Environmental Education Resources

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Every month we carefully select new tools and resources that support and enhance Project Learning Tree’s lessons.

 

Fact Sheets

Living with Wildlife: Snags

What is a snag? How do dead and dying trees benefit the ecosystem? Learn how trees can actually provide more habitats for wildlife dead than when they are alive with Snags—The Wildlife Tree, published by Washington state Department of Fish & Wildlife. The article highlights species that use snag trees to survive, what kinds of trees make the best snags, and how to create a snag tree for wildlife. For more species fact sheets and ways to attract wildlife to your yard, check out this Living with Wildlife series.
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Trees as Habitats,” “Tree Lifecycle,” “Nothing Succeeds Like Succession,” and Focus on Forests’ “Monitoring Forest Health” and “Story of Succession”)

 

Videos

Paper is Good. Pass it On.

Paper is Good. Pass it On (a video published by Domtar, a producer of pulp and paper products) dispels some common myths about the environmental impact of paper and discusses the use of paper in today’s digital age. This free resource includes printable worksheets, supplemental lesson plans, and classroom activities all about paper.
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “A Forest of Many Uses,” “Make Your Own Paper,” “Power of Print,” “Trees for Many Reasons,” and “Paper Civilizations”)

Education in Nature

Visit the Educator Center, part of Georgia-Pacific’s Education in Nature program, for lesson plans, brochures, videos and activities on an assortment of environmental topics and nature subjects for students in grades 2–5. Search the subject areas for natural resources, energy, and paper recycling to find supplemental information and teaching ideas for PLT activities.
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Get in Touch with Trees,” “A Forest of Many Uses,” “We All Need Trees,” “Energy Sleuths,” and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”)

 

Children’s Books

The Story of Climate Change – Free Interactive Textbook for Grades 5-8

Earth Day Network has published The Story of Climate Change, an interactive, digital textbook for middle school students. Use this iTextbook with grades 5-8 to teach climate science through multimedia resources that allow students to explore videos, graphs, and animations of forests, coral reefs, and glaciers with a touch of the screen. The book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. A Teacher’s Guide is also available on Earth Day Network’s website. It includes in-depth activity lesson plans, Next Generation Science Standard Alignments, student action plans, and handy resources to help educators make the most out of every chapter.
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Our Changing World,” “The Global Climate,” and Focus on Forests’ “Climate Change and Forests”)

Mighty Mole and Super Soil – for Grades 1-3

What creatures live in the ground and how do they help make the soil healthy? A book from Dawn Publications, Mighty Mole and Super Soil introduces children to an underground ecosystem that is largely invisible to humans but vital to the health of the planet. In this short story, children follow a mole as she digs tunnels, finds food, escapes predators, and raises a family, all the while aerating and enriching the soil around her. With Mighty Mole and Super Soil, students learn about the importance of soil and the often unseen ecosystems underground. To take student learning even further, try pairing the story with these activities from Dawn Publications based on the book.
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Forest of S.T. Shrew,” “Soil Stories,” and Early Childhood’s “Trees as Habitats,” and “Three Cheers for Trees”)

Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? – for Grades 1-3

In order to reduce tree hazards, protect other trees, or to get wood, it is sometimes necessary to cut trees. Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?, a 41-page book published by the U.S. Forest Service, teaches students in grades 1–3 why it is important to sometimes remove trees from the environment. The book also provides tips for planting a new tree. It is available for free download as a PDF, or you can purchase a hardcopy.
(resource for PLT’s Early Childhood activities “Get in Touch With Trees,” “We All Need Trees,” “Three Cheers for Trees,” and PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Forest Consequences” and “Trees in Trouble”)

 

APPS

Kea: Learn Birds Through Play

Kea: Learn Birds Through Play is a free mobile app that turns the process of learning to recognize birds into a game. The app has games for beginners and seasoned bird watchers to recognize birds and their calls, and includes an extensive species database. Download the Kea app designed for both iPhone and iPad.
(resource for PLT’s Early Childhood activities “Sounds Around,” “Trees as Habitats,” and “Three Cheers for Trees”)

 

Interactive Websites

Environmental Justice – EPA’s Data and Mapping Tool

EJ SCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that combines environmental and demographic indicators to provide interesting and important regional data related to public health and environmental quality. By clicking anywhere on the map, users can view an area’s ozone levels, traffic concentrations, lead paint indicators, and more. EJSCREEN can assist in the identification of rural, urban, and suburban areas that are the most at-risk and it allows users to find correlations between the socioeconomic background of the region and the prevalence of environmental hazards.
(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Planet Diversity,” “Forest Consequences,” “Planning the Ideal Community,” “Democracy in Action,” “There Ought to be a Law,” and “People, Places, Things,” and PLT’s GreenSchools Environmental Quality Investigation)

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