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.

 

Grants

Project Learning Tree is excited to announce we are offering GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 again this year. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, restore a natural habitat, and more. The projects must incorporate service learning and involve at least one community partner. Click here for more information and to apply. 

 

Videos

Our Relationship with Energy

Energy makes everything we do possible. In this TEDxMileHighWomen event, energy journalist Joran Wifs-Brock talks about Our Relationship with Energy, or as she explains, the broken relationship. Use this presentation with high school students to help them consider the ways we use energy in our own life and the communication breakdown between flipping a switch and the resources we use lighting our homes. This video is a follow up to the Ted-Ed lesson we shared last month: A Guide to the Energy of the Earth.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 Guide: Activity 39—Energy Sleuths, Activity 73—Waste Watchers, Activity 82—Resource-Go-Round, and Activity 92—A Look at Lifestyles, for PLT’s Energy & Society kit: Activity 3—Power Chains, and for PLT’s high school module Municipal Solid Waste: Activity 5—Waste-to-Energy)

The Adventure of Water from Afar

Go on an adventure to learn more about innovations being made to protect and manage clean water! Produced by EarthEcho International, the video Water By Design: Water from Afar investigates reservoirs of water and the technology employed to measure and maintain it. One example examines how NASA uses innovative technology to measure snow and represent the availability of fresh water that comes from snow melts. Check out the video to learn even more about how water is stored, filtered, and brought to your home.  

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 Guide: Activity 14—Renewable or Not?, Activity 38—Every Drop Counts, and Activity 44—Water Wonders, for PLT’s high school module Focus on Forests: Activity 6—Forest to Faucet, and for PLT’s GreenSchools Water Investigation)

Into the Outdoors: The Importance of Plants and Pollinators

Did you know that 1/3 of the food you eat from the United States depends on pollinators? Pollinators, such as bees, play a vital role in how plants develop fruit and spread their seeds. Into the Outdoors explains this role in a 5-minute video called Plants and Pollinators. The video also explains how other organisms, such as bacteria, help plants grow and reproduce using nitrogen fixation. This video is suitable for elementary and middle school students.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 Guide: Activity 26—Dynamic Duos, Activity 42—Sunlight and Shades of Green, and Activity 43—Have Seeds, Will Travel)

Sharing Space with Sea Otters

This Sea Otter Savvy music video, created by Wild Lens Inc. Eyes on Conservation, uses song to share the story of sea otters and how threats of hunting and climate change have impacted their migration pattern and population. The video also raises awareness of the threat that marine recreation causes sea otters while simultaneously teaching viewers about the importance of biodiversity and saving endangered species.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 Guide: Activity 88—Life on the Edge and PLT’s high school modules Focus on Risk: Activity 6—Weighing the Options: A Look at Tradeoffs and Biodiversity: Activity 2—Protected Areas: Issues and Analysis)

 

Games

Offset Carbon Emissions

Want to help cut back on carbon emissions and slow the pace of global climate change? Check out this NASA produced educational game called OFFSET, appropriate for all ages. In the game you will see how CO2 is produced from burning coal and by gasoline powered cars. Playing the game, you will have to offset these carbon emissions by investing in clean wind energy farms, solar power, and/or electric cars.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 Guide: Activity 31—Plant a Tree, Activity 36—Pollution Search, and Activity 84—The Global Climate, for PLT’s E-Unit Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8: Activity 2—The Carbon Cycle and Activity 4—Climate Time Machine, and for PLT’s high school module Southeastern Forests & Climate Change: Activity 2—Clearing the Air)

 

Blog

30 Day Zero Waste Challenge!

Be Zero inspires, educates, and activates others to reduce their plastic and trash footprint for a sustainable future. Join the challenge with your students too! For example, one article on their blog called How to Pack a Zero Waste Kids Lunch highlights how one parent used a bento style stainless steel container called PlanetBox to easily pack their kids lunch and avoid using packaged foods.

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 Guide: Activity 37—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Activity 83—A Peek at Packaging, for PLT’s high school module Municipal Solid Waste: Activity 6—Landfills and Activity 7—Where Does your Garbage Go?, and for PLT’s GreenSchools Waste & Recycling Investigation)

 

Professional Development

Slide Show: A Closer Look at PLT’s Online Workshops

slide-show-introduction-PLT-online-workshopsTake a look at this new video slide show we’ve created, A Closer Look at PLT’s Online Workshops: What’s included and how to get started, to give you a flavor of PLT’s self-directed online courses that educators can access anytime, anywhere. You’ll learn what’s included, key features that provide a quality online learning experience, and how to earn continuing education credits. You’ll also hear feedback from educators who have tried a PLT online course.

Each online workshop includes an electronic version of a PLT supplemental curriculum guide and interactive features to guide you through the content. Lesson planning worksheets and videos of educators demonstrating PLT activities help you plan and facilitate a similar experience with your students and provide ideas for you to tailor the lesson to your curriculum and classroom. Some courses include quizzes and simulations for you to try out an activity from a student’s point of view.

Many of our state partners have added supplemental content to offer you a customized workshop experience. These include website scavenger hunts, lists of state-specific resources, and ideas for local place-based education.

 

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