Environmental Education Resources

Every month we carefully select additional resources and new support materials to enhance Project Learning Tree’s lessons. These environmental education resources include videos, educational apps and other interactive online tools, books and posters, teacher-generated materials, and more!

Be sure to check back regularly as we continue to add more “EE Resources”.  You can also:

For resources that specifically support remote learning, check out this collection COVID-19: Resources, Tips, and Support.

 

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Teaching about Climate Change with PLT, Project WET, and Project WILD

Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project WILD have updated our easy-reference resource that lists activities from each of our programs to help teach about climate science and the impacts of climate change.

Use our Teaching About Climate Change: Water, Trees and Wildlife PDF to help plan a lesson series that fits your setting and audience about the impacts of climate change on water, forests and biodiversity. Workshop facilitators for PLT, Project WET, and Project WILD can also use this resource to design climate-focused workshops. Learn more by watching this recorded webinar.

 

cover of the trauma informed toolkit by plt oregonTrauma-Informed Approaches to Environmental Education 

Oregon State University’s Trauma-Informed Toolkit, developed by Oregon PLT State Coordinator Yasmeen Hossain, supports and complements educators’ knowledge and skillset in implementing trauma-informed approaches in educational settings.

 

 

Online Support Materials for PLT’s Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide

PLT’s new Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide includes 50 field-tested, hands-on activities that integrate investigations of nature with science, math, English language arts, and social studies. Get a copy today by attending a local PLT professional development workshop, or you can purchase it directly on shop.plt.org, from Amazon, and other places where books are sold.

My K-8 Guide

example pages to illustrate units of instructionThe new K-8 Guide is supported by a free online toolkit and resource hub found at plt.org/myk8guide.

For each activity, you’ll find links to:

  • Curated resources (see some examples below)
  • Downloadable student pages
  • Recommended reading
  • Explicit connections to academic standards, including Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core State Standards—English Language Arts and Common Core State Standards—Mathematics

Each activity provides students opportunities to explore the three dimensions of science: Science & Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and a Guiding Question to drive phenomenon-based, three-dimensional learning, which involves exploring the real world through learner-centered, multidisciplinary investigations that promote inquiry and problem solving.

Other resources at plt.org/myk8guide include:

  • Planning an Investigation student page
  • Assessment Rubric
  • Tips for using Career Corners and Forest Facts
  • An online Glossary
  • 24 additional Units of Instruction
  • And lots more!

 

Videos

Cyberchase: Green It Up!

Green It Up connects related Cyberchase video clips with hands-on programming designed to inspire a deep appreciation for nature, build STEM skills, and help students feel empowered to take action in their communities to care for the planet.

Resource for Explore Your Environment activities: Poet-Tree (Grades 3-5, Variations Grades 6-8), Improve Your Place (Grades 6-8, Variation Grades 3-5)

 

Would you like to strengthen kids’ Mathematics and STEM skills through engaging hands-on activities and educational media? Join us to discover engaging hands-on activities and resources to use the outdoors to create fun authentic learning experiences for kids ages 5-8! This free webinar by Cyberchase: Green It Up and Project Learning Tree will explore teaching Mathematics and STEM through an urban or rural environmental lens.

Resource for Explore Your Environment activities: Have Seeds, Will Travel (Grades 3-5, Variation Grades K-2)

 

Trillions of Trees Virtual Workshop

This virtual workshop for families, led by Project Learning Tree and Cyberchase, features fun facts and activities all about trees. Learn how to become a tree detective, explore different types of trees, learn fun tree facts, create your own nature journal, and learn how to care for trees in your community.

Resource for Explore Your Environment activities: Tree ID (Grades 3-5) and Trees in Trouble (Grades 3-5)

 

Interactive Tools

The Smokey Bear 3.0 Mission

clipart of smokey bear wearing ranger hatThe Smokey Bear 3.0 Mission is a 3D Augmented Reality game that teaches players of all ages and abilities how to prevent human-caused wildfires. The game is a project of the USDA Forest Service, along with their partners: The Corps Network, Wonders of Wildlife and Edison International. To join Smokey on this endeavor, go to the Google Play Store or App Store and download “Agents of Discovery”. Tap on “Missions” and select the Smokey Bear 3.0 Mission closest to you. It’s free, educational and lots of fun!

Check out the Agents of Discovery website for more information about Smokey Bear 3.0 and how to play. 

Resource for Explore Your Environment activities: Living with Fire (Grades 6-8)

 

Trees & Seas Festival Resource Toolkit

Trees & Seas Festival Resource Toolkit includes videos, infographics and event planning guides to help celebrate ocean and forest conservation, emphasizing that we are multiple communities that make-up one planet, one environment, and in the end, one global community united in our effort to foster a healthier and more just planet for all.

Resource for Explore Your Environment activities: Plant a Tree (Grades 6-8, Variation Grades 3-5), Field Forest, and Stream (Grades 6-8, Variation Grades 3-5), Charting Biodiversity (Grades 3-5)

 

Digital Games and Apps

Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants

Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants has a Kahoot series of over 20 quizzes featuring stories of discovery, science and exploration from around the world! Check out their work at https://create.kahoot.it/profiles/1f631237-2bad-4524-810f-39a2416bc764

Resource for Explore Your Environment activities: Birds and Bugs (Grades K-2, Variation Grades 3-5) and Web of Life (Grades 3-5)

 

OLogy

The American Museum of Natural History’s OLogy is a website and iPad app for K–5 grade levels that includes games, videos, hands-on activities, and stories on topics like Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Resource for Explore Your Environment activities: Backyard Safari (Grades K-2, Variation Grades 3-5), Water Wonders Get (Grades 3-5), and Every Tree For Itself (Grades 3-5, Variation Grades 6-8)

 

Morphy

Morphy and his fellow alien crew have crash-landed on a foreign planet! This life science game from the Smithsonian’s Game Center, teaches students that animals have external structures that function to support survival and behavior.

Resource for Explore Your Environment activities: Discover Diversity (Grades 3-5, Variation K-2)