Sample Student Activities

Check out these sample Project Learning Tree activities!

Cover of PLT Explore Your Environment K-8 Guide


Project Learning Tree’s Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide includes 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities to connect children to nature and increase young people’s awareness and knowledge about their environment.

Free Sample Activity for Grades K-2
– Backyard Safari

Students will go outside (whether it’s the school playground, a local park, or their backyard), look for signs of animal life, and consider how animals in their area get food, water, and shelter. Download this free sample activity.

Free Sample Activity for Grades 3-5
– Charting Biodiversity

Students will learn how animals in different environments have adapted to where they live, why there are so many different species, and the value of biodiversity. Download this free sample activity.

Free Sample Activity for Grades 6-8
– Field, Forest, and Stream

Students will observe how living and nonliving components (for example, sunlight, soil moisture, temperature, wind, and water flow) affect ecosystems. Download this free sample activity.



Treemendous Science!
– Picture a Tree

Designed for K-2 teachers, Treemendous Science! helps young learners explore, experience, observe, and collect data about trees. Download this free sample activity and take your students outdoors for a closer look at trees and their parts.

Energy in Ecosystems 
– Web of Life

Designed for 3rd-5th grade teachers, Energy in Ecosystems investigates ways in which organisms depend on each other to survive and thrive. Download this free sample activity to help students learn about food webs and discover the many ways that plants and animals of a forest ecosystem are connected.

Carbon & Climate
– Carbon Cycle in Action

Designed for 6th-8th grade teachers, Carbon & Climate provides activities and resources to help educators introduce students to some of the complex issues involved in climate change. Download a free sample worksheet for middle school students to explore the carbon cycle in action.