All Grade Levels - Adaptable K-12

Introduction to the Flint Hills - Grades K-12
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM

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 Subjects, esp. Science, Social Studies, Art

Flint Hills Map Exhibit Unit - All Levels: K-12
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM

Activities related to discovering the wealth of information contained in the Flint Hills Map Exhibit itself. (These can be done either with school's wall-mounted exhibit or with PDFs of exhibit).
Guided Tour - Flint Hills Map - (same for Elem, Middle, High): Interprets all main map features in map and Legend/Key plus info in lower right sections of Locator Map, Last Stand Facts.
Also three levels of Guided Qs of Side Panels - interprets educational art and text on upper right side - which are in 3 different versions Elementary, 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 explains unit and contains links to all activity documents.
All Subjects, especially Social Studies, Science, Math

Reading:  Eight Great Place-Based Nonfiction Texts Grades K-8+ (Lexiles listed with each book)
CREATED FOR FLINT HILL MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM 
This is a list of high-interest, people-centered books connected to the Flint Hills or Kansas. They are all accompanied by suggestions for one day lessons, making them perfect to incorporate into any Language Arts curriculum. There is a certain thrill to reading about a place that the reader calls home, and each of these books is an opportunity to share that thrill with students. We have provided some suggestions for topics that these books could be used to teach along with guiding questions. All of these would be good mentor texts for one or more of the 6+1 writing traits as well. We have tried to link to resources that may be helpful to teaching with these texts. The books could be used as stand-alone lessons, read-alouds, book studies, or as parts of larger units, but most importantly they will root your students in this wonderful place we call home.
Reading - Language Arts, Social Studies, Music, Dance, Physical Education-Basketball
Seasonal Wheelscape - Outdoor Art Journal of Prairie Seasonal Changes - Grades K-12
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Students learn about seasons and cycles by going to the same place in an outdoor natural area (ideally) four times during the year and using all their senses to observe what is happening in nature.  Students make a drawing of what they see, and discuss with the class what they saw and why these changes happen in nature at this time.  Older students can complete larger sketches, record written notes, and conduct background research.
Science, Art

Tallgrass Print-Making   Grades 2-10 (depending on depth of background)
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Students will create a color print of one or more of the four main tallgrasses:  Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Indian Grass, and Switchgrass.  By observing, drawing, and then printing the various grass seedheads & anatomy, students will develop skills in recognizing plant physiology and identifying these main tallgrass prairie species.
Students will also learn the fundamentals of transferring images through print-making.
Science, Art

Prairie Communities Role Play - Jolly Rancher John & Bad Bart- Grades 3-10
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM 
Students role play interactions in biodiverse prairie community. 
In background powerpoint, students learn names of special prairie plants and animals and how they interact within a biodiverse prairie community. Students are introduced to two basic range management practices: setting appropriate stocking rates to avoid over-grazing, and using prescribed burning to suppress invader plants. Each student is assigned a part and physical actions to role play in dramatization of prairie community interaction in two quite different pasture scenes: first, under good range management and next, under poor management.
Review questions reinforce main concepts and vocabulary. Substantive and fun activity - gets kids up and moving!
Science, Range Management

Flint Hills Wildflowers - Music Video & Activities - adaptable Grades 3-12 
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Students learn about 24 Flint Hills wildflowers through song lyrics illustrated with photos and plant names.  Choice of follow-up activities: With color flash cards and review questions, students learn to identify all the flowers, explore importance of biodiversity, and find literary devices in the song lyrics.  Students create a classroom art collage of the flowers.  Students examine how people can support their values in a non-profit organization through case study of the Kansas Native Plant Society.
Music, Reading, Language Arts, Art, Social Studies, Science