Place-Based Learning Resources

Place-based learning is a transformative educational approach that leverages the local community and environment as primary resources for learning. This method not only fosters a deeper connection between students and their surroundings but also brings in a plethora of community experts to enrich the learning experience. Landscape architects can guide students in planning community gardens or naturalization spaces. Town or city waste managers can be pivotal in helping students design a comprehensive school recycling or composting program. The agricultural sector, including farmers and gardeners, can collaborate with schools to plan lunch programs centered on organic and locally grown food, while chefs can offer insights into health, nutrition, and food preparation. Botanists can provide a deep dive into the world of plants, and electricians can illuminate the intricacies of electricity. Authors can mentor students in writing and illustrating books, and Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers can share invaluable cultural and historical insights. These collaborations not only make learning authentic but also foster a sense of community and real-world problem-solving. For those interested in delving deeper into place-based learning, numerous resources, including articles from Edutopia, Getting Smart, and the Kohala Center, provide comprehensive insights and examples of its implementation.

Where?Learning Focus?
School yardWriting poems about natureStudying the soil, plants, trees, clouds, bugs, weather, 
communityMayor-politics      Engineer-Science
Woodlot, forest, Physical Science-trees, vegetation, ecosystems
waterwayEnvironmental pollution, water quality, animal life cycles, habitats, food chains, 
mountains,  grasslands, forests, Wellness, physical activity, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, geography, landforms, erosion, 
Local businesses

Connecting with Local Experts

landscape architect plan a community garden, naturalization space…
town/city waste managerdesign a school recycling/composting program
farmers/gardenersPlan a school lunch program based on organic/locally grown food Agriculture education
chefHealth, nutrition, food preparation
authorWrite, illustrate a book
Indigenous Elder/Knowledge Keeper

Articles with examples of authentic learning experiences.Learning Partners: Co-Teaching With Community Experts  COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPSReal-World Problem Solving: Project-Based Solutions           SERVICE LEARNINGPlace-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom  PLACE-BASED LEARNING Aligning the Projects With the Standards  PLACE-BASED LEARNING (PBL) ‘I Wonder’ Questions: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING Using Community Experts to Extend Teaching            COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPSEmpowering Kids to Be Part of the Solution SERVICE LEARNINGLearning Kids Can Put Their Hands On PLACE-BASED LEARNING

Place-Based Learning Resources Available in IMC

Online Land-Based / Place-Based Learning Resources enter subject and grade level range (NOT common core) and SEARCH.There are MANY lesson plans, student activities & teacher resources for math, science, social studies and language arts.Grade level ranges to choose from are lower elementary (K-2), upper elementary (3-5), middle school (6-8), high school (9-12).
**(This is an American site with content featuring National Parks in the USA but MANY of the activities, lesson plans & resources can still be used/modified). Kindergarten student scientists explore their schoolyard 
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