Middle / High School 5-12

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving  - Grades 4-12
National Museum of the American Indian
Teacher’s guide explains American Indian perspectives on Thanksgiving and how the events occurred in American history. Broad range of themes and activities - adaptable for younger & older students: Environment - Understanding the Natural World; Community - Group Identity in Culture, Encounters - Effect on Culture. See more info and resources at: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/623?ref=search
Social Studies

Living With the LandGrades 5-12 
PBS Learning Media
Some Native American tribes moved from region to region with the seasons. Background essay compares cultural views of land of Native Americans vs. white settlers. Discussions Questions, further research resources. Students could prepare graphic organizer comparing these two groups’ views of land.
Social Studies

Birds: “The Winged Ones: How Like & Different from Us” - Grades 5-12
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
Students will look at birds, either around the school, or on a field trip. From what they see they will discuss a series of questions, including identification, physiology, behavior, habitat, etc.

What’s in the Water? (Water Quality) - Grades 5-12
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
This set of interconnected lessons takes us through the process of investigating surface water quality. The focus is on physical and chemical properties that can be easily studied with the minimum of specialized equipment. Lessons: Water Quality, Nutrients, Bacteria, Pollution from Stormwater Runoff, Water Purification, Field Notebooks, Water Quality Jigsaw. [test kit ordering info]
See also Geocaching - Water Quality Challenge - Lesson https://sites.google.com/site/fokhighschoolcurriculum/geocache/stormwater-cachechallege/water-quality-challenge
See also River Atlas: Water Quality Issues: https://sites.google.com/site/friendsofthekaw/river-atlas/water-quality Pollution from runoff; Nutrients, Algal Blooms & Bacteria; Sand and gravel dredging; Industrial Pollution; Stormwater
What is a Fish Consumption Advisory? http://kansasriver.org/paddle-and-fish/fishermans-corner/fish-consumption-advisory/
Science & Math

Introduction to Scientific Collections and Museum Databases - Grades 5-12
K-State Biodiversity Information Systems
This lesson is an introduction to scientific collections and the types of data associated with them. Students will learn that an herbarium is a collection of preserved plant specimens for scientific research. They will learn that collections data are primary scientific data, and will gain experience accessing and working with data from the Kansas State University Herbarium database.
This lesson includes a tutorial and a worksheet designed to accompany the tutorial. The worksheet includes introductory questions about museum collections and questions that depend on the students following the steps in the tutorial.
Science, Technology

Tracking Lesson - Grades 5-12
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
Gets students to look at marks in the sand (tracks, scrapes, wet spots, shed feathers and fur, faeces, etc.) as ways of obtaining information about events and the community ecology of a location. Appropriate questions to ask the students include; what tracks can you find? Are these from mammals (including humans), birds, reptiles, amphibians, even vehicles? How many types of entity (being) are represented in one area? Which tracks seem oldest? Which are most fresh? How can you tell? Students will record findings, make a plaster cast of tracks.

Freshwater Mussels - Grades 5-12
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
Students will learn about mussel shells and how to identify different types. Basic mussel biology, including anatomy and ecology, will be presented. An emphasis will be placed on the fact that mussels are a vital part of the ecology of the Kansas River, but many species are endangered and losing them from the ecosystem will harm the river; in contrast, there are also introduced species that are creating problems.

Where You’re At - Grades 5-12
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
Students create personal maps using Google Maps. Students examine the impact of their activities on local energy and water resources. Lessons include: Mapping Student Data, Mapping Our Impact, Kansas River Watershed (can substitute other), How to Make Maps.
Science & Social Studies

Native American Heritage: Native Sports - Grades 6-12
Newspapers in Education-The Oklahoman
Explore the Native American connections to many of today’s popular sports. Background info and activities on Native American athletes and traditional games
Physical Education, Social Studies

Kids About Water - Grades 6-12
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
The KAW Project is a five-lesson water quality issues and actions curriculum: intro to watersheds and best management practices; field experiences and data collection; interpreting data, problem-solving issues & actions. Prior to the KAW Project, students are given a survey to assess knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors concerning water quality issues and actions.

Graze Like a Cow - Grades 6-12
Kansas Ag in Classroom lesson
45-60 Min. Students will learn the biology of how a cow digests the grasses they eat, compare quality of forage (overgrazed versus healthy), and the effects of the animal’s environment to its production.
Science & Math

*Place Names in the Kansas Flint Hills - Grades 7-10
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 

Geocaching - Grades 8-12
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
Students will employ an understanding of latitude, longitude, and other basic geography tools. Students will learn more about the Kaw River [can adapt lessons to other rivers/watersheds], gain an understanding of the watershed, the native plants and animals, and how humans affect these things. Geocaching is a fun and useful technology to learn, and it will exercise both the mind and body. The main excercise for this lesson is to have the students look for hidden caches by following coordinates given to them in their GPS units. There are many things to learn and discover, some examples are: Native flowers and trees, Locating water gardens, Animal tracks, the history of the area or of the river.
Science & Social Studies

This Place You Call Home: The Flora of Your County - Grades 8-12
Kansas State University Herbarium
In this lesson, students use online resources to learn about the flora of their home county. The students will compile data about their county flora using primary scientific data from the online Kansas State University (KSU) Herbarium database. They will learn how to access additional sources of primary data about geology, geography, etc. to enhance their study. This activity can be modified to accommodate individual or group projects. This lesson will take at least two class periods to complete and, depending on the product your students produce, time outside of class may be needed.
Science, Technology

Native American Heritage: Contemporary Arts - Grades 8-12
Newspapers in Education - The Oklahoman
Explore Native American culture through the vibrant and symbolic visual arts. Many resources and activities, artist info, examples of art, analysis.
Art, Social Studies

Native American Heritage: Traditional Arts - Grades 8-12
Newspapers in Education - The Oklahoman
Explore Native American culture through the vibrant and symbolic visual arts. Extensive vocabulary, examples of art. Virtual design and other activities.
Art, Social Studies

Native American Heritage: Oklahoma Indian Country Guide - Grades 8-12
Newspapers in Education - The Oklahoman
An Overview of Oklahoma's 39 Tribal Nations. Excellent on-line booklet on all tribes with culture & history, maps & demographics. Activities in back - esp. recommend with regard to tribes & nations with headquarters or reservations in or near Osage / Flint Hills. In Oklahoma: Osage, Kaw/Kansa, Ponca, Tonkawa, Delaware. In Kansas: Potawatomie, and Kickapoo.: Select two tribes and research how the tribes are maintaining their culture today. Select two tribes and research the tribe’s traditional form of government. Since coming to Oklahoma, has the tribe’s form of government changed? If so, in what ways?
Social Studies

Native American Heritage: Food Ways - Grades 8-12
Newspapers in Education - The Oklahoman
Help your students grow their knowledge about the roles of Native foods in Oklahoma’s history and heritage. Excellent booklet: “Native American Foodways.” Recommend Lessons 3 & 4.
Family & Consumer Science, Social Studies

Native American Heritage: The Guardian - Tribal Flags - Grades 8-12
Newspapers in Education - The Oklahoman
Tribal flags have an abundance of stories to tell about Native American heritage. Esp. note flags of tribes & nations with headquarters or reservations in or near Osage / Flint Hills. In Oklahoma: Osage, Kaw/Kansa, Ponca, Tonkawa, Delaware. In Kansas: Potawatomie, and Kickapoo.
Art & Design, Social Studies