Books and More

For those who want to dig a little deeper into Lighthouses and Presque Isle history.

Teacher lesson plans, history books, children's books, puzzles, Girl Scout patches, and backgrounds for your electronic devices to help you learn about lighthouses and the Presque Isle area.

3rd Grade Social Studies, Michigan Lighthouse History Lesson Plans & Fieldtrips

Lesson Plans

The Presque Isle Township Museum Society has developed Lighthouse History lesson plans that are aligned to the Michigan 3rd grade social studies standards. Upon completion of the lessons, students will understand the maritime history of Northeast Michigan, the role of women lighthouse keepers, types of lighthouses, the history and workings of the fresnel lens, and terminology and facts associated with early lighthouse operations in Michigan. Michigan Lighthouse History, 3rd Grade Social Studies Lesson Plans

Educational Travel Bins for Teachers in Alpena and Presque Isle counties

The Presque Isle Township Museum Society has developed educational travel bins that contain Lighthouse History lesson plans for Michigan 3rd grade social studies and the books, articles, video links, reproducible worksheets, and demonstration materials for all of the included lesson plans. Teachers in Presque Isle and Alpena counties may borrow these bins at no cost for use in their classrooms.


In cooperation with Presque Isle Township, the Museum Society also offers follow up field trips for 3rd grade classrooms to the Presque Isle lighthouses. The field trip will reinforce concepts covered in the classroom lesson plans and expand on concepts that are best explored with an actual visit.

For More Information

Please contact Joni Rogers, Education Committee Chair,, for more information on these opportunities and resources.


Presque Isle Township Museum Society is also grateful to the Presque Isle Community Men’s Club and the Presque Isle Energy and Gas Communities First Fund for funding the supplies in the Educational Bins.

These lesson plans were developed by the Education Committee of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society. Our gratitude to Joni Rogers and MaryEllen Moyski for their time and talent serving on this committee and developing these lessons.

Recommended Children's Books

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, 1985, by Peter and Connie Roop

Beacons of Light: Lighthouses, 1990, by Gail Gibbons

Gracie the Lighthouse Cat, 2011, by Ruth Brown

Courage Like Kate: The True Story of a Girl Lighthouse Keeper, 2022, by Anna Crowley Redding

Birdie’s Lighthouse, 2000, by Deborah Hopkinson

Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes, 2019, by Pamela Cameron

Miss Colfax’s Light, 2016, by Aimee Bissonette and Eileen Ryan Ewen

The Lighthouse Keeper's Series (Collection 8 Books Set), 2016, Ronda Armitage (Author), David Armitage (Illustrator)

Hello Lighthouse, 2018, by Sophie Blackall

Presque Isle History Books

A Place Called Presque Isle, 2015, by Janet Young

Almost an Island, 2015, by Gerald Micketti

Tall Timber, Steel Rails, and Green Pastures, 2018, by Mark L. Thompson

Grand Lake and Presque Isle (Postcard History Series), 2015, by Judith Kimball and John Porter

Grand Lake's Vintage Resorts: 1870s-1940s, 2016, by Janet Young

Presque Isle's Shipwreck Alley, 2020, by Janet Young

Historical Timeline Presque Isle & Aids to Navigation, 2005, by Judith Kimball

Additional resources available at the Presque Isle District Library- Grand Lake

Girl Scout: Michigan Lighthouse Patches

Girl Scout Hearts of Michigan Council developed the Michigan lighthouse patches. The Michigan lighthouse patch educates Girl Scouts on the rich history of Michigan's Great Lakes lighthouses, and the importance of restoration and preservation for future generations.

Brownie Try It requirements

Junior Badge requirements

Cadette / Senior / Ambassador Interest Project Patch requirements


Backgrounds for Phones, Desktops, Zoom or Google Meet Video Calls


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