Middle / High School 5-12

See also Spreadsheet of ALL LESSONS - BY GRADE LEVEL & SUBJECT
Plan a Flint Hills Road Trip - Grades 4-12
CREATED BY THE FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Description:  Students will plan a Flint Hills Road Trip visiting at least 4 counties and seeing 7 attractions - in categories such as historical, geological, ecological, artistic, musical, physical recreation, culinary, and agriculture, economics (shopping).  Students will (1) research travel sites to locate features, and then create (2) a map of their Travel Route (3) a Travel Itinerary (with web links where available) of attractions, picnic sites or restaurants, hotels or camp sites (daily schedule) and (4) a Travel Budget (food, lodging, gasoline, entrance fees, souvenirs).
Social Studies, Economics, Sociology; Science, Geology, Ecology; Business; Family & Consumer Science, Family Finance; Language Arts, Writing

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

Discover Your Town:  Using the 8 Rural Culture Elements - adaptable Grades 4-12
CREATED FOR THE FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Take your class on an adventure:  to discover what is right under their noses!  Students explore the unique architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people of their community.  Helpful questions and examples guide the process.  (Can do part of all of project stages). Students assess community resources, and then can create a final project and serve the community by sharing their discoveries.  Kids can feel like they have done something important to help their town. A great school-community joint venture!
Social Studies, Language Arts, Art, Business, Family & Consumer Science

Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie 
- Analysis of Song Lyrics Celebrating Ecosystem - Grades 5-12
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
As background, students interpret maps of historic and current tallgrass prairie ecosystem area (showing only 4% left), discussing reasons for changes and losses of native prairie.  Students respond to the music video of this place-based song celebrating the Flint Hills - largest remaining area of tallgrass prairie.  Through Guided Questions (written or oral), students apply literary terms to song lyrics to determine song structure, identify poetic devices and key ideas, examine word choice, determine cause & effect, and interpret author’s intent.   Assessment includes Literary Terms Vocabulary Quiz.
To extend learning, students are invited to:  write a poem or “anthem”-type song of their own celebrating a special place in their lives, create a video celebrating place, further explore remaining tallgrass prairie through map activities, or research solutions - ways to protect the tallgrass prairie and ranches through conservation easements.
Language Arts, Music, Science, 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
https://sites.google.com/site/teens4thekaw/teacher-s-resources/the-winged-ones-lesson
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.
Science

What’s in the Water? (Water Quality) - Grades 5-12
https://sites.google.com/site/fokhighschoolcurriculum/whats-water
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
http://biodis.k-state.edu/blog/educational-resources/introduction-to-scientific-collections-and-museum-data
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
https://sites.google.com/site/teens4thekaw/teacher-s-resources/stories-in-the-sand-lesson
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.
Science

Freshwater Mussels - Grades 5-12
https://sites.google.com/site/teens4thekaw/teacher-s-resources/mussel-lesson
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.
Science

Where You’re At - Grades 5-12
https://sites.google.com/site/fokhighschoolcurriculum/where
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
http://kansasriver.org/learn/kids-about-water-kaw-project/
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.
Science

Graze Like a Cow - Grades 6-12
http://ksagclassroom.org/education-center/lesson-plans/graze-like-a-cow/
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 Flint Hills - Grades 7-10
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
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.  
See also Osage Place Names (Oklahoma) - final lesson in Osage Language Unit
Social Studies 

Flint Hills Songs & Songwriters - Grades 7-12 (adaptable to lower).
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
As background, students identify characteristics of the Flint Hills as a place: view map of the Flint Hills and discuss its location and geographical boundaries, and review poster (high school map side panel) identifying cultural features of the area.  Then, each student chooses from over 20 songs provided - written and recorded by Flint Hills-area songwriters/performers.  They read Lyrics sheet and listen to on-line recording of the song.  They complete Analysis Questions identifying poetic and literary techniques, and write a personal response paragraph identifying how this is a place-based song - embodying aspects of the Flint Hills landscape and/or culture (quotations required). Other assessment tools includes Literary Terms Quiz.  Extended learning activities in art, music and language arts.
Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Art 

“What the Prairie Teaches Us” - Essay Analysis - Grades 7-12
CREATED FOR THE FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
After brief background on what is a prairie, students read and analyze the content and writing techniques (esp. analogy) of Paul Gruchow's celebrated essay (700 words, 2 pages) describing what people can learn about their place in the human world - by looking at the prairie ecosystem as an example. Reading, organization and writing skills are emphasized. Followup activity charting the 10 analogies plus vocabulary-building exercise.  Students will choose which of the 10 lessons they found most compelling and write a paragraph applying it to a real life situation.
Language Arts-Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening; Science

Beauty of the Flint Hills 
Literary Analysis of Song:   “Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky” 
- Grades 7-12
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Students consider importance of beauty of the Flint Hills - especially scenic, clean horizons. As background to song & video, students locate the Flint Hills elevated ridge-top geography on a map, identify the eco-services of the prairie, and determine the main threats to the clean horizons - including development and woody invasion from suppression of fire in developed areas. Main Activity: Students listen and respond to the music video of this place-based song celebrating the few remaining unspoiled horizons of the Flint Hills. Through Guided Questions (written or oral), students apply literary terms to song lyrics to determine song structure, identify poetic devices and key ideas, examine word choice, determine cause & effect, and interpret author’s intent.   Assessment includes Literary Terms Vocabulary Quiz. Extended Learning explores related Business, Science & Social Studies projects, as well as analysis of songs on related themes.
Language Arts, Music, Science, Art, Business, Social Studies, & Psychology

Local Story-telling Through Ballads Lesson - Grades 7-12
CREATED FOR THE FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
As background, students define “ballad” as a story-telling genre and review typical characteristics of ballads as well as the six stages of plot development and theme, through example of a fairy tale.  Then, students apply these concepts by analyzing up to three songs (two set in the Flint Hills and one from popular culture).  Students listen to song(s) and read lyrics, then identify ballad characteristics, interpret 6 plot stages, and state theme.  To extend learning, students can write their own ballad based on a personal experience, by adapting local folklore (legend) or true story reflecting a significant aspect of their local community’s history and culture.  Students complete Ballads Quiz as assessment reviewing terms, plot stages and ballad characteristics.
Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

Conservation Easements in the Flint Hills - Grades 7-12
CREATED FOR THE FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Students will read and answer discussion questions in background article explaining conservation easements and including special vocabulary terms.  Follow-up activities include vocabulary matching, review questions, and classification exercise.  The student will define conservation easements, understand their ecological importance in the Flint Hills, and interpret their legal effect on landowners.
Social Studies (esp. Government, Economics, Kansas/Oklahoma Studies), Language Arts - reading, writing, speaking, Science - Environmental Studies

Introduction to Perennial Polycultures
Also:  Carbon Re-Sequestration Demonstration - Grades 7-12
CREATED FOR THE FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Students are introduced to a number of agricultural and environmental concepts while learning about innovative perennial polyculture research modeled after the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.  Students read and summarize article, completing vocabulary review.
Companion demonstration describes how turning an annual monoculture into a perennial polyculture increases the available soil organic carbon (can be watched on video or actually performed in class). Students extend learning by further exploring research into development of specific perennial crops, and/or researching the life and work of Kansas visionary Wes Jackson
Science, Biology, Ecology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Language Arts-Reading & Writing

Geocaching - Grades 8-12
https://sites.google.com/site/fokhighschoolcurriculum/geocache/geocaching
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
https://www.k-state.edu/herbarium/education.html
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