Place-Based Lesson Plans - Kansas

Place-Based Lesson Plans - Kansas


Lesson Topic
Description
Source & Page Title
Agriculture, Wildlife
Over 150 lesson plans related primarily to agriculture, also wildlife. Searchable by subject, grade level or commodity. See helpful publication: Educator’s Guide: Exploring Kansas Natural Resources, Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (USDA, 2008)
Kansas Ag in the Classroom
History
Read Kansas Program -curriculum: Social Studies, Reading, and Writing Lesson Plans for K-12 correlated to state standards. Students use primary source materials, see multiple perspectives, and interpret complex text. The lessons contain student materials and a complete lesson plan, including the assessment
Kansas State Historical Society - Read Kansas!
History
Teacher-made Lesson Plans on Kansas historical topics - large variety of ready-to-use lesson plans
Kansas State Historical Socienty - Lesson Plans
History
Lesson Plans on Kansas historical topics prepared by Kansas State Historical Society and others using primary sources. Grades 6-12. Pioneer experience and also emphasis on territorial conflict over slavery issues.

Territorial Kansas Online
Outdoor - health and fitness
Emphasis on health and physical fitness: 5 Active Outdoors - Lesson Plans - esp.related to great interactive map to locate nearby outdoor places to go, find trails to walk or run on, design a T-shirt to promote favorite outdoor activity, plan a family outdoor outing - identify benefits, and hiking activities with pedometers and GPS
Go Play Kansas - Activities

Plant - Collecting, Scientific Collections
Two lessons: on how to collect plants for scientific purposes, learning about herbariums - collections of preserved plant specimens for scientific research. Actually use data from K-State Herbarium database.
K-State Biodiversity Information System-Educational Resources

Plant - Herbarium databases, county flora
Lesson Plan: “This Place You Call Home - Flora of Your County” An technology-based activity: Familiarizes students with the KSU Herbarium collections database and how to use it. Then develop queries based on their own county’s flora.
K-State Herbarium - Education
Prairie environmental education program
Outstanding Earth Partnership for Schools program - Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers - designed to get kids outside and in touch with natural surroundings. How to teach about prairie and natural history of Kansas. Participants receive book of lesson plans.
Dyck Arboretum - Education
River-based water, geocaching, map, wildlife
Entire Kansas-river based River Science Curriculum: numerous fully-developed lesson plans on water quality-nutrients, bacteria, pollution (water-testing), watersheds, geocaching, river wildlife-frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, snakes, birds, mussels, tree ID (can easily adapted to Flint Hills rivers)
Friends of the Kaw River Science Curriculum
Soil and soil life
Lesson Plans K-6 “Soil Does More than Get You Dirty.” Wonderful basic hands-on activities and learning centers to teach soil composition, erosion, earthworms, etc. Many other teaching ideas at national NRCS site:
Website
Kansas Natural Resource Conservation Service - Guide to Soil Activites (Grades 1 - 6)
Wildlife
Publication TRACKS disseminates information and educational resources pertaining to the natural, historic, and cultural resources of the prairie, emphasizing Kansas ecology. Pdfs of T.R.A.C.K.S. Learning Activities on wildlife, water, fish, math in nature, water, astronomy, evolution, climate change, deer, aquatic life, etc. Also can download 300+ page Nature’s Notebook full of info on wildlife and kids activities
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism - Education Section