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Project Learning Tree's Forest Ecology Module

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Description: In the Project Learning Tree module The Changing Forest: Forest Ecology, students examine a forest's ecological systems, analyze interdependencies within a forest ecosystem, and explore factors, like fire, that shape development of forests. In addition, they develop critical-thinking skills and discover the importance of scientific analysis when making decisions about forest issues. To receive a copy of the guide, attend a PLT workshop. Visit http://www.plt.org/your-state-project-learning-tree-program to identify your PLT state coordinator and contact him or her to find out about PLT workshops near you.
Cost: No
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Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Grade: High (9-12)

Project Learning Tree's Energy & Society Kit

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Description: Students investigate the environmental issues related to energy's role in society. The kit includes an activity guide, an Energy & Me music CD and dance DVD, and a set of posters.
Cost: Yes
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Topic:
Energy Conservation
Sustainability
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)

Project Learning Tree's PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide

Resource Type: Lesson Plans
Description: This state-of-the art curriculum resource is packed with ninety-six multidisciplinary activities tailored to specific grade levels and learning objectives. Activities are grouped by theme and storyline. Most activities require few special supplies or extra preparation, and all include up-to-date student resources and reproducibles, background information for educators, and easy-to-follow instructions. Our new guide incorporates the latest innovations in education: Reading strategies are embedded within activities and reading connections list relevant fiction and nonfiction books; technology connections expose students to myriad software applications, imaging technologies, and Internet resources; assessment strategies are closely aligned with clear objectives; and suggestions for differentiated instruction help teachers reach students with varying needs and talents. To receive a copy of the guide, attend a Project Learning Tree workshop. Visit http://www.plt.org/environmental-education-activity-guide to identify your PLT state coordinator, and contact him or her to find out about PLT workshops near you.
Cost: No
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State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)

Gaia Girls Book Series

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Speaker
Description: Gaia Girls is an award-winning middle reader fiction series (two of seven planned books have been published) that incorporates real-world earth science, ecology, sustainability, and environmental issues within a fantastical tale. The hidden codes in the illustrations tie into online games. The author supplies classroom-ready games and puzzles and will launch an online learning platform called Gaia Quest. The books create an amazing platform to discuss sustainability and connect with science and English-language-acquisition curriculum. Author Lee Welles does school visits, virtual visits, and book-club call-in.
Cost: Yes
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State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)

Chemistry for a Sustainable World

Resource Type:
Green Design Projects
Information/Statistics
Resource List
Description: Having worked in green chemistry since about 1990, I hope to offer comments that help you evaluate what is good for the environment, what helps but could be better, and what is undesirable. This information is provided on my blog, where I discuss alternative energy sources, sustainability, global viewpoints, chemical issues, conservation, and related areas.
Cost: No
Time:
State: Missouri
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)