Virtual Classroom Resources

This page was created by Maui Huliau Foundation and our program partners for grade 8-12 teachers and students to use as a FREE supplemental learning resource for the 2020-21 school year.

Below we have created two Google Classrooms to help facilitate ʻāina-based hybrid or distance learning. The first classroom was created for our Huliau Climate Literacy Project and the second Maui Aloha ʻĀina Virtual Classroom was created with program partners for students to learn about local history and conservation ecology. While both classrooms have a strong science focus, there are many activities relating to culture, history, language arts, social studies and other subjects. Teachers and students must register below to gain access to either or both classrooms. If you wish to support this project, please contribute any amount using the donate button. 

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 Virtual Classrooms for Teachers

Teachers can join the teacher version of our Google classrooms to see an overview of available activities and get updates from our staff. We can create a customized copy of our classroom for you to use with your students, or you can download individual activities from our classroom to add to you own virtual classroom. Please see the FAQs below for answers to additional questions regarding how teachers can use these resources.

Huliau Virtual Classroom Tutorial for Teachers

Teachers can watch the tutorial video below for an overview of ways to use our virtual classroom resources.

Virtual Classrooms for Students

Students can choose to enroll in either or both classrooms. Units will be released every two weeks beginning August 10th (see tentative schedules below). Each unit should take approximately 4-6 hours to complete. Students may join at any point during the school year and complete any or all activities. Students who complete all activities and receive an 80% or higher on all assessments will receive a certificate of completion for each classroom.

Waiheʻe Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge Virtual Huakaʻi

The field trip video below is an example of the videos featured in our Maui Aloha ʻĀina Virtual Classroom. It was created by our fall filmmaking students in partnership with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. The classroom includes activites that go with this film both online and at the refuge!

 Huliau Climate Literacy Virtual Classroom

Grades 8-12
August 17th – May 14th
4-6 hours of activities released every 2 weeks

Program Description: This program focuses on the science behind climate change in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will learn about climate change causes, impacts and solutions via videos, presentations, virtual field trips, hands-on activities and other online resources. Each two week unit has 1-5 activities to be completed online and an online assessment, amounting to 4-6 hours of activities. Activities include graphing CO2 in the atmosphere, analysing local coral bleaching data, and online games. In the spring semester, our staff will assist students and teacher with student-led projects focused on climate change solutions.

Fall 2020 Schedule:

August 17th– Course Introduction (1 hour)
August 24th– Unit 1, Part 1: The Carbon Cycle
September 8th– Unit 1, Part 2: CO2 in the Atmosphere
September 21st-Unit 1, Part 3: What is Climate Change?
Fall Break (Oct 5th) Re-Tree Tree Planting Activity
October 12th– Unit 2, Part 1: Melting Ice & Sea Level Rise
October 26th– Unit 2, Part 2a: Ocean Impacts: Coral Bleaching
November 9th– Unit 2, Part 2b: Ocean Impacts: Ocean Acidification
November 23rd- Unit 2, Part 3: Extreme Weather
December 7th– Unit 2, Part 4: Climate Change in Hawaiʻi

Tentative Spring 2021 Schedule:

January 19th– Unit 3 Part 1: A Global Problem
February 1st– Unit 3, Part 2: Climate Science & Misinformation
February 16th– Unit 3, Part 3: Finding Solutions
March 1st-Unit 3, Part 4: Taking Action
Spring Break- March 15-19th
March 22rd-May 3rd – Student-led projects
During fourth quarter we will assist students in creating student-led projects focusing on climate change solutions. More details on these projects and ways to participate will be shared as part of Unit 3 Part 4. Teachers who wish to participate with their classes, should let us know before spring break.

Our 2020-21 Climate Literacy Classroom is supported in part by a grant from The Makana Aloha Foundation.

Maui Aloha ʻĀina Virtual Classroom

Grades 8-12
August 10th -May 14th
4-6 hours of activities released every 2 weeks

Program Description: The Maui Aloha ʻĀina Virtual Classroom was created by Maui Huliau Foundation and program partners for students to learn about local ecosystems and conservation. Activities focus primarily on science, culture and history, but also include components from other subjects. Each unit has 1-5 activities to be completed online and an online assessment, amounting to 4-6 hours of activities. Activities include water quality testing, crafts using native plants, and scavenger hunts. For some activities, students will be asked to visit a site in person and/or to pick up a supply kit.

Fall 2020 Schedule:

August 10th- Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission
August 24th– Going Zero Waste (with Huliau alumni)
September 8th-– Waiheʻe Refuge with Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
September 21st-Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Fall Break (Oct 5th-9th)-  Re-Tree Tree Planting Activity
October 12th– The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve with East Maui Watershed Partnership and Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project
October 26th– Nohoʻana Farm
November 9th– Kōʻieʻie Fishpond and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
November 23rd- Wai: Maui’s Water Resources
December 7th– Coral Reefs with Maui Ocean Center

Tentative Spring 2021 Schedule:

January 19th– Keālia with Alakaʻina, Maui Digital Bus
February 1st– Sustainable Lifestyles by Huliau Leadership Council
February 16th-Watershed Partnerships
March 1st– Mālama Kaʻehu
Spring Break- March 15-19th
March 22nd- ʻIke ʻĀina: Sense of Place with Kanu Ka ʻIke
April 5th- Kīpuka Olowalu
April 19th- Kipahulu ʻOhana (Mālama i ke Kai programs)
May 3rd– Resilience Unit

This is a tentative schedule provided to help teachers and students plan ahead. More details on spring semester units will be added to the classroom in mid-January.

Other Climate Literacy Resources for Teachers

Click the button to the right to visit our online Climate Literacy Project library for addition resoruces such as online resource collections, videos, and teacher development programs.

Resources for Younger Students

Looking for local online resources for grades K-7? Check out the Friend’s of Pōmaikaʻi’s Kids Create 808 page!

Other Programs

In addition to our Google Classrooms, students can also join our other youth programs, which will be offered in a hybrid format this school year. Our Filmmaking Club is open to grades 7-12 and our Leadership Council is open to grades 9-12. Click on the flyers to the right to visit those program pages for more information.