Teaches Students HOW to Think, Not What to Think
PLT activities are: hands-on, appropriate for indoor and outdoor learning, designed for formal and non-formal educators of children in grades PreK-12, and interdisciplinary – integrating important environmental lessons into the sciences, mathematics, art, social studies, language arts, music, and English.
The only way to get any PLT materials is to attend a PLT workshop.
Contains 96 interdisciplinary, hands-on activities about trees and natural resources (land, air, water). Activities give students opportunities to investigate environmental issues and encourages learners to make informed, responsible decisions. Visit the PLT national Web site to sample the PLT activity,"Environmental Exchange Box"or"MakeYour Own Paper"
The 2006 edition of the Project Learning Tree preK-8 activity guide (orange and purple cover) contains some significant and exciting changes from earlier versions (blue cover), including: safety tips, updated background and statistics, strengthened assessments, improved graphics and photos, and two new activities, "Invasive Species" and "The Global Climate". See the outline of specific changes made to activities in the 2006 edition. PLT activities are correlated to Minnesota academic standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Supplementary Resources to the 2006 edition include:
- Resources, Earth & Sky Radio shows, and PDFs of STUDENT PAGES for each activity
- Reading connections
- Technology connections
- Resources for Spanish-speaking students
If you already have the PLT PreK-8 Activity Guide (either version), you can use these supplemental pages with PLT activities:
|Activity #||Activity Name||Supplemental Page|
Renewable or Not
Adopt a Tree
The Fallen Log
Birds and Worms
Web of Life
How Big is Your Tree?
|Name That Tree||Tree Snapshots|
"Do you write in the margins of your PLT guide"? Dr. John Guyton, a Wildlife and Fisheries associate professor of Extension at Mississippi State University does and he has created a fun, quirky booklet titled Marginalia. This booklet is sure to enhance your PLT lessons.
PLT has six Secondary Modules designed for middle- and high-school educators that offer in-depth activities focused on specific topics:
- Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests
- The Changing Forest: Forest Ecology
- Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste
- Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk
- Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live
- Global Connections: Forests of the World
Three additional Secondary resources are available:
- Introductory Handbook to the Secondary Modules
- Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity
- On-line Fire Ecology Lessons: "Burning Issues"
Developed by and for early childhood educators in Minnesota, this supplemental guide contains 11 indoor and outdoor activities designed for learners ages 3-4 and 5-6. Each activity includes: a main activity, music/movement, art, books, cognitive activity, reflection questions, and snack. Activities are modeled on the principles of free choice, hands-on learning, and open-ended activities. The guide is to be used with the PLT PreK-8 Activity Guide.
This early childhood guide was developed using the tenets of early childhood education as outlined in the Natural Wonders: Guide to Early Childhood for Environmental Educators.
Check the workshop calendar to find an available early childhood workshop.