For Educators: Flint Hills Teaching Resources

What is place-based education?

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
Place-based learning
  • 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.
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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.
  • Brief format:
    • Topic and objectives
    • Critical thinking questions
    • Suggested activity/assessment
    • 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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