Lesson Plans

These are fully developed formal lesson plans (some entire unit plans) including curriculum standards/benchmarks, detailed activity descriptions, time parameters, required materials needed, prepared teaching documents including activity sheets, handouts, and assessments; extension activities for students who learn quickly, assistance methods for special needs students; technology requirements.

These lesson plans are also listed by subject on the Learning Activity pages (the rest of the learning activities are brief format).

Lesson Title
Description of Content and Activities
Subject Area(s)
All Levels

Introduction to the Flint Hills
- by Annie Wilson
Introduction:  "What are the Flint Hills and Why Should We Preserve Them?"
60+ slide Powerpoint with Q-and-A review sheet: where located, types of prairie, 4 main grasses, biodiversity, geology, fire, carbon cycle, beef production, sustainability, art, recreation, public access, eco-services, need for preservation
All Levels: K-12

Flint Hills Map Exhibit Unit
- by Annie Wilson
On-site and Classroom activities related to the Flint Hills Map Exhibit. ON-SITE of exhibit: Guided Tour interpreting exhibit (same for Elem, Middle, High): Legend and all Main Map features, Remaining Tallgrass Prairie, Locator Map, Last Stand Facts. Guided Qs interpreting art and text of educational Side Panels (in 3 versions Elem, Middle, High). Follow-up in Classroom: Regional Map Activity and Your County Map Activity: Students practice map skills (location grid, scale), review main geography of region, explore local geography of county, interpret more map resources, special focus on water. Teacher’s Guide.
especially Social Studies, Science, Math
All Levels: K-12, also
Grades: K-4

Prairie Texture Collage
- by Emily Wilson
Creative hands-on activity in which young artists categorize, identify and create a collage of natural found objects of the prairie - grasses and plant parts, soil, rocks, feathers, etc. Especially identify 4 main grasses from exhibit.
Art, Science

Prairies and Grasslands
- by Mollie Wold
Students will read nonfiction text, discuss and brainstorm prairie facts, then write an informative summary about what they learned.(map and text related)
Reading and Writing, Science
Grass Root Systems
- by Mollie Wold
Students will recognize that prairie plants have extensive root systems. They will use a diagram to determine plant height and root length. Students will use a measuring tool to construct a visual from yarn. (text related)
Math, Science
*Prairie Plants
- by Barbara Anderson
Students explore biodiversity, view introductory powerpoints, read background info, perform card activities, keep notebook plant journal, perform assessment, take field trip if possible, numerous references
Science, art, social studies, language arts
Middle School
Grades: 5-8

Where Does the Water Go?
-recommended by Pam Collinge
Raw climate and stream outflow data is collected, graphed and analyzed by students for the community in which they are located. Results of the graphing are used to explain the water cycle. This is a Next Generation Science Standards recommended classroom activity.
Science, Math, Language Arts
Notable Features of a Watershed
-recommended by Pam Collinge
Students observe and chart porous and impervious features of the watershed. Summarize the effect the features have on the water quality and outflow. This is a Next Generation Science Standards recommended classroom activity.
Science, Math, Lang Arts

Measuring Slope
-recommended by Pam Collinge
Plot slopes in outdoor learning area. Use mathematical formula to convert into slope %. Complete cause effect summary over relationship between how steep the slope is and erosion. This is an example open-source lesson plan from the Earth Partnership for Schools.
Science, Math, Lang Arts

Burning and Beef Production Ratios: Percent of Increase in Cattle Weight
-by Glenda Priest
As background, students learn about effect of pasture burning both for range management and for beef production; they use proportional relationships to calculate the percent of increase in weight for a calf pastured on burned pasture and unburned pasture.
*Illustrating Flint Hills Earth Cycles: 6-Panel Comic Strip
- by Emily Wilson
Students synthesize one of the 4 main Earth Cycles represented in the Exhibit, by creating a comic strip sequence of 6 features of the cycle, using comic/graphic art conventions of panel, caption, speech balloons, etc.
Art, Science

*Place Names of the Kansas Flint Hills
- by Jane Cauthorn
Students explore origins of county, town, and place names; classify sources of names; learn names and county seats of Flint Hills counties; numerous extended research and creative activities
Social Studies
(also 9-10)
High School
Grades: 9-12

(See also above: Place Names of the Kansas Flint Hills)
Especially engage in extended activities.
Social Studies

Using Mathematics in Local Problem-solving
- by Dusty Hazelton
Determining Energy Efficiency of Flint Hills Schools - students assist local civic leaders in decision-making by conducting mathematical analysis of energy efficiency of local school systems


*Flint Hills Research Project UNIT
- by Annie Wilson
Unit - Documented Essay containing Cause and Effect analysis on place-based topics (map and text related) - see Topic Choices. Includes Primary Source Interview, plus background skills: steps in research, types of evidence, keywords, citations and documentation, quoting, paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism, outlining, introductions, conclusions, cause and effect topic sentences, revision.
(Sixteen classes - each 85-minute blocks)
Lang Arts
All Subjects
*Everything Is Connected
- by Leslie Campbell

Students examine and form conjectures regarding connections between ecosystem elements - plants, animals, weather, etc. food chains, food webs, inter-dependence of organisms, interactions and dynamics in ecosystems.
Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology
Particulate Study during Burning Season
-by Derick Budke

Students examine reasons for prescribed burning in range management and governmental regulations on burning practices; take air quality samples during burning season; evaluate competing public policy issues.
Environmental Science