Free Field Study Activity for Grades 6-8

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.

Download the Field, Forest, and Stream Activity for Grades 6-8

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

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About Project Learning Tree

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.

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Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide

More Activities and Lesson Plans

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.

Access the K-8 Activity Guide
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Hands-On Activities

Get students excited about nature with multidisciplinary, hands-on activities

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Connections to Standards

Connections to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, and C3 Framework for Social Studies

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Flexible Lesson Plans

The activities include ways to adapt them for different learning styles and abilities

With This Activity Guide, Students in Grades 6-8 Will...

  • Generate a plan for managing a forested area
  • Give a persuasive presentation on protecting an endangered species
  • Conduct a community survey to learn how people in their neighborhood perceive and benefit from trees
  • Propose actions to address local environmental justice issues
  • Depict a product's life cycle and all the resources used to make it
  • Analyze trends in CO2 levels
  • And more!
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PLT's New K-8 Activity Guide Includes:

  • 50 multidisciplinary activities
  • Background information, worksheets, and assessments
  • Ways to connect students to nature and the outdoors in both rural and urban areas
  • Ideas for enhancing and extending the activities
  • Activities to enhance lesson plans about ecosystems, patterns, biodiversity, and more

What teachers are saying about PLT's new activity guide

"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)

Get instant access to the new K-8 activity guide

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