Resources for PreK-8 Activity 69 – Forest for the Trees

In this activity, students will role-play managing a Tree Farm. By using a piece of land as a Tree Farm, they will begin to understand the economic factors that influence management decisions for private forest lands.

This is one of 96 activities that can be found in PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. To get the activity, attend a training either in person or online and receive PLT’s PreK-8 Guide. Below are some supporting resources for this activity. 


Download the copyright free student pages that are included with this activity:

Forest Stand Puzzle (PDF)

Forest Silvicultural Systems (PDF)


Spanish Student Page(s):

Sistemas de Silvicultura Forestal (PDF)

Rompecabezas de un Rodal del Bosque (PDF)


Expand your students’ learning and imaginations. Help students meet their reading goals while building upon concepts learned in this activity with the following children’s book recommendations:


Every month we carefully select new tools and resources that enhance PLT’s lessons. These include educational apps, videos, posters, interactive websites, careers information, and teacher-generated materials. Browse a chronological listing below:

  • Skype a Scientist

    The Skype a Scientist program matches more than 500 scientists with classrooms worldwide. Available for any level along the K-12 spectrum, a typical Q&A-style video chat lasts between 30 to 60 minutes and covers topics in the scientist’s area of expertise and what it’s like to be a scientist. Follow the link to browse scientists and sign up!

  • Forest Atlas of the US

    The US Forest Service created a complete Forest Atlas of the United States. It covers everything from tree pollen count to owl habitats to agroforestry practices, using a range of the Forest Service’s resources. Use this in your classroom to give your students a comprehensive understanding of what American forests have to offer!

  • Cornucopia

    A STEM education simulation game from the California Academy of Sciences called Cornucopia is a free online resource. The game teaches students in grades 5-12 about natural resource use and management, the effect of climate conditions on water availability and food production, and the way agricultural technology impacts water use.  

  • ForestInfo.Org

    Are you looking for additional sources of unbiased environmental information? ForestInfo offers resources designed to facilitate informed decision-making regarding forestry-related issues for teachers, students, forestry professionals, and those with a general interest in protecting, managing, and enhancing the natural environment. For example, try using Forest Fast Breaks in your class. These engaging, animated short videos help simplify complex forestry topics.

  • Foldable 3-D Fire Triangle Model

    Simply print out and then fold this 3-Dimensional fire triangle model to help teach the 3 elements of the fire triangle, as well as to show the important connections between weather and how it influences fire behavior.

  • Carbon Cycle Activity

    Carbon Cycle Activity (similar to “Water Wonders” Water Cycle activity) developed by Carlyn Nichols, PLT educator in Seward, Alaska. Helps relate the carbon cycle to climate change.

  • Into the Outdoors – Forest Ecology

    Into the Outdoors is an Emmy award-winning TV show with an emphasis on science education for middle school-aged students. The show’s new website,, provides free videos and other resource links on many environmental topics to make outdoor learning exciting and fun. While there are many exciting topics to choose from (such as sustainable forestry, biodiversity, and wetlands), Into the Outdoor’s 4-part video series on Forest Ecology is a perfect fit with many Project Learning Tree activities. These 5-7 minute shorts feature middle school aged youth that inspire all of us to take learning outdoors!

  • Ring of Fire

    WildFIRE PIRE is a project of the Montana State University, involving an international team of scientists putting the past, present, and future of wildfire into global perspective. The group will use thousands of years’ worth of historical data on landscape vegetation, fire, human behavior, and climate to build a computer simulation to understand how future changes in climate and human factors might affect vegetation patterns in global forests. To learn about their process and findings, you can read more, or check out their overview video.

  • Fire Safety Website

    Fire safety resources are available at Teacher resources include a Jeopardy-style game on basic fire safety practices, fact sheets, family take-home activities, and links to additional fire safety resources and organizations. Student resources consist of online games and puzzles that teach fire safety rules.

  • Fire and Conservation Interactive Quiz

    Get fired up and take The Nature Conservancy’s online quiz to test your knowledge about fire and how it can be used as a tool to help people and wildlife.  A scoring chart helps you to find local volunteer opportunities and other ideas for voicing your support for more American forest restoration by being fire smart!

  • Saving Southern Forests

    Southern Forests for the Future has launched an interactive website for educators that focuses on threats to and the sustainable management of U.S. southern forests.  The site offers time-series maps that reveal trends and changes in southern forests, which users can scroll over and zoom in on to see areas of interest.  The maps can be used to support high school courses in biology, geography, earth science, and environmental science.

  • FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment

    FAO has monitored the world’s forests at 5 to 10 year intervals since 1946. This FAO forest report is the most comprehensive assessment to date, as it examines the current status and recent trends for more than 90 variables and all types of forests in 233 countries and areas. These global assessments provide valuable information to policy-makers, international negotiations, environmental organizations, and the general public.

  • EnviroAtlas

    EPA’s new EnviroAtlas tool is designed to help communities and researchers make informed planning and policy decisions related to the environment and ecosystems. EnviroAtlas provides datasets and interactive tools to allow users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. EnviroAtlas includes over 300 data layers, letting users analyze how decisions affect ecosystems and their ability to provide goods and services. Key components include:


  • Federal Registry for Educational Excellence – Fire Safety

    Review fire safety practices with information and resources from the U.S. Fire Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control. You’ll find information about smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, kitchen safety, fire safety plans, and visits to a fire station. In addition, teachers can access online activities such as word searches, puzzles, and interactive quizzes that reinforce important fire safety messages.

  • Order Free Scientist Cards from Natural Inquirer

    Natural Inquirer is now accepting free orders for their Scientist Card sets, directly from their web site. Individual orders are limited to either one full pack (100 cards) or up to 3 of the smaller packs (Women in Science, Classroom set, and Wildlife Scientists). The smaller packs all contain 30 cards a piece. Use these cards to connect PLT lessons to actionable careers!