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PLT Releases New Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide

Project Learning Tree has released a new curriculum guide to engage kindergarten through grade 8 students in exploring their environment. It includes 50 field-tested, hands-on activities that integrate investigations of nature with science, math, English language arts, and social studies using hands-on classroom studies and outdoor field investigations.

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Celebrating National Park Week

April 17 – 25, 2021 is National Park Week! Celebrate this annual week-long celebration by teaching your students about national parks and encouraging the exploration of these culturally and historically significant areas.

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Earth Day 2021 – Restore the Earth With Native Plants

The theme of Earth Day 2021 is “Restore Our Earth.” Explore the differences between native, non-native, and invasive plants; how invasive plants threaten the environment and why native plants sustain it — and what your classroom can do to get involved.

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Winter-Themed STEM Activities

The cold winter season provides many opportunities to add fun and interesting STEM activities to your lesson plans. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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STEM: Visit a Place Where

What measurable effect does a visit to a favorite park or green space have on you? These STEM enrichment ideas for one of PLT’s popular activities will take your students outdoors to learn more about a local park or open space near them, and how they might conduct a scientific research experiment to determine the ways in which being outside can improve a person’s mood, health, and wellness.

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Theme-based Activity Collections

PLT’s hands-on activity collections offers fun and multi-disciplinary activities that connect youth in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 to nature and the outdoors.

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What Happens to Trees that Fall in the Forest

In dying, a tree plays an essential role in sustaining life around it. Here are some classroom activities to explore decomposition and how a fallen tree provides for other life in the forest.

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New PLT Activity Collections: Biodiversity Blitz for Grade 3-5

Biodiversity Blitz is the third in a new series of theme-based PLT activity collections. It features three PLT activities for educators of students in grades 3-5 that invite learners to investigate the variety of species in an ecosystem, and how this variety – or biodiversity – helps sustain life on Earth.