Place-Based Education Examples

Students in one school learned about aerial perspective while brainstorming a wish list for their school's courtyard garden, which addresses a need for access to fresh food in the area.

Students in one school learned about aerial perspective while brainstorming a wish list for their school’s courtyard garden, which addresses a need for access to fresh food in the area.

Place-Based Education (PBE) enables students to learn while addressing issues or needs which students themselves help identify in their communities or local environment.

Below are examples of place-based education projects which you may find helpful. Please add this page to your favorites (or your Pinterest board!) and check back, as we plan to include lesson plans from some of our teachers’ projects in the future.

We strongly encourage you to view PBE lesson plans as inspiration, trusting that you will take into account the voices of your students and community members and custom tailor projects to meet needs in your schools’ own neighborhoods!

GLSI Case Studies

GLSI Case Studies (2009-13)

PBE examples across Michigan, from Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) programs

Discovering PLACE Case Studies

Beecher High School outdoor classroom and nature trail

Duck Habitat at Flint Southwestern Classical Academy

McMonagle Elementary hydroponic garden

Tucker Elementary garden

 

Examples

Lots of lesson plan examples from the Edible Schoolyard Project (click “Show Options” to search by subject, season, grade and more!)

Students learn history by interviewing local Holocaust survivors

Kids study West Nile Virus

City of Stories

List of real-world connections students can make

Poorest school shows biggest improvement through PBE

More inspiration

Discovering Place newsletters

Discovering Place PBE video series (Michigan teachers earn 4 State Continuing Education Clock Hours)