Change unit is a multi-faceted unit comprised of two separate functional units: Science and Impacts. Climate Change: Science focuses on the physical nature of climate, and focuses on causes, analysis, modeling, and an overall exploration into mechanisms of the Energy Cycle. Climate Change: Impacts focuses on the repercussions of climate change to engage more students to be future-oriented. The effects of climate change are examined at the global and local scales; special emphasis is placed on climate change as it pertains to Michigan's Great Lakes.

 

Climate Units on GoOpenMichigan.org

Support Modules at PBSLearningMedia.org

Blue Heron in Waterloo State Rec Area

Ecosystems

The Ecosystems & Biodiversity Unit is designed for use in grades 4-6. This unit provides students with a better understanding of ecosystems by examining how organisms interact within their environment.   MEECS Ecosystems & Biodiversity Unit uses a Michigan context to provide students with a solid foundation in understanding basic ecological principals, as well as the importance of biodiversity as it relates to Michigan's environment, economy, and society. The ten core lessons in this notebook are divided into two separate units, Ecosystems and Biodiversity. Each of the two units consists of five lessons, and is designed to be taught in eight to ten hours of instructional time.

 

Ecosystems Units on GoOpenMichigan.org

Support Modules at PBSLearningMedia.org

Picture of Solar panel and sun

Energy Resources

The Energy Resources Unit has been designed for use in many grade levels from upper elementary through middle school. The unit investigates a broad array of topics such as electricity generation, renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, energy conservation, and sustainability through eight lessons. Students keep an Energy Use Diary, compare Michigan and U.S. per capita energy consumption to energy use in other countries, and calculate their energy footprint.

 

Energy Resources Units on GoOpenMichigan.org

Support Modules at PBSLearningMedia.org

GIS 3D Visualization of Michigan

Land and Environment

Explore how land is used in Michigan and how human activities can have an impact.  Students will investigate the relationships between land usage, energy resources, and the economy.  This CD contains lesson activities to accompany a set of posters repurposed from the original Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) project. The activities are designed to help teachers meet some of the 3rd grade science and social studies Grade Level Content Expectations as well as the Michigan Science Standards.


Land and Environment Units on GoOpenMichigan.org

Support Modules at PBSLearningMedia.org

 

Ariel view of land

Land Use

The MEECS Land Use Unit will help students observe and analyze land use and land use planning challenges our society faces; the unit will also engage them in considering some of the possible solutions to these challenges. The unit is designed for grades 4 - 6 and supports Michigan Content Standards aligned science and social studies curricula. Lessons and activities can be adapted for other grades as well as for non-formal education programs.

 

Land and Environment Units on GoOpenMichigan.org

Support Modules at PBSLearningMedia.org

Shoreline picture in Menominee County

Water Quality

The Water Quality unit is targeted for use in grades 6-8. Students discover the essential role of water in Michigan's economy and our lives, calculate direct and indirect water use, explore how Michigan watersheds are connected to the Great Lakes, identify characteristics of healthy streams, analyze Michigan stream data, and investigate challenges to the Great Lakes.

 

Water Quality Units on GoOpenMichigan.org

Support Modules at PBSLearningMedia.org