Project Learning Tree Materials
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 8
PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide contains 96 hands-on interdisciplinary activities on such topics as water and air quality, ecology, climate change, urban environments, and recycling. The guide is designed so that an educator can use a single activity or many activities over the course of a quarter or year.
The PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide includes:
- 96 interdisciplinary activities grouped by theme and storyline
- Activities incorporate reading connections, technology connections, differentiated instruction, and assessment strategies
- Most activities require few special supplies or extra preparation
- All activities include up-to-date student resources and reproducible student pages, background information for educators, easy-to-follow instructions, and additional online resources
- Activities are correlated to national and most state learning standard
Environmental Experiences for Early ChildhoodExploring nature is a complete sensory experience, and early experiences with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of children's imaginations and their senses of wonder and curiosity—important motivators for lifelong learning. PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood encourages children to explore, discover, and communicate in expressive ways, and provides an introduction to environmental education at a key developmental period in children’s lives.
Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, the guide is designed for educators who work with children ages 3 to 6. It offers over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons. An accompanying CD features music from children's musician Billy B. Brennan that encourages children to sing, dance, and move.
The activities include group experiences, such as music and movement, and neighborhood walks; learning centers, such as math and manipulatives and art; reading connections; and family and friends.
PLT's secondary environmental education modules meet common components of national education reform by using the constructivist approach to learning, whole language teaching, cooperative learning, problem solving, and authentic assessments. The modules are intended for grades 9-12 but can be adapted for other audiences such as entry level college course and adult community groups.
- Focus on Risk
- Municipal Solid Waste
- Places We Live
- Forests of the World
- Forests of the World
Energy & Society
PLT’s Energy & Society program kit helps students in grades PreK-8 learn about their relationship with energy and investigate the environmental issues related to energy’s role in society.
Earth & Sky CorrelationsPLT teamed up with the Earth & Sky Radio Program to combine the power of radio, the internet, and PLT. The Earth & Sky radio shows have been correlated directly to PLT activities to help enhance teachers’ use of the radio shows and PLT materials.