Place-based learning bibliography

Alex Ramey compiled this bibliography to show the range of available materials. Beginning with local resources, she moves on to articles, books, websites, and video describing the philosophy of place-based learning + examples from around the country. Resources are relevant to teachers, site educators, and community members. We welcome suggestions for items to add…or subtract. Go to bibliography.

The School Farm Share Toolkit

This 22-page guide offers step-by-step instructions on how to create meaningful connections between parents and teachers interested in local food and small local farmers. Developed by Good Flavor Farm with support from Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, Just Food, and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.

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A Self-Guided Walk Along the Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail

Originally, FDR’s Hyde Park property encompassed more than 1,500 acres of working farm land and forest. The Roosevelt Farm Lane trail is a short journey through the woods he loved. Natalie Cheung, Teaching the Hudson Valley Student Conservation Associate, developed this 20-page booklet to help families notice the many plants and animals found in the forest, pools, and streams that make up the trail’s ecosystem. (Photo: Bill Urbin, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, National Park Service)

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Chef in the Classroom

Chef in the Classroom makes it easy for teachers, parents, or other adults to get kids excited about fresh fruits and vegetables. Orchestrate something as simple as a salad with veggies or as involved as a squash soup with kale chips. The important things are to have fun and keep it hands-on. It’s not a cooking demo; students work as a team guided by the chef instructor.

Beet Apple Salad Lesson Plan * Carrots Lesson Plan * Kale Salad and Kale Chips Lesson Plan

Discover Montgomery Place

The Hudson’s great estates aren’t just pretty houses with fancy landscapes. They are integral pieces of regional history. In addition, they function as parks and benefit the ecosystem by protecting flora, fauna, and watersheds. Student Conservation Associate Julia Brophy created a guide to help you think as you explore. Print on booklet setting for best results.

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Farms & Food: A THV Resource Guide

Farms and food lend themselves readily to place-based teaching. They provide a compelling starting point for exploring a wide range of issues and subject areas – past and present. Inextricably linked to Hudson Valley culture, history, and development, while also embracing economics, science, and the environment, the topic is ideal for interdisciplinary learning. (Photo:

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Teaching Diversity in the Valley

Four pages of resources for teaching regional history with a multi-ethnic perspective. Includes sites with relevant K-12 programming, annual events, background materials, and websites. We would love to update and expand this publication and would gladly work with a student seeking community service hours or fulfilling class requirements. (Art work shown is from a student contest organized by Philipsburg Manor, Historic Hudson Valley.)

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Substitutes, Servants & Soldiers
Black Presence at New Windsor

Matthew Thorenz initially presented this research in 2012 at New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site.  Most high school students can easily read his intriguing overview of this often forgotten history; teachers of younger students could use excerpts. (Photo: Temple of Virtue, New Windsor State Historic Site, by Gleaves Whitney, Grand Valley State University)

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The Hudson: The River that Defined America

In 2009, the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival in North America, National Geographic created a compendium of resources for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. As of 2017, many of the lesson plans and activities remained on National Geographic’s website as Exploring the Hudson River in 1609. Some materials require Adobe Flash.

Teachers and Site Staff: Ideas for Collaborating

At THV’s 2009 summer institute more than 100 teachers and staff from museums, historic sites, and parks discussed working together in ways that go beyond field trips. This two-page document summarizes their ideas for making the most of their collaborations.

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Summer Institute Presentations & Materials

2017, Building Community with Place-Based Learning

2016, Find YOUR Park, Historic Site, Museum: Gain a Classroom

2015, Teaching for Engagement in the Hudson Valley: The Next 100 Years Depend on It

2014, Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up

2013, Place-Based Learning & Common Core

2012, In Conflict & Crises: Teaching the Hudson Valley from Civil War to Civil Rights and Beyond

2011, Place & The Digital Native: Using Technology and Social Media to Teach the Hudson Valley

2010, Reading, Writing, and Thinking the Hudson Valley

2009, Beyond Field Trips: Teaching the Hudson Valley in Tough Times