Educator Resources: Curriculum, Professional Development and More!

Here you will find a number of our recommended Educator Resources!

Teacher’s Guides

A Teacher’s Guide To Nēnē- Our Endangered State Bird:  This resource provides teachers with the necessary background information to connect 4th and 5th grade students to learning more our state bird, the nēnē. Teachers can use this guide to engage student in learning activities that are both rigorous and relevant covering topics like nēnē behaviors, population growth, and diet. { need link to PDF of guide}

A Teacher’s Guide to Endangered Birds of Hawai‘i:  As part of our rich natural heritage, the native birds of Hawai‘i can be a fascinating topic of study. By exciting your students’ curiosity to learn more about these birds, you may open the door to a new opportunity for discovering more about the diverse and colorful wildlife Hawai‘i has to offer. The activities presented in this guide are designed to raise students’ awareness so that as concerned citizens they may help to prevent further loss of Hawai‘i’s unique and endangered bird species. Use the Printable Activities (Grades 3-7) and Coloring Book Fact Sheets (Forest Jewels Coloring Book v2) together to expand student knowledge of our native forest birds. {need pdf of guide and fact sheet}

Place-based Curriculum

‘Ōhi‘a Project:  From 1986 to 1989, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), along with Bishop Museum and the Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE), developed and disseminated the ‘Ōhi‘a Project Curriculum. The project is named for the ‘ōhi‘a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha), an  important endemic tree in many native Hawaiian forests. The goal of the ‘Ōhi‘a Project was to assist Hawai‘i schools in implementing effective environmental education curricula to aid teachers and students in making informed choices for our island environment. {need link to website}

Hōʻike o Haleakalā:  Hōʻike o Haleakalā is a multi-disciplinary, science-based environmental education curriculum designed to help sustain the native Hawaiian landscape and culture by helping students establish and deepen connections to the land and the culture it supports. The Hōʻike curriculum supports State of Hawaiʻi high school educational standards, particularly in the science disciplines. Each activity is correlated to state science standards, offering educators a way to fulfill educational requirements using local ecosystems and issues as a context. These materials help bring science home for students while fostering a strong science background and critical-thinking skills. Hōʻike o Haleakalā is a downloadable curriculum for High School. Although it uses specific examples from Maui, many can be easily adapted for other islands.

Under The Hawaiian Sky:  Explore the many ecological zones and habitats of our islands and discover why Hawai‘i is one of the most special places on Earth through this web-resource from ‘Ōhi‘a Productions’ popular touring show “Under The Hawaiian Sky.” Here you will find lesson plans, songs, and lots of good information about Forest Zones, Adaptive Radiation, Endangered Species, and Hawai‘i’s Watersheds.


Books and CDs

Wao Akua: Sacred Source of Life:  Available for teachers at a 30% discount at our Kalanimoku Building office. Also available in local bookstores. {insert picture}

From The Land And Sea:  Favorite music from ‘Ōhi‘a Productions’ traveling theater is now available on CD as a resource for schools. Copies available at our Kalanimoku Building office. {insert picture)