Flint Hills Map Exhibit Unit

NOTE:  THESE LESSON PLANS ARE STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT



Teacher's Guide


Flint Hills Mapping & Geography Activities Unit


Subject & Topic Areas
  • Social Studies - Geography of the Flint Hills - The students will identify county seats, towns, transportation, school districts, public access lands, local landmarks; utilize map-reading and map-making skills
  • Science - The students will compare Ecology (Biology) vs. Physiography (Earth Science, Geology)
  • Mathematics - The students will calculate distances with map scale and create a location index from map grid
Grade Level
  • Adaptable 3 - 12
  • Lower grades - select / reduce number of questions, simplify language
Curriculum Standard/Benchmark
  • To be supplied later
Summary of Activities & Time Length
  • Time length -
    • Vary by grade level - activities can be edited - choose sections and questions to fit needs
    • Time also dependent on amount of discussion
    • Some map work may be done independently as homework
  • Recommend this unit follow “Introduction to the Flint Hills” Lesson, though not required.
I. On-site Map Exhibit “Guided Tour”- to be completed on site of the Exhibit: Whole Class or Small Groups
  • Guided Tour of Main Map Exhibit-Interpreting the Map
    • Part I - Natural Features
    • Discussion with Guided note-taking Activity - handout - est. high school level: 45 min
  • Guided Tour of Main Map Exhibit-Interpreting the Map
    • Part II - Communities and Transportation
    • Discussion with Guided note-taking Activity - handout - est. high school level: 45 min
  • C. Guided Tour of Exhibit Side Panel - Interpreting the Side Panel
    • Note: See Map Exhibit Text documents in Information Resources for copies of wording on the Exhibit Side Panels
    • Elementary
    • Middle school
    • High school/College)
    • Discussion with Guided note-taking Activity - handout - est. 45 min

II. Classroom Activities - extend and apply Map Exhibit principles
  • Flint Hills Region Map - Activity - Part I -General Geography
    • Discussion With Handout - est. high school level: 45 min.
    • See related geography activities in Social Studies Lesson Plan: Flint Hills Place Names.
  • Flint Hills Region Map - Activity - Part II -Water Resources
    • Discussion With Handout - est. high school level: 45 min.
  • Your County Map Activity
    • Discussion With Handout - est. high school level: 75 min.
III. Additional Related Projects: See Flint Hills Learning Activities - Review Index/Search topics
  • All Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Career, Ag, Tech
  • Family Consumer
  • Foreign Languages
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Music
  • Phys Ed Health
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Guidelines to Activities


These are best done as Guided Activities with some scaffolding and teacher assistance.
Alternative approaches to activities:
  • Teacher-led discussions with whole class - review all questions together and students record answers on Guided Note-taking handout (can do a few sections at a time) or after teacher providing background introduction of main concepts and terminology,
  • Students in small groups to answer all questions on own (can do a few sections at a time) - then review as a group
  • Students in small groups answer one or two sections of questions on own - then present and share with group
I. On-site Map Exhibit “Guided Tour”- to be completed on site of the Exhibit: Whole Class or Small Groups
List of Materials Needed:
  • For Main Map Tour - same for all levels (teachers will need to adapt to their grade level) - Give students “Guided Tour of Map Exhibit - Interpreting the Map - Guided Note-taking Activity” handouts (Parts I and II)
  • For Side Panel Tours give students appropriate handout below (these sections of the exhibit are different for three school levels):
  • Elementary: Prairie Grasses - Interpreting the Exhibit
  • Middle School: Earth Cycles - Interpreting the Exhibit
  • High School: Humans in the Flint Hills - Interpreting the Exhibit
Have students bring a stiff notebook (to place paper on to write answers while standing or sitting on-site at exhibit)

Classroom Activities


  • To extend and apply Map Exhibit principles
  • To be completed after the On-site Map Exhibit Activities
List Materials Needed
  • Ruler - To measure distances
  • Flint Hills Mapping and Geography - PowerPoint (special maps and illustration/photos) for both Regional and County map activities: to explain assignment and provide supplemental maps to help students answer certain questions
  • Pass out to each student (and can show on-screen PowerPoint) Flint Hills Region - Reference Map. Be sure to print county info on back: Flint Hills Reference Map - Back side (reusable - students don’t write on this) - This reference will answer most questions - Labeled with county abbreviations, major cities, rivers and lakes, interstate highways, preserves (county seats located on front but not labeled - they are listed on back side)
  • Flint Hills Region - Activity - Questions (students write some answers on these general question sheets, and also place labels and markings as directed on their Activity Map)
  • Flint Hills Region - Activity Map (students write on these)
  • Labeled with county abbreviations. These have the following located but not labeled: county seats, major cities, rivers and lakes, interstate highways, preserves
  • For Your County Map activity: students can make their own outline maps of their county, or teachers can prepare one and handout to students. Graph paper grid paper on backing would be helpful but not necessary. This is a low-tech, hands-on activity to give students map fundamentals and explore local region.
See separate keys and teacher’s guide for each activity for specific guidance through these two classroom activities