• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Curriculum Materials

Links to curriculum units, developed by educators and by the park, are available from this page. The units include everything necessary to present the curriculum including subject areas, grade levels, goals, themes and reflections. Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides help teachers incorporate the islands into numerous disciplines through collaborative inquiry. Education Themes show how the islands can enhance the classroom experience for various subjects.

The Weather, Water, and Warming curriculum is a comprehensive 6th grade science unit including six classroom lessons, extension activities, and rich background information. Adapted from the Full Option Science System, this curriculum is compatible with Massachusetts and national standards. It illustrates the difference between climate and weather and facilitates a larger dialogue for students about the global issue of climate change as it applies to their local community and their local national park.

 
Add A Curriculum Unit
Please share your instructional unit for the Boston Harbor Islands with us and your fellow teachers. Add a curriculum unit or lesson plan by saving the template (below) to your computer and filling it out. Once you have completed the form, email it to us.

» Curriculum Template (Word)

 

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