Educator Resources: Curriculum, Professional Development and More!

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.

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) together to expand student knowledge of our native forest birds.

Place-based Curriculum

Project Aloha ‘Āina:  The Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) developed this curriculum for 4th grade students. While some of the curriculum is specific to the Moanalua ahupua‘a, this curriculum can serve as an example for educators looking to design content for their area.

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.

Outdoor Activity Ideas

Project Learning Tree has a number of outdoor activities you can use with young learners to get them engaged with nature right in your neighborhood. Visit their website to learn more. 

Downloadable Activities

Visit our Student Resources page for coloring books, finger puppets, postcards, board games, and other activities you can download to use in your classroom.

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.

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.