High School / College 9-12+

Flint Hills Research Project - Grades 9-12
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM 

Fully integrated, sequenced unit - for Documented Essay containing Cause and Effect analysis on Flint Hills / place-based topics. (Sixteen classes - each 85-minute blocks)
Includes helpful ready-made tools for teacher to guide students to success in self-management and independent learning: Calendar - breaks up into steps & sets mini-deadlines, Student Contract Slip, Tracking Student Progress - Chart, Topic Choice Report Forms, Interview Appointment Slip.
Includes use of Primary Sources - Learn interview skills, citing primary sources; also How to Write a Thank You Note.
Skills: steps in research, types of evidence, using keywords, citations and documentation, quoting, paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism, outlining, introductions, conclusions, cause and effect topic sentences, revision.
Cross -curricular (All Subjects depending on topic): Language Arts + Social Studies, Science, etc.

Everything Is Connected - Grades 9-12
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM

Students examine and form conjectures regarding connections between ecosystem elements - plants, animals, weather, etc., exploring food chains, food webs, dependence of organisms, interactions and dynamics in ecosystems.
Students create and explain these connections through a visual representation of this complex web of relationships.
Science - Biology

Prairie Jeopardy Game - Grades 9-12 http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/files/6413/3977/5469/What20a20prairie20is20and20isnt.pdf
Illinois Natural History Survey - Prairie Research Institute
A game played by five students (four players and a judge) teaches important characteristics of a prairie ecosystem. The game incorporates a series of true or false questions that allow students to advance their positions on a game board. Illinois was part of the tallgrass prairie, so most of the questions are applicable to the Flint Hills or can be adapted to Flint Hills. Excellent set of substantive questions about the tallgrass prairie!
Science

Using Mathematics in Local Problem-solving: Determining Energy Efficiency of Older Schools (Grades 9-12)
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
This classic problem-solving project has special relevance for students when it affects the very environments in which they are working, but it could actually be modified to tackle other public policy decisions regarding allocation of scarce financial resources in our rural Flint Hills communities. To give our students experience in real world problem-solving, we combined Advanced Mathematics students (seniors) with our Algebra I students (freshmen) and posed the question to them: “Are our school buildings efficient and how do we know?”  They brainstormed in small groups and then shared information with the larger group. One of the best aspects of the project was the students running into obstacles and finding solutions to those problems as a team without much help from teachers. Students were surprised by many facts they uncovered throughout the project and were eager to share their findings with our community and administration.
Subjects:  Mathematics, English Language Arts: Speaking & Listening
Plant Collections - - Grades 9-12
http://biodis.k-state.edu/educational-resources/carlson-unit-introduction/
K-State Biodiversity Information Systems
These materials are an educational lesson aimed at the high school level and focused on collection of plant specimens for herbaria. These materials were developed by former Wabaunsee County High School teacher Tonia Carlson as part of her experience as an NSF Research Experiences for Teachers
Science

Frog & Toad Lesson Plan - Grades 9-12
https://sites.google.com/site/fokhighschoolcurriculum/natural-history/frogs-toads/frog-toad-lesson-plan
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
Students investigate the taxonomy, biology, and habitat requirements of six common species, create an online or e-field guide, and map habitat areas in their neighborhood.
Science

Climate Science in Focus - Earth as a System - Grades 9-12
https://www.nps.gov/teachers/classrooms/climate-science-in-focus-earth-as-a-system.htm
National Park Service
Students will learn about the four Earth systems and how they are connected. Students will be able to:
1. Explain the Earth as a system of interconnected parts
2. Properly define and use Earth science vocabulary
Science

Prescribed Burning and Air Quality (Grades 10-12)
CREATED FOR FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM
In this lesson students will be examining the amount of grass particulate matter in the air during the range burning season.  Indoor and outdoor samples should be collected prior to and during the peak burning season.  Students will be examining the essential question “Are range management regulations necessary to protect our air quality?”
Environmental Science