Use this activity with your students to observe how living and nonliving components affect ecosystems. Plus, be in-the-know with PLT's monthly updates.
This hands-on activity helps students in grades 6-8 understand how sunlight, soil moisture, temperature, wind, and water flow influence living elements in an ecosystem.
This activity is part of Project Learning Tree's new, award-winning Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide, so be sure to check out the full guide!t
Project Learning Tree advances environmental literacy, stewardship, and career pathways using trees and forests as windows on the world.
We offer fun, hands-on interdisciplinary activities, suitable for all ages and settings, and high-quality professional development for educators.
Over the last 45 years, PLT has trained 800,000 educators to help students learn how to think, not what to think, about environmental topics.
PLT is an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
Are you looking for more ways to help students explore nature? Check out PLT's new Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide!
This supplementary curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The activities present students with real-world opportunities to understand how their actions affect the world around them and apply STEM skills.
Use the activities to connect students to the outdoors, no matter if you live in a rural or urban area.
Get students excited about nature with multidisciplinary, hands-on activities
Connections to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, and C3 Framework for Social Studies
The activities include ways to adapt them for different learning styles and abilities
"The guide is attractive, easy to follow, and perfectly outlines everything needed for a flawless environmental education experience."
- Mandy Kern (Kansas)
"The strategies for differentiation and enrichment help to meet the diverse needs of my students and make the experience relevant."
- Robin C. McLean, Ed.D. (New Jersey)
"These activities provoke students' curiosities and inspire wonder. They are engaging and easy to implement."
- Megan Lee (Colorado)