LESSON PLANS are full format, formal Lesson Plans. LEARNING ACTIVITIES are brief format.
Curriculum Standards are in process of being added to ALL ACTIVITIES - by early July.
- Flint Hills-based Learning Activities to integrate Flint Hills into existing curriculum
- These activities illustrate place-based education in presenting core curriculum within the local context - directly relating to students’ own local environment and community.
Finding Learning Activities for Your Class
Learning Activities are listed in 12 subject areas though most of the activities are cross-curricular. At the end of the paragraph section in parentheses first is the primary subject, followed by related subjects. For example:
- Science, Business - primary subject is Science, but the lesson also is related to skills in Business.
- After going through your subject’s activities, find many more related activity ideas. Use search box to find your subject listed under related activities in other subject sections.
The Learning Activities that are listed first (with links to teaching materials) are fully developed lesson plans found in our Teaching Resources-Lesson Plans section. The rest of these Activities are not in formal lesson in brief format: statement of topic and objective, critical questions, an assessment activity, and statement of main and related subject areas. [NOTE: CURRICULUM STANDARDS ARE BEING ADDED TO THESE IN SUMMER 2016.] You can do these activities as a class, or individuals/groups can tackle them as independent projects.
Grade Level Adaptation
Though lesson plans are listed by grade level, most can be adapted to any age. Most of the other learning activities can be adapted to various grade levels, from elementary to high school, depending on your approach and depth. For younger students, just choose one part of the activity and complete as a teacher-guided lesson. Older students can do more independent investigation, even going beyond what is stated.
Adapt and Share - How to Share Page
Please modify and adapt these activity ideas and share your experiences with other teachers in our blog, and send us new ideas, approaches, and best resources to share with others in our Flint Hills teaching community. See how to share the page. Also, if you develop any supporting materials to go with these activities, or actually develop any into formal lesson plans, we would appreciate your sharing them with us so we can add them to this site. We value your teaching expertise and knowledge of your own place in the Flint Hills. We will recognize contributing educators on our contributing teachers page. With teacher input, we can grow and develop this program.
How to Manage Flint Hills Curriculum Within Your School
We encourage administrators to leave it open to teachers to choose activities they feel would best fit their background and grade or course subject matter. Encourage them to:
- Check with instructors of cross-referenced subjects to avoid duplication
- Keep a centrally-accessible record of which lessons have been taught in which subject area and at what level in the schoo.