Welcome to PLT Resources

Welcome to our collection of resources and Student Pages for PLT Activities and GreenSchools Investigations.

If you have registered as a PLT GreenSchool, you can now access PLT’s GreenSchools Investigations

 

Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide 

Resources for this activity guide can be found at plt.org/myk8guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Biodiversity Blitz

      Activity 1 – Discovery Diversity 
      Activity 2 – Charting Biodiversity 
      Activity 3 – Web of Life

 

 

 

 

 

     Sensational Trees

      Activity 1 – The Closer You Look
      Activity 2 – Peppermint Beetle
      Activity 3 – Adopt a Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLT_COVER_Discover_Your_Urban_Forest_Grades 6-8

 

   Discover Your Urban Forest

    Activity 1 – Decisions, Decisions 
    Activity 2 – Environmental Justice for All
    Activity 3 – Forest in the City 

 

   

 

 

 

Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers

 

Introduction

Activity 1 – Who Works in this Forest?
Activity 2 – If You Were the Boss
Activity 3 – Monitoring Forest Health
Activity 4 – Seeking Sustainability

 

 

 

 

environmental-experiences-for-early-childhood-teachers-choice-award-cover-and-cdEarly Childhood

Activity 1 – The Shape of Things
Activity 2 – Sounds Around
Activity 3 – Get in Touch With Trees
Activity 4 – We All Need Trees
Activity 5 – Signs of Fall
Activity 6 – Evergreens in Winter
Activity 7 – Bursting Buds
Activity 8 – Adopt a Tree
Activity 9 – To Be A Tree
Activity 10 – Trees as Habitats
Activity 11 – Three Cheers for Trees

Music and Movement CD (MP3 files)

 

PPLT-PreK-8-environmental-education-guide-coverreK-8 Guide

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.

PLT state programs also create state-specific supplements and curate local resources and information to help make PLT activities more place-based for your state. This includes supporting features, such as literature connections, technology extensions, differentiated instruction, lesson plan templates, and student assessment tools.
For example, see Florida, Minnesota, Texas, and Wyoming.

Activity 1 – The Shape of Things
Activity 2 – Get in Touch with Trees
Activity 3 – Peppermint Beetle
Activity 4 – Sounds Around
Activity 5 – Poet-Tree
Activity 6 – Picture This!
Activity 7 – Habitat Pen Pals
Activity 8 – Forest of S.T. Shrew
Activity 9 – Planet Diversity
Activity 10 – Charting Diversity
Activity 11 – Can It Be Real?
Activity 12 – Invasive Species
Activity 13 – We All Need Trees
Activity 14 – Renewable or Not?
Activity 15 – A Few of My Favorite Things
Activity 16 – Pass the Plants, Please
Activity 17 – People of the Forest
Activity 18 – Tale of the Sun
Activity 19 – Viewpoints on the Line
Activity 20 – Environmental Exchange Box
Activity 21 – Adopt a Tree
Activity 22 – Trees as Habitats
Activity 23 – The Fallen Log
Activity 24 – Nature’s Recyclers
Activity 25 – Birds and Worms
Activity 26 – Dynamic Duos
Activity 27 – Every Tree for Itself
Activity 28 – Air Plants
Activity 29 – Rain Reasons
Activity 30 – Three Cheers for Trees
Activity 31 – Plant a Tree
Activity 32 – A Forest of Many Uses
Activity 33 – Forest Consequences
Activity 34 – Who Works in this Forest?
Activity 35 – Loving It Too Much
Activity 36 – Pollution Search
Activity 37 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Activity 38 – Every Drop Counts
Activity 39 – Energy Sleuths
Activity 40 – Then and Now
Activity 41 – How Plants Grow
Activity 42 – Sunlight and Shades of Green
Activity 43 – Have Seeds, Will Travel
Activity 44 – Water Wonders
Activity 45 – Web of Life
Activity 46 – School Yard Safari
Activity 47 – Are Vacant Lots Vacant?
Activity 48 – Field, Forest, and Stream
Activity 49 – Tropical Treehouse
Activity 50 – 400-Acre Wood
Activity 51 – Make Your Own Paper
Activity 52 – A Look at Aluminum
Activity 53- On the Move
Activity 54 – I’d Like to Visit a Place Where…
Activity 55 – Planning the Ideal Community
Activity 56 – We Can Work It Out
Activity 57 – Democracy in Action
Activity 58 – There Ought to Be a Law
Activity 59 – Power of Print
Activity 60 – Publicize It!
Activity 61 – The Closer You Look
Activity 62 – To Be a Tree
Activity 63 – Tree Factory
Activity 64 – Looking at Leaves
Activity 65 – Bursting Buds
Activity 66 – Germinating Giants
Activity 67 – How Big Is Your Tree?
Activity 68 – Name that Tree
Activity 69 – Forest for the Trees
Activity 70 – Soil Stories
Activity 71 – Watch on Wetlands
Activity 72 – Air We Breathe
Activity 73 – Waste Watchers
Activity 74 – People, Places, Things
Activity 75 – Tipi Talk
Activity 76 – Tree Cookies
Activity 77 – Trees in Trouble
Activity 78 – Signs of Fall
Activity 79 – Tree Lifecycle
Activity 80 – Nothing Succeeds Like Succession
Activity 81- Living with Fire
Activity 82 – Resource-Go-Round
Activity 83 – A Peek at Packaging
Activity 84 – The Global Climate
Activity 85 – In the Driver’s Seat
Activity 86 – Our Changing World
Activity 87 – Earth Manners
Activity 88 – Life on the Edge
Activity 89 – Trees for Many Reasons
Activity 90 – Native Ways
Activity 91 – In the Good Old Days
Activity 92 – A Look at Lifestyles
Activity 93 – Paper Civilizations
Activity 94 – By the Rivers of Babylon
Activity 95 – Did You Notice?
Activity 96 – Improve Your Place

 

PLT-energy-and-society-kit-coverEnergy & Society

Activity 1 – Energy Detectives
Activity 2 – May the Source Be with You
Activity 3 – Energy Chains
Activity 4 – What Powers the Move?
Activity 5 – In the Driver’s Seat
Activity 6 – Energy Challenge Game

Part 2 – Student Energy Primer
Part 4 – Case Study: The Sacramento Shade Tree Program
Part 4 – Case Study: The Wind-up Radio

 

GreenSchools Investigations covers

 

 

GreenSchools

Energy Investigation
Water Investigation
Waste & Recycling Investigation
School Site Investigation
Environmental Quality Investigation

Greening Communities with PLT GreenSchools Guide

 

 

PLT Teaching with i-Tree coverTeaching with i-Tree

Activity 1 – Tree Benefits and Identification
Activity 2 – Tree Value
Activity 3 – Land Manager Role Play

 

 

 

 

 

Southeastern Forests and Climate Change

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Activity 1 – Stepping through Climate Science
Activity 2 – Clearing the Air
Activity 3 – Atlas of Change
Activity 4 – The Changing Forests
Activity 5 – Managing Forest for Change
Activity 6 – Mapping Seed Sources
Activity 7 – Carbon on the Move
Activity 8 – Counting Carbon
Activity 9 – The Real Cost
Activity 10 – Adventures in Life Cycles Assessment
Activity 11 – Life Cycle Assessment Debate
Activity 12 – The Carbon Puzzle
Activity 13 – Future of Our Forests

 

 

PLT-focus-on-forests-curriculum-coverFocus on Forests

Introduction
> Teacher Page – Suggestions for Using “Forests Are More Than Trees”
> Student Page – Forests Are More Than Trees 
> Student Page – Questions for “Forests Are More Than Trees”
> Teacher Page – Answer Key for “Forests Are More Than Trees”

Activity 1 – Monitoring Forest Health
Activity 2 – Story of Succession
Activity 3 – Who Owns America’s Forests?
Activity 4 – Tough Choices
Activity 5 – The Nature of Fire
Activity 6 – Forest to Faucet
Activity 7 – Forest Invaders
Activity 8 – Climate Change and Forests
Activity 9 – Words to Live By

Bonus Activity – West Nile Virus: Forests Help Reduce the Risk
In response to the increase of West Nile virus in some communities, researchers at Auburn University have been studying factors that influence outbreaks of the disease, including the effect of urbanization on mosquito populations. 

 

PLT-forests-of-the-world-curriculum-coverForests of the World

Forests of the World Poster
> PDF to download for projecting (6 MB)
> PDF to download for printing 24″ x 36″ (18 MB)

Introduction
> Student Primer – The Forest Planet
> Teacher Page – World Forest Tour Instructions
> Student Page – World Forest Tour Cards

Activity 1 – Making the Global Connection
Activity 2 – What Is a Forest?
Activity 3 – Mapping the World’s Forests
Activity 4 – Analyzing Patterns of Forest Change
Activity 5 – Understanding the Effects of Forest Uses
Activity 6 – Seeking Sustainability: A Global Response
Activity 7 – Exploring the World Marketplace
Activity 8 – Making Consumer Choices
Activity 9 – Researching Forests Around the World

 

PLT-places-we-live-curriculum-coverPlaces We Live

Activity 1 – Personal Places
Activity 2 – Community Character
Activity 3 – Mapping Your Community Through Time
Activity 4 – Neighborhood Design
Activity 5 – Green Space
Activity 6 – A Vision for the Future
Activity 7 – Far-Reaching Decisions
Activity 8 – Regional Community Issues: The Ogallala Aquifer

 

 

 

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Biodiversity

Activity 1 – Global Invaders
Activity 2 – Protected Areas: Issues and Analysis
Activity 3 – Potatoes, Pesticides, and Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

PLT-biotechnology-curriculum-coverBiotechnology

Activity 1 – Biotechnology and You
Activity 2 – Bioremediation
Activity 3 – Biotechnology and Human Health
Activity 4 – Biotechnology

 

 

 

 

 

Cover for the Focus on Risk high school curriculumFocus on Risk

Activity 1 – What Is Risk?
Activity 2 – Things Aren’t Always What They Seem
Activity 3 – Chances Are…Understanding Probability and Risk
Activity 4 – Risk Assessment: Tools of the Trade
Activity 5 – Communicating Risk
Activity 6 – Weighing the Options: A Look at Tradeoffs
Activity 7 – Decision Making: Ecological Risk, Wildfires, and Natural Disasters
Special Topic – Electromagnetic Fields
Special Topic – Chlorine
Special Topic – Plastics
Activity 8 – Taking Action: Reducing Risk in Your School or Community

 

Cover for the Municipal Solid Waste high school curriculumMunicipal Solid Waste

Activity 1 – Introduction to Municipal Solid Waste: The Waste Stream
Activity 2 – Source Reduction
Activity 3 – Recycling and Economics
Activity 4 – Composting
Activity 5 – Waste-to-Energy
Activity 6 – Landfills
Activity 7 – Where Does Your Garbage Go?
Activity 8 – Take Action: Success Stories and Personal Choices