E Mālama i ka ‘Āina

Students will explore the history of their local community by visiting places of cultural significance to the communities development. Student partners will then research an environmental concern in their community and present their findings to an audience that consists of school, family, and/or community members. The unit was designed for students living in ‘Ewa Beach and Kapolei on Oahu island but the ideas and content can be adapted to other locations within Hawai‘i and around the world.

Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o, Other (see Unit)

Community Partner(s)

This unit explores cultural locations like fishponds, partnerships include community members who facilitate students’ visiting and experiencing these locations.

Essential Question

How do humans impact the environment and how can I help improve the environment of my school and/or community?

  • What is the history of my family and the history of the place we live in?
  • What can we learn from the ancient Hawaiians that can help us to live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle?

Enduring Understanding

  • Every place has a history, customs and traditions that should be honored.
  • The ancient Hawaiians lived sustainable lives and respected the land and its natural resources.
  • Humans need to make choices that help to keep the environment balanced and healthy.

Learner Level Elementary

Primary Content Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Social Studies