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Place-Based Learning

Location, location, location! See what happens when schoolwork explores students’ connections with local history, environment, culture, or economy.

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  • Going Outdoors to Inspire Student Writing

    Exposure to natural environments gives learners a change of place and pace that can help them strengthen their literacy skills.
    James Fester
  • Using Field Trips to Enliven Local History Classes

    These ideas for high school field trips teach students about the history of their community in ways that connect to the curriculum.
  • With Safety in Mind, Schools Take Classes Outdoors

    There are plenty of logistics to consider, but educators say outdoor classes keep kids and teachers safer—and provide much-needed fresh air.
  • A Handy Framework for Designing Units of Study

    People, places, and problems offer rich opportunities for real-world learning. This unit design framework ensures engaging, aligned learning objectives, experiences, and assessments.
  • A Multimedia Approach to Place-Based Education

    By identifying and documenting important places and spaces at school, students become stewards of their learning environment.
  • How to Facilitate Meaningful Outdoor Learning

    Exploring the natural world is a powerful strategy for middle and high school. Here are four ways to get students learning outside.
  • Using Inquiry to Create Inspiring Field Trips

    When students approach a field trip with the goal of answering their own questions, they get to be in charge of what they learn
  • How Monuments Can Support Place-Based Learning

    Analyzing a monument can guide students to engage in observation, decoding, and inquiry, sparking curiosity and deeper learning.
  • 4 Steps to Establishing a Place-Based Learning Program

    Immersing students in their communities allows them to learn about the world from right in their own backyards.
  • ‘But What About the Polar Bears?’ Centering Student Interests in Place-Based Learning

    Teachers can boost elementary students’ engagement by exploring their interests and connecting them to units of study.
  • Using Place-Based Learning to Teach Middle School Students About Climate Change

    Climate change lessons become more relevant to students when they learn about how it’s affecting their communities.
  • Using Place-Based Learning to Explore Immigration History

    High school teachers can give students a chance to gain insights into their community by exploring the nuances of immigration patterns.
  • Using Origami to Teach Children About Endangered Animals

    As elementary students turn squares of paper into animals they’re studying, the age-old Japanese art form makes lessons more memorable.
  • How to Set Up Outdoor Class Time With Elementary Students

    Spending time outside one day each week helps students find a sense of calm and become careful observers of the natural world.
  • Outdoor Science Lessons Foster Environmental Stewardship

    By creating opportunities for students to study outside, teachers can connect their classes to nature through hands-on lessons.

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