EE Resources - Fall 2011
PLT GreenSchools! Grants
Deadline extended to Oct. 28
PLT is providing GreenSchools! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects at their school. To qualify, schools must be registered on the PLT GreenSchools! website, www.greenschools.org, and must have completed at least one of the five PLT GreenSchools! Investigations. Grant funds may be used to complete additional GreenSchools! Investigations.
New Resources from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) has released three new products for educators to connect more people, especially youth, to the outdoors and increase our nation's understanding of how fish and wildlife and their habitats are conserved. The three products are Benchmarks for Conservation Literacy, Outdoor Skills Education Handbook, and Sustainable Tomorrow-A Teachers Guidebook for Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula. Designed for teachers of grades 9-12, Sustainable Tomorrow uses lessons from Project WILD, Project WET and Project Learning Tree.
Life of the Forest Posters
(resource for PLT's PreK-8 activities “Tree Cookies,” “Tree Factory,” “To Be A Tree,” “Looking at Leaves,” and more)
Learn about tree rings, seeds, leaves, bark, and needles and how trees eat, drink, and breathe using these colorful posters from the International Paper Learning Center. Each 16 x 20 inch poster features photos and fact about the topic (e.g., did you know that “happy” trees produce evenly space rings?) and includes an accompanying handout. K-6 teachers can order a free poster set or download them directly from the web.
30 Fascinating Facts about the Boreal Forest
(resource for PLT’s Forest of the World secondary activities “What Is a Forest?” and “Mapping the World’s Forests”, and PLT’s Focus on Forests secondary module)
The Boreal forest is the world's largest land-based biome. Spreading over continents and covering many countries, the Boreal forest plays a significant role in the planet's biodiversity and its climate. Here are 30 facts you want to know about this forest domain.
Maple Sugaring Curriculum Connections
(resource for PLT's PreK-8 activities “We All Need Trees,” “A Few of My Favorite Things,” and “Three Cheers for Trees”)
Explore a seasonal timeline of the maple sugaring process, along with ideas for incorporating maple sugaring into science, math, history, art, and language arts activities. Learn ways that student can explore rations (e.g., it takes 40 parts maple sap to make 1 part maple syrup) or keep a journal of their observations during the sugaring process.
USDA Stop the Beetle Website
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 guide activities “Invasive Species,” Focus on Forests’ “Forest Invaders” and Biodiversity’s “Global Invaders” secondary activity)
At USDA’s Stop the Beetle website, students ages 8-12 can learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle and how to protect U.S. ash trees from this insect pest. The website also has printable activity sheets, an online fact-matching game, and a video entitled The Nature Walk: Understanding the Life Cycle of the EAB.
Invasive Forest Insects Cost Billions
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 guide activities “Invasive Species,” Focus on Forests’ “Forest Invaders,” and Biodiversity’s “Global Invaders” secondary activity)
This article from ScienceDaily describes how homeowners and taxpayers are paying for damages caused by invasive tree-feeding insects that are inadvertently imported along with packing materials, live plants, and other goods.
How Nature Makes Soil, And You Can Too
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 guide activities “The Forest of S.T. Shrew,” “Nature’s Recyclers,” “Field, Forest and Stream,” “Watch on Wetlands,” and “Soil Stories”)
Use this Soil Creation video to teach (or learn!) a thing or two about the magic of soil. The footage reveals a few choice places where nature likes to make soil (it's not where you'd think!)—and tells viewers how to take advantage of that in your own garden.
The Global Water Experiment
(resource for PLT's PreK-8 activites “Water Wonders” and PLT’s Forests of the World secondary module)
Participate in a global experiment: Water: A Chemical Solution. Participants explore water quality issues through various exercises, then share their experiment results with the global science community.
Science News for Kids
(resource for PLT's PreK-8 activities “Can It Be Real?,” “Habitat Pen Pals,” “Charting Diversity,” and more)
Can lizards learn? Will the Sun’s cycle stay the same? Find answers to these and other life mysteries at Science News for Kids. The site presents timely science stories categorized by subject, along with suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, and web resources.
National Park Service – A Living Classroom
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 guide activities “Loving It Too Much” and “I’d Like to Visit a Place Where…”)
The National Park Service has compiled the education resources of more than 110 national parks in a single website. Spanning grades k-12 the resources include virtual field trips, pre- and post- visit activities, and other learning experiences that highlight each park’s unique features or special environmental programs.