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PLT E-UNITS: STUDENT PAGES NOW AVAILABLE AS GOOGLE SLIDES
PLT’s online e-units for teachers in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 include downloadable Student Worksheets that teachers can assign to students to participate in the lesson. While the student pages have always been available as fillable PDFs and thus, could be integrated and edited in google docs, these worksheets are now also available as Google Slides compatible with Google Classroom. Google Slides allows for live and auto-saved edits making it easier for your students to make changes and have them immediately reflected in Google Classroom. Educators can find the links to the Google Slide Templates for each E-Unit, under the Tools Tab on the E-Unit site, as well as under Technical Support.
GUIDANCE FOR REOPENING SCHOOLS
With the school year now getting near, teachers, parents, and school districts are wrestling with some big decisions about reopening schools and how to safely bring students back. Developed by North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), eeGuidance for Reopening Schools offers recommendations, such as using the school grounds for outdoor classroom spaces as a strategy for adhering to physical distancing guidelines; engaging community environmental and outdoor education programs, such as nature centers, as alternative spaces for learning; tapping into the expertise of environmental educators to support teaching and learning; creating healthier learning environments; and supporting at-home learning.
(Need help? We encourage you to reach out to your Project Learning Tree Coordinator in your state. They have the expertise and local connections to provide teachers support for outdoor education. They can help with ways to safely use school grounds for learning. They can recommend PLT activities that suit your situation, can be done safely and meet state learning standards. They can also suggest ways to blend face-to-face and virtual teaching. Plus, PLT’s GreenSchools program can provide ideas for utilizing outdoor spaces for outdoor classrooms, as well as creating healthier learning environments, and our Activities for Families support at-home learning.
INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Video Demonstrations of PLT Activities
PLT Coordinators across the country have created demos for several of PLT’s K-8 environmental education activities. These simple videos of PLT activities in action, mostly created using smartphones, assist educators with activity ideas for remote teaching, summer camps with virtual programming, and parents with homeschooling.
(Resource for many of the 96 activities found in PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide)
A Listening Walk
The Jeffers Foundation, whose mission is to foster environmental stewardship through education, has created several instructional videos for children-at-home on various environmental topics. For example, in A Listening Walk, children can make a waterproof and reusable mat for sitting outdoors, collect acorns and other nuts with empty bottles, or harness their listening skills for nature sounds. This video pairs well with PLT’s activity called Sounds Around. Also, be sure to check out the children’s book The Listening Walk by Paul Showers, and more ideas for young learners to explore sounds around their neighborhood by Karen Christenson, an elementary school teacher with Saint Paul Public Schools in Minnesota who uses PLT to help form the core of her curriculum because, “it has such vibrant, engaging activities for both children and adults.”
(Resource for PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide: Activity 4—Sounds Around and PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood: Activity 2—Sounds Around)
Green Jobs Youth Personality Quiz
Project Learning Tree has launched an interactive quiz that allows youth to answer a few simple questions online and receive recommendations for a rewarding green career path that suits their personality. It’s fast, easy, and fun to do! — perfect for youth ages 12-25 looking to learn about what it takes to perform jobs in sustainability, forestry, and conservation. Try the quiz yourself at www.plt.org/greenjobsquiz.
(Resource for PLT’s Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers: Activity 1—Who Works in this Forest?)
Cool Jobs Video Series
Want to show your students how fun, interesting, and just downright cool being a scientist can be? Share with them this Cool Jobs video series that highlights what scientists do, how they do it, and how they got their jobs. There are 40 videos highlighting a variety of green careers including Biologist, Wildlife Conservationist, and Zoologist.
(Resource for PLT’s K-8 Guide: Activity 32—A Forest of Many Uses, Activity 34—Who Works in this Forest?, Activity 50—400 Acre Wood, and PLT’s Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers Guide: Activity 1—Who Works in this Forest? and Activity 3—Monitoring Forest Health)
Make That Paper: Careers in Forestry is an online game designed to help high school students learn about the forestry industry and career employability skills. In the game, students are managers in three different forest industry career tracks, hiring personnel, solving industry-related problems, and making sound business decisions. Objectives include maintaining sustainable, efficient, and successful management of the forest and production of forest products. The game is part of an ongoing partnership between GPB Education and Georgia Forestry Foundation to offer standards-aligned educational resources for 3rd -12th grade. It teaches students about working forests and real-world forestry jobs by simulating workplace scenarios and testing forestry industry knowledge.
(Resource for PLT’s K-8 Guide: Activity 32—A Forest of Many Uses, Activity 34—Who Works in this Forest?, Activity 51—Make Your Own Paper, and PLT’s Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers Guide: Activity 1—Who Works in this Forest? and Activity 2—If You Were the Boss)
Career Profile Cards
Explore jobs in the environment, natural resource, outdoor recreation, and renewable energy sectors with these Career Profile Cards, developed by the Pacific Education Institute. The cards highlight voices of individuals in those careers. Learn about the day-to-day, career pathway, and tips and tools of the trade from an Assistant Forester, Salmon Habitat Restoration Manager, Water Quality Biologist, and even the owner and founder of a Kayak company.
(Resource for PLT’s K-8 Guide: Activity 33—Forest Consequences, Activity 34—Who Works in this Forest?, Activity 54—I’d Like to Visit a Place Where…, and PLT’s Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers Guide: Activity 1—Who Works in this Forest?, Activity 2— If You Were the Boss, and Activity 4—Seeking Sustainability)
The video series North Country Calling: Finding Home in Northern New Hampshire documents four young people in New Hampshire who have found rewarding careers in forestry and the manufacture of wood products, in outdoor recreation and education. Their chosen paths strengthen their close connection with nature and fulfill their thirst for outdoor adventure. The videos, created by Northern Woodlands and the Northern Forest Center, highlight how residents in their 20s and 30s are upholding the North Country way of life and adapting it for the future.
(Resource for PLT’s K-8 Guide: Activity 34—Who Works in this Forest?, Activity 51—Make Your Own Paper, Activity 87—Earth Manners, and PLT’s Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers Guide: Activity 1—Who Works in this Forest? and Activity 2—If You Were the Boss)
Conservation Careers: Video Series from New York
The video series On the Front Lines, created by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, profiles conservation professionals working in New York’s natural lands and environments. Select the playlist “On the Front Lines” to choose from 25 videos highlighting a variety of green careers including Wildlife Biologist, Forest Health Specialist, and Environmental Educator.
(Resource for PLT’s K-8 Guide: Activity 12—Invasive Species, Activity 34—Who Works in this Forest?, Activity 88—Life on the Edge, and PLT’s Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers Guide: Activity 1—Who Works in this Forest?, Activity 2—If You Were the Boss, and Activity 3—Monitoring Forest Health)
Forests at Work: Video from a Science Teacher in Indiana
Go on an adventure with Rick Crosslin, a science teacher in Indiana, to investigate forest management in this video Forests at Work: An Indiana Expeditions Special. Students will learn how the genetic traits of seedlings can turn result in a tree farm full of magnificent hardwoods—similar to how our DNA can determine athletic ability, height, and muscle growth. Students will *virtually* follow foresters into the woodlands to learn about management practices and how these practices are changing the state’s forest composition, health, and overall recovery.
(Resource for PLT’s K-8 Guide: Activity 32—A Forest of Many Uses, Activity 62—To Be a Tree, Activity 63—Tree Factory, and PLT’s Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers Guide: Activity 2—If You Were The Boss and Activity 3—Monitoring Forest Health)