For Educators: Flint Hills Teaching Resources

NOTE:  Participating schools can receive Professional Development training from Map Program (at no cost).  

We have four categories of Flint Hills teaching resources:

1. MAP EXHIBITS - pdfs for classroom 

  • Map Exhibits for classroom projection - three levels/versions available here
  • Docs of text on each of three exhibits


  • Ready-to-use full length formal Lesson Plans and Unit Plans
  • Each includes Activities, Materials, Time Needed, Standards/Benchmarks, Assessment, Special Needs/Extension, Technology, etc.
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  • Over 250 projects - many adaptable to all grade levels
  • Listed in 13 Subject areas and fully cross-referenced for multi-subject activities - be sure to check related subjects for more ideas.
  • Brief format:
    • Topic and objectives
    • Critical thinking questions
    • Suggested activity/assessment
    • Subject area(s) - do search to find more activities for your subject
    • Curriculum Standards - link to this document at top of page
    • Resources - links to suggested starter resources (see also extensive Information Resources section)



Links to resources offered by other organizations

What is place-based education? 

Place-based education immerses students in local landscape, culture and community as a foundation for the study of standard skills in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and all subject areas.

Why use place-based education?

A wealth of studies document improved student achievement through programs connecting learning to place.  

Educators report that students
  • Become increasingly engaged and enthusiastic about learning connected to their own place and experience
  • Feel empowered to make positive contributions to their community and outdoor environment
Place-based learning
  • Builds students' sense of place, pride and identity
  • Creates vibrant partnerships between schools & communities
  • Boosts student achievement

Please give us feedback on your experiences with our materials - what works or doesn't. Share supplemental materials you develop for them.  Submit your own lesson plans or learning activity ideas.  Write a blog.  See "How to Share Ideas" 

NOTE:  Participating schools can receive In-service/Professional Development training free-of-charge in how to use this website.