Place-Based Learning Activities
Learning Through ExperiencesPlace-based education immerses students in local heritage, culture, landscapes, and experiences; and then utilizes those activities as the basis for studying a variety of academic disciplines. This innovative teaching method strengthens students' engagement and commitment to their local environment and community. Explore this collection of free resources to integrate place-based education principles within your Flint Hills studies.
Place-based lesson plans, teaching resources, and websites for studying the Flint Hills from local organizations.
|Agriculture, Wildlife||Kansas Ag in the Classroom|
Over 150 lesson plans related primarily to agriculture but some wildlife. Searchable by subject, grade level, or commodity.
|Environment||Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education|
Promotes science-based, environmental education with workshops and conferences for teachers.
|History||Kansas State Historical Society|
Teacher-made lesson plans on Kansas history, large variety of ready-to-use plans.
|History||Read Kansas! - Kansas State Historical Society|
Social Studies, reading and writing lesson plans for K-12 correlated to state standards. Students use primary source materials, see multiple perspectives, and interpret complex text.
|History||Territorial Kansas Online|
Lesson plans on Kansas history prepared by Kansas State Historical Society for grades 6-12. Emphasis on pioneer experience and territorial conflict over slavery issues.
|Nature||Kansas Wildscape, Outdoor Kansas for Kids|
Promotes outdoor nature-related events for kids around the state.
|Plants||K-State Herbarium - Flora of Your County Lesson Plan|
Familiarizes students with the KSU Herbarium collections database and how to use it, then they develop queries based on their own county’s flora.
|Prairie Environmental Education Program||Dyck Arboretum Summer Institute|
An Earth Partnership for Schools program for K-12 teachers. Learn how to teach about the prairie and natural history of Kansas. Participants receive book of lesson plans.
|Soil, Soil Life||Kansas Natural Resource Conservation Service, Guide to Soil Activities|
Lesson plans for K-6 with basic, hands-on activities and learning centers to teach soil composition, erosion, earthworms, and more.
|Water, Rivers||Friends of the Kaw River Science Curriculum|
Entire Kansas-based river curriculum with numerous fully-developed lesson plans on a variety of water topics, can easily be adapted to Flint Hills rivers.
|Wildlife||Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism|
Educational materials for preschoolers through adults to promote an understanding and appreciation for Kansas wildlife, wetlands, and other natural resources.
|Wildlife||Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites|
Grant program to fund construction of small wildlife habitat areas on school grounds.
Place-based lesson plans and teaching resources on topics adaptable to the Flint Hills.
Water education for teachers; features lesson plans, webinars, and extensive teaching resources. Goal is to advocate water education in solving world’s most pressing water issues.
|Environment & Wildlife||Project WILD|
Active, outdoor, nature-based lesson plans; resource materials for students, and ideas for activities to get kids outside in natural places and learning. Many are free for download.
|Geography, Map Making||National Geographic Education|
Diverse and multi-faceted map-making activities for students with tutorials.
|Geology||US Geologic Survey|
Schoolyard geology; lessons on mapping your schoolyard, sedimentary rocks, and more.
|Life Science, Earth & Space Science||Concord Consortium|
Free K-12 and above activities in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, engineering, math, and physics. Activities can be selected by subject or grade level.
|Nature's Cycles||Partners in Place|
Project for children to observe nature and record changes and cycles over time in Phenology Wheel Booklet (PDF).
|Nature's Cycles, Rain||University of Wisconsin Earth Partnership Program|
Thorough environmental lesson plans and sample activities from K-12 Curriculum Guide including adaptable Rain Garden activities and K-12 Phenology Wheel Curriculum. To access entire guide, you must take the Earth Partnership workshop offered at Dyck Arboretum.
|Precipitation||Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network|
Lesson plans on precipitation including equipment and measuring, data entry, conservation, reading rain gauges, and history of the sky-observing climate.
A collection of websites that offer additional learning around place-based education.
Examples of place-based student projects and activities.
|Getting Smart: Place-Based Education|
Wealth of current articles, podcasts, program examples of place-based learning.
|Promise of Place|
Defines place-based education and offers in-depth project descriptions cross-referenced for searches.