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.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STEM Teaching Tools

The University of Washington’s Institute of Science and Math created Practice Briefs.  These free articles highlight ways of working on specific issues that come up during STEM teaching. These briefs helps K-12 educators and administrators stay informed on teaching STEM issues, including STEM issues relating to teaching NGSS and implementing meaningful STEM learning. Each brief is separated into digestible sections and includes recommended actions for educators.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Every Drop Counts,” “Have Seeds, Will Travel,” “Field, Forest, and Stream,” “400-Acre Wood,” “Make Your Own Paper,” “On the Move,” “Trees in Trouble,” “Resource-Go-Round,” “A Peek at Packaging,” and “In the Driver’s Seat”)

Climate Science: Education and Stewardship Projects

The NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through university age students with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public actively engaged in climate stewardship. CSEP also provides support for educators to develop and execute climate stewardship projects with students to increase understanding of climate science and take practical actions to reduce the impacts of climate change.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “The Global Climate,” “Our Changing World,” “Forest Consequences,” and PLT’s GreenSchools Energy Investigation)

PLT Workshops

If you live in an area where in-person workshops are not easily accessible or you want to do professional development when and where it’s convenient for you, there are many reasons to try an online training! Check out Project Learning Tree’s environmental education online workshops for early childhood, K-8, and GreenSchools. The trainings include demonstration videos and planning exercises. Depending on where you live, continuing education credits and state-specific resources are included in many cases. Click on your state to find a training that’s right for you.

FACT SHEETS AND BACKGROUND RESEARCH

Climate and Health

Developed over three years by experts in climate-change science and public health The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment examines how climate change is a significant threat to our health.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Viewpoints on the Line,” “Forest Consequences,” “The Global Climate,” “Our Changing World,” and Focus on Forests “Climate Change and Forests”)

Greenland’s Petermann Ice Shelf

Take a journey to Greenland’s largest ice shelf, in this Washington Post article.  Students can watch or read about a once-doubtful scientist whose first hand experiences changed his mind about the role of climate change in the global environment.  Students can learn about climate research and the types of problems scientist see in the field.   

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “The Global Climate,” “Our Changing World,” and PLT E-Unit “Carbon & Climate”)

Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

Learn how to be waste-free! EPA developed these Waste-Free Lunch activities to help students learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in their school lunches. Included are tips for packing a waste-free lunch and a healthy lunch menu worksheet.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” PLT’s Municipal Solid Waste “Source Reduction,” and PLT’s GreenSchools Waste & Recycling Investigation)

INTERACTIVE WEBSITES

Ask a Biologist

Digitally bring a professional into your classroom with Arizona State University’s Ask a Biologist.  Students can use the Ask a Biologist’s web resources to learn about and research many different environmental issues. Multiple activities, stories, images, and links are also available for educators to use and build lessons around.         

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Habitat Pen Pals,” “Invasive Species,” “How Plants Grow,” and Early Childhood’s “Adopt a Tree” and “Trees as Habitats”)

Forest Restoration Following Wildfire

Learn about the Tree and Forest restoration process after a wildfire with this comprehensive resource from Montana State University  (MSU) Extension Forestry. In addition, MSU Extension has compiled multiple other resources that help students understand implications of wildfires. Students can read a about a 13-Year Case Study of Fire in the Northern Rockies, use a photo guide to assess wildfire severity, or learn how to develop a fire hazard reduction plan.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Living with Fire” and Focus on Forests “The Nature of Fire”) 

VIDEOS

NatureWorks Video Series

Discover the natural world and the connections that make nature work in this 16-part video series for students in grades 3-6. Developed and produced by New Hampshire Public Television and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, each episode is fifteen minutes long and helps students explore the ways living things interact with the environment. NatureWorks is designed to align with state and national science frameworks and standards and is a great way to introduce young people to the natural sciences.

Each video consists of five distinct segments: an instructional section, which covers basic concepts like habitat, adaptation and biomes; an interactive Q&A segment that explores the show topics in greater detail; a close-up segment focusing on a particular animal or plant; an Outdoor Trek featuring student reports; and a review which sums up material presented in the program.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Forest of S.T. Shrew,” “Web of Life,” “Nature’s Recyclers,” and PLT’s GreenSchools School Site Investigation)

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Pee Wee Meets the Pollinators

This illustrated children’s story takes students on an adventure to a rooftop garden to learn about the amazing work of pollinators. Witness the birth of a monarch butterfly, follow a bee, and meet a chorus of crickets. The book also contains poems, songs as well as additional notes to benefit teachers, parents, and children. To purchase Pee Wee Meets the Pollinators or other books in the Pee Wee series visit Castle Compost.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 activities “Nature’s Recyclers” and “How Plants Grow”)

 

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