Teaching with i-Tree
PLT’s new Teaching with i-Tree unit, designed for use with middle and high school students, includes three hands-on activities that engage students in discovering and analyzing the many ecosystem services that trees provide. Students use the free, online i-Tree Design software – developed by the U.S. Forest Service – to calculate the dollar value of the benefits provided by a tree or a set of trees.
Engage students in STEM as they investigate their school site, energy use, water, waste and recycling practices. Five investigations empower students to make their schools green and healthy.
Register to access each investigation online, or purchase a print copy of the complete set. Attend an online GreenSchools training for tips on starting a program at your school, how to obtain equipment, collect data, etc.
Focus on Forests
Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests is designed to foster student understanding of — and appreciation for — the forested lands throughout North America. The module’s activities provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management, and other subject areas.
To receive the Focus on Forests secondary module, attend a Project Learning Tree professional development workshop in your state.
Forests of the World
Global Connections: Forests of the World was developed by Project Learning Tree in partnership with the World Forestry Center. The module’s activities provide students with opportunities to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service-learning action projects.
To receive the Forests of the World secondary module, attend a Project Learning Tree professional development workshop in your state.
Places We Live
Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live provides educators with a useful tool for place-based education to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities. Students will explore current and future community environmental issues, enabling them to make informed decisions about those issues.
To receive the Places We Live secondary module, attend a Project Learning Tree professional development workshop in your state.
Southeastern Forests and Climate Change
Project Learning Tree and the University of Florida developed a secondary module to help educators in the Southeast teach about climate change impacts on forest ecosystems, the role of forests in sequestering carbon, and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to changing climatic conditions. While this resource was created with southeastern forests in mind, the lessons that comprise this module can be used with students across the United States.
Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity was developed by Project Learning Tree in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. In this sixty-page module, students learn that decisions about growth and development, energy use and water quality, and even human health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity.
Educators can purchase the Biodiversity secondary module from shop.plt.org.
Our Biotechnology Supplement is designed for high school and community college educators in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Social Studies, and Agriculture. A special effort has been made to construct activities that support instruction in AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Human Geography. This module was created as a supplement to PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk curriculum.
Educators can purchase the Biotechnology Supplement from shop.plt.org.
Focus on Risk
Through eight hands-on activities found in PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk module, students analyze, explore, discover, and learn about risk assessment, risk communication, risk perception, and risk management. There are also three special topics that encourage students to apply their knowledge to real-life risk issues. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making are emphasized throughout the module.
To receive the Focus on Risk secondary module, attend a Project Learning Tree professional development workshop in your state.
Municipal Solid Waste
Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste uses hands-on experiences to show interrelationships among waste generation, natural resource use, and disposal. The activities guide students through waste management strategies and solutions while providing the necessary tools to make informed decisions and choices on waste management issues.
To receive the Municipal Solid Waste secondary module, attend a Project Learning Tree professional development workshop in your state.