Flint Hills Map Exhibit Unit

UNIT OVERVIEW: Four activities to guide and extend learning from the schools’ Flint Hills Map and educational Side Panels (use pdfs for classroom projection).  (Grades 3-12)

RECOMMENDED:  Teachers Guide to Flint Hills Map Exhibit Unit

  • Recommend follow Teacher's Guide which explains sequence, materials, management, assessment, etc. (contains Materials links, but are Read-Only)
  • PRINT MATERIALS from Links Below 

1. Guided Tour of Flint Hills Map

OVERVIEW: Students explore & interpret Flint Hills Map (on left side of exhibit) and lower right section of Side Panel through Guided Questions. Recommend done in small groups so students can look closely at map.  See Teacher’s Guide 

2. Guided Tour of Exhibit Side Panels

OVERVIEW: Students explore & interpret text and art on their-level-exhibit’s right-hand Side Panel and through Guided Questions.  See Teacher’s Guide 

 “Prairie Grasses” - ELEMENTARY Side Panel Tour

“The Four Earth Cycles” - MIDDLE school Side Panel Tour

“Humans in the Flint Hills” - HIGH school/College Side Panel Tour

3. Flint Hills Region Map Activity

To be completed after the Guided Tour of main exhibit Flint Hills Map.

OVERVIEW: Students extend and apply map skills through deeper exploration of region’s geographical features: labeling regional map with cities, counties, transportation, public lands, also special sections on Understanding Local Water Resources; Using Map Tools; Analyzing Dual Boundaries of Flint Hills.  See Teacher’s Guide 

For abbreviated activity adapted from above Flint Hills Region Map Activity (question No. 10), see: Using Map Coordinates to Create a Location Index - Student Handout and Teacher's KEY

See related geography activities in Social Studies Lesson Plan: Flint Hills Place Names.

4. Your County Map Activity

Overview: Students extend and apply mapping skills by creating their own outline map of their owncounty - learning about local resources: tallgrass prairie, transportation, communities, landmarks, water resources. Also, students plot locations and calculate distances. This is a hands-on activity to explore local region and apply fundamental map skills.  See Teacher’s Guide