STEM Strategies

Engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math with these suggestions for enriching activities found in Project Learning Tree’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.

  • Producer

    STEM: Nature’s Recyclers

    Decomposers live off dead material and recycle nutrients into the soil for reuse by plants. These STEM activities teach students about producers, consumers, and decomposers.

  • Conceptual example of a storyboard

    STEM: Resource-Go-Round

    Students identify some of their favorite and essential products that come from a renewable resource—trees!—and research how they are manufactured.

  • Petroglyphs-Utah-storytelling

    STEM: Tale of the Sun

    Ideas to engage elementary and middle school students in science, technology, engineering, and math as they learn about history, tradition, and storytelling.

  • Classification system by Carl Linnaeus

    STEM: Picture This!

    Why do some organisms live in many environments while others are only found in very unique places? These STEM activities teach students about species diversity.

  • Wetlands-Algonquin-provincial-park-Canada

    STEM: Watch on Wetlands

    Use these ideas to engage middle school students in STEM as they explore wetlands and learn about why they are important.

  • Youth planting a tree

    STEM: Plant a Tree

    There is much to know before planting a tree. These STEM lessons help students learn how to plant the right tree in the right place.

  • forest-fire

    STEM: Living With Fire

    Use these STEM lessons to teach students the difference between a wildfire and a prescribed fire, and how fire can be beneficial to forests when it is planned and managed.

  • Pileated-Woodpecker-babies-in-nest-cavity

    STEM: Trees As Habitats

    Engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as they explore why snags make excellent habitats for birds, mammals, insects, fungi, amphibians, and reptiles.

  • STEM: Invasive Species

    Engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as they learn about the impact invasive species have on ecosystems and biodiversity.

  • PLT-tree-lifecylce-diagram

    STEM: Tree Lifecycle

    Engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as they learn about a tree’s lifecycle.

  • five-tips-for-math-word-wall

    STEM: Poet-Tree

    Engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through the power of the written word. Try these enrichments for Project Learning Tree’s Poet-Tree activity.

  • STEM: Looking at Leaves

    Engage students in STEM to examine the physical characteristics of leaves and investigate how they can be used to identify trees with Project Learning Tree’s Looking At Leaves activity.

  • STEM: Field, Forest, and Stream

    Students investigate the interactions between living and non-living components in three local ecosystems with Project Learning Tree’s Field, Forest, and Stream activity.

  • STEM: Signs of Fall

    Engage students in STEM teaching and learning as they investigate the variables that cause leaves to change color with PLT’s Activity 78: Signs of Fall.

  • STEM: Have Seeds, Will Travel

    Whether floating on the air, getting carried by animals, or catching waves, plants use many techniques to send their seeds far and wide. Use this STEM focused PLT activity to teach about plant reproduction and seed dispersal.

  • STEM: Web of Life

    Discover how plants and animals are connected by taking a closer look at your local ecosystem to examine the interdependence of living organisms.

  • STEM: A Look at Lifestyles

    Use this PLT activity to examine products in today’s technology-based world and reflect on present, past, and future attitudes toward natural resource consumption.

  • STEM: Improve Your Place

    Help students use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math applications to identify ways they can improve their school or neighborhood.

  • STEM: Every Drop Counts

    Help students cut back on water waste using these Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math applications.

  • STEM: Bursting Buds

    Spring is here! Flowers are beginning to bloom and new leaves are growing on the trees. Have your students take a closer look at trees to identify where leaves come from and how changing conditions affect leaf growth.

  • STEM: Adopt a Tree

    Encourage a greater understanding of your local environment and a tree’s place in it using this STEM focused activity.

  • STEM: Pass the Plants, Please

    Show your students how many of their favorite foods come from plants and engage them in real-world STEM learning.