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, videos, puzzles, Girl Scout patches, and backgrounds for your electronic devices to help you learn about lighthouses and the Presque Isle area.

3rd Grade Michigan Social Studies, 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.  Documents referenced in these lesson plans (e.g., vocabulary sheet, “Find Out” Michigan Lighthouse Homework sheet, Great Lakes Lighthouse Alphabet Search, logs from Captain William Sims  and Thomas Garrity, Lighthouse Log worksheet, etc.) are available for download HERE (organized by unit.). 

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.

Books used in the Lesson Plans are also available at various libraries throughout Michigan- check HERE for the list and availability. 



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.


An initial grant from the Presque Isle Community Men’s Club was used to purchase supplies and books for education bins that along with lesson plans, are loaned to local teachers. Presque Isle Electric and Gas (PIE&G) Communities First Fund awarded funds for additional books for the education bins. Moran Iron Works and Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union (AAACU) provided funds to support transportation and climb fees for class visits to the lighthouses.

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

Beacons of Light: Lighthouses, 1990, by Gail Gibbons (available at the Alpena Library and other Michigan libraries)

Birdie’s Lighthouse, 2000, by Deborah Hopkinson  (available at various Michigan libraries)

B is for Beacon: A Great Lakes Lighthouse Alphabet, 2016, by Helen L. Wilbur (Author), Renée Graef (Illustrator)  (available at various Michigan libraries)

Courage Like Kate: The True Story of a Girl Lighthouse Keeper, 2022, by Anna Crowley Redding   (available at various Michigan libraries)

Gracie the Lighthouse Cat, 2011, by Ruth Brown (available at the Alpena Library and other Michigan libraries)

Hello Lighthouse, 2018, by Sophie Blackall   (available at the Alpena Library and other Michigan libraries)

If I Were A Lighthouse: A Rhyme for Young Readers, 2017, by Richard Rensberry and Mary Rensberry

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, 1985, by Peter and Connie Roop   (available at various Michigan libraries)

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

Miss Colfax’s Light, 2016, by Aimee Bissonette and Eileen Ryan Ewen (available at various Michigan libraries)

My Summer at the Lighthouse, 2003, by Frederick Stonehouse  (available at the Alpena Library and other Michigan libraries)

Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes, 2019, by Pamela Cameron   (available at the Alpena Library and other Michigan libraries)

Presque Isle History Books

Almost an Island, 2015, by Gerald Micketti

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

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

A Place Called Presque Isle, 2015, by Janet Young

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

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

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

Girl Scout: Michigan Lighthouse Patches

Girl Scout Heart 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

Patches (Order from Girl Scout Heart of Michigan Council)

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


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