FIHRI is currently providing financial support to the Ka'u Alternative Learning Center located at the local middle school. The purpose of the support is to ensure the 7th and 8th grade students have access to appropriate learning materials and healthy snacks during the school day. The students are being taught by Dr. Dufault who is serving as a long term substitute teacher.
The curriculum is created daily by Dr. D and based on current local and international news stories. Each topic studied by the students is of interest from a local cultural standpoint and related to the learning goals set forth in the Hawai'i Content and Performance Standards. Curriculum materials for a unit on honey bees is provided below as an example of Dr. D's teaching style.
News Articles (with links)
Kennedy, M. (2016, October 3). Bees added to U.S. endangered species list for 1st time. National Public Radio.
Kelland, K. (2018, February 28). Pesticides put bees at risk, European watchdog confirms. Reuters News.
Johns Hopkins Medicine. High fructose corn syrup is bad for bees. Originally published in Scientific American.
Harvey, C. (2015, May 26). Why you shouldn't freak out about swarming honeybees - and how to save bees from those who do. Washington Post.
NOTE: Reading guides for each article are provided at the bottom of this web page. Reading guides help struggling readers comprehend what they read.
(2009). Vanishing of the Bees. 1 hour 27 minutes. Amazon streaming or Film Producer