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Exploring Hawaiian Biodiversity & Indigenous Knowledge w ELA


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Grade Level Grades 11-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards

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In this lesson, students analyze the biodiversity represented in the Kumulipo creation chant and create a children’s book about protecting species.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss origin stories and why stories are important to understanding a place.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students read the Kumulipo, the creation chant of the Hawaiian people, and learn how biodiversity within the chant is threatened by climate change.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students collaborate to create a children’s book about plants and animals from the Kumulipo, including how to protect these species from climate change.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize components of biodiversity in origin and creation stories.
  • Describe biodiversity in the context of relationships between life forms in Hawai‘i.
  • Identify how species in Hawai‘i are affected by climate change.
  • Identify ways to protect biodiversity in Hawai‘i.
  • Write an informative paragraph about a Hawaiian native species.

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Biodiversity in the Kumulipo.pdf

Lesson Plan
January 11, 2024
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