By reading fables such as The Lorax by Dr. Seuss or The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono, students can examine the importance of conserving natural resources.
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.
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:
Forest Fact Break: Urban Forests
These three 2-minute videos highlight elements of an urban forest, how they’re managed, and the community benefits. More than 80% of all Americans live in urban areas and urban forests bring important benefits to those communities. Developed by forestinfo.org and the North Carolina Forest Service, these Forest Fact Breaks are a great way to help learn more about the following topics: Urban Forests, Urban Forest Benefits, and Urban Forest Wood Usage.
Are you looking for additional sources of unbiased environmental information? These engaging, animated YouTube videos provided by ForestInfo help simplify complex forestry topics. With their site currently under construction, 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.
Paper is Good. Pass It On
To highlight the importance of paper in our lives, Domtar (a producer of pulp and paper products) created a Paper Because campaign featuring ads and a series of short videos to dispel some common myths about the environmental impact of paper and the use of paper in today’s digital age. “There are times when no substitute for paper will suffice; it is how great ideas begin, how the world learns, how important news gets shared and how people meaningfully connect with each other,” according to John D. Williams, Domtar President and CEO.
Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is a nonprofit that provides waste education materials, events, and programs.
Check out these student-written examples of sequels to The Lorax tale. Try writing and illustrating your own version!
Virtual Tour: Hershey’s Chocolate Factory
Help your students explore one of the most delicious forest products: Chocolate!! Thanks to step-by-step videos on its chocolate-making process, Hershey’s offers students a fun virtual field trip for any classroom. After building his own milk-processing plant and working day and night for three years, Milton Hershey became the first American to develop a formula for manufacturing milk chocolate. It was affordable, tasted good and remained fresh for a long time. No wonder it was an immediate sensation. Take some time to enjoy this special “taste” of Hershey’s chocolate!
A free app that can be downloaded onto Apple devices. This story production tool can be used to create a personal story and enhance it by adding your own drawings, audio, and animation. The illustrations can be moved, expanded, reduced, or rotated with touch, and you can record your own voice as narrator.