Place-based education immerses students in local landscape, culture and community as a foundation for the study of standard skills in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and all subject areas.
Why use place-based education?
A wealth of studies document improved student achievement through programs connecting learning to place.
Educators report that students
Become increasingly engaged and enthusiastic about learning connected to their own place and experience
Feel empowered to make positive contributions to their community and outdoor environment
Builds students' sense of place, pride and identity
Creates vibrant partnerships between schools & communities
Boosts student achievement
We have four categories of Flint Hills teaching resources for you:
Flint Hills K-12 Lesson Plans
Ready-to-use formal Lesson Plans and Unit Plans
Submitted by Flint Hills teachers for grades K-12 (some adaptable to various grade levels).
Each includes Activities, Materials, Time Needed, Standards/Benchmarks, Assessment, Special Needs/Extension, Technology, etc.
Flint Hills Learning Activities
Over 250 activities - many adaptable to all grade levels
Listed in 13 Subject areas and fully cross-referenced for multi-subject activities.
Topic and objectives
Critical thinking questions
Subject area(s) - do search to find more activities for your subject
Standards/Benchmarks - WILL BE ADDED SUMMER 2016
Learning in the Prairie -37 Elementary Lesson Plans
PDF of 223 page book
Fun and informative activities - about all aspects of nature and prairie.
Includes 6 Pre-field Modules, 15 Field (outdoor activity) Modules, 16 Post-field Modules, source lists, glossary, and informative appendices.
Your kids will love these! This is an earlier publication (1990), but these are timeless activities. (Does not currently have standards/benchmarks, but we are working on this) Note: printed copies of "Learning in the Prairie: A Resource for Elementary Teachers" by Dwight Platt may be purchased from Kauffman Museum in North Newton, Kansas, for $24 each plus shipping. Please email Andi Andres or 316-283-1612 to request a copy.
Place-Based Education Resources - Links to Other Sources
Flint Hills Field Trips - educational activity programs
Place-Based Lesson Plans - Kansas
Place-Based Lesson Plans - other - adaptable to Flint Hills
Other Place-Based Education Resources
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