Lesson Plans

Below you will find lesson plans that correspond with video clips from This American Land, featuring stories that highlight scientific research efforts to the conservation of American landscapes, waters and wildlife. We hope that you will find these resources to be valuable and practical tools in your classroom. The activities in these lesson plans can be used by students as they watch the accompanying videos. These strategies will encourage understanding and critical thinking, and will also provide a starting point for classroom discussion.

Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) partners with This American Land to showcase stories about CPF grantees - teachers and students who care for the Earth by engaging in environmental stewardship projects. Each CPF grantee story listed below has a link to a corresponding Teacher Guide with lesson plans, standards correlations, and resources or protocols to make project replication easy at schools across the country.




THIS AMERICAN LAND is the leading conservation news magazine program on public television stations nationwide. Opening windows to our country’s amazing natural heritage, we report compelling stories on America’s landscapes, waters and wildlife, taking our viewers to the front lines of conservation, science and outdoor adventure with stories that inform and entertain.
Full episodes of THIS AMERICAN LAND can be viewed here.
THIS AMERICAN LAND AND SCIENCE NATION We are proud to partner with the National Science Foundation to bring our viewers exceptional reports from its SCIENCE NATION series in many of our episodes. Fast-paced and informative, each of these stories explores new scientific efforts to understand and conserve our natural resources.
PARTNERS IN EDUCATION In partnership with highly regarded national educational organizations, we develop our story materials for teachers to use as a curriculum resource. Experienced educators on our Advisory Board provide direction and commentary on our reporting, offer story ideas, and join with us in shaping our content for educational purposes.
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