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  • Welcome to PLT Online Course
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    Discover the benefits of Project Leaning Tree in this FREE online course. Learn how we have been helping students and educators for 40 years. Our positive impact lies in our award-winning supplemental curriculum materials, our extensive ntework, and our hands on professional development experiences.

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  • Nature Activities for Families
    Keyword(s): Early Childhood; Elementary & Middle
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    What's included:

    • Over 30 family activities to try while walking in the forest, visiting a local park, or exploring your own backyard.
    • There are also family activities to do around your home, while indoors on a rainy day, or when you just can’t get outside! You’ll discover easy ways to green your home – and save money.
    • Suitable for children ages 3 - 15, some activities work better for younger children, while others are more advanced. The way you present them will change depending on each child's knowledge and ability.
    • Journal pages are included, with room for children to make notes and draw sketches of what they observe.

    The price is 16.95, which includes shipping and handling.

    Encouraging children to spend time outside in nature can improve their creativity and imagination, classroom performance and academic achievement, as well as their overall health and fitness. If you’re looking for entertaining and educational ways to engage children or grandchildren in the outdoors, Project Learning Tree’s Nature Activities for Families booklet is ideal.

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    Product Features: These fun and easy-to-do activities are perfect for parents – and grandparents – to help introduce children to nature in your own yard and local parks. Use PLT’s Nature Activities for Families to take children outdoors in ways that are safe, fun, and full of learning!
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  • Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood (Online Course + E-Guide)
    Abstract:

    Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide is specifically designed for educators who work with children ages 3 to 6. The activities help teach reading, writing, science, math, and motor skills to young learners. They are correlated to NAEYC Standards and Head Start Child Outcomes Framework.

    What’s Included:

    1. Self-paced online workshop (approximately 3 hours)

    • 5 coursels (each a 20–30-minute learning experience) include simulations and videos that model PLT’s Early Childhood Activities
    • Exercises and worksheets help you plan and facilitate Group Experiences with your early learners
    • Tips to maximize young children’s use of 6 types of Learning Centers found in your Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood activity guide (digital version included with the online workshop).

    Review this course Welcome Letter for more information

    2. PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood e-Guide

    • Over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration
    • Downloadable music files encourage children to sing, dance, and move
    • The fun and hands-on activities meet learning standards (including National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework).

    Print version and Music CD available for an additional fee.

    Continuing education credits are available for educators in Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Montana and Texas.

    After completing this online workshop, you will be able to easily incorporate PLT activities into your existing lessons. You’ll be connected with a diverse and supportive professional network. And you will be eligible to apply for a PLT GreenWorks! grant to green your school or neighborhood with your students.

    Here's what a few teachers who have used the course have said:

    • "Well presented, well organized, clear and easy to follow with lots of wonderful ideas and opportunities!"
    • "The online course is very helpful. I learned different activities and ideas to implement activities in all areas of development and bring nature in to the class. The worksheets along with the book and the other resources are very helpful. I definitely will recommend the online workshop to other colleagues and friends." -- Perla Manquero Perez, Early Childhood Educator, Colorado
    • "PLT gave me many ideas for how to make learning fun and engaging for young children and showed me the importance of outdoor play as well as how to bring outdoor play indoors."
    • "This was a great way to receive the training. I was able to complete it at my own pace. The activities also helped me to engage with the materials and have action steps for my classroom." -- Jennifer Snodgrass, Early Childhood Educator, District of Columbia

    Preview an activity from PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide.

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    Product Features: Project Learning Tree's award-winning early childhood materials help you safely take your young learners outdoors and bring nature into the classroom, whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural community.
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  • Environmental Education for K-8 (Online Course + E-Guide)
    Keyword(s): Elementary and Middle
    Abstract:

    What’s included:

    1. Self-paced online workshop (approximately 4 hours)

    • 7 coursels (each a 20–30-minute learning experience)
    • Engaging and interactive learning experiences demonstrate select PLT activities with simulations and video demonstrations
    • Lesson planning exercises help you plan how to facilitate activities with your students in your own setting

    Review this course Welcome Letter for more information

    The course meets your professional development requirements and can be completed in your own time, wherever you are, as long as you have internet access. Some states offer continuing education credits and state-specific supplemental resources.

    2. PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity e-Guide

    • 96 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities integrate core subjects like science, reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies
    • Background and science content is provided for teachers
    • Each activity includes correlations to state academic standards, Common Core State Standards, and supports the Next Generation Science Standards' three dimensional approach
    • Features include literature connections; technology extensions; cooperative learning; differentiated instruction; and student assessment tools
    • Topics include forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and more 

    A digital version of the guide is included with this online course. A print version of the guide is available for an additional $24.99. 

    State-specific supplements are included with this course for educators in California, Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

    Continuing education credits are available for Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Texas and Wyoming.

    After completing this online workshop, you will be able to easily incorporate PLT activities into your existing lessons. You’ll be connected with a diverse and supportive professional network. And you will be eligible to apply for a PLT GreenWorks! grant to green your school or neighborhood with your students.

    Here's what a few teachers who have used the course have said:

    • "This was a very well done online PD program. The pace was appropriate, the media was well thought out, produced and presented. I was very satisfied."
    • "I enjoyed the how to videos, and also the worksheets that let me brainstorm for implementing with my students, I also am very glad it was online, because I don't have time to visit in person workshops." -- Seth Martin, Natural Resource Professional, Michigan
    • "This was a fabulous online workshop and I look forward to taking my learnings into my classroom next week!!! Great resources and very clear presentation of the material. The video clips were great to see the activities in action!" -- Megan Madu, Elementary School Teacher, British Columbia, Canada

    Preview an activity from PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide:

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    Product Features: Project Learning Tree's multi-disciplinary, hands-on activities make teaching and learning fun! Use the environment to engage your students in learning – both outside and indoors – in urban, suburban, or rural settings. PLT teaches students how to think, not what to think about the environment. Activities are designed to develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

    Lesson plans are flexible and can be easily incorporated into existing curriculum or non-formal education programs. The activities are correlated to state and national academic standards, including Common Core, and have an emphasis on STEM. Join the 650,000 educators across the country who use PLT’s award-winning materials with their students. Independent evaluators determined PLT increases students’ knowledge, reasoning, and academic skills.
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  • Energy & Society Kit
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    Developed for both formal and nonformal educators, Energy & Society helps students learn about energy sources and uses. It develops their critical thinking skills to help them make decisions about their personal energy use. In addition to hands-on activities, Energy & Society integrates music and dance to enhance children’s study of energy issues.

    Designed for best use with grades 4-8, the kit includes an activity guide, an award-winning Energy & Me CD and dance DVD, and two sets of posters. Six hands-on activities are supplemented by additional resources found in PLT's online energy resource center at www.PLT.org. 

    What’s included:

    • Energy & Society Activity Guide
    • Energy & Me CD
    • Energy & Me DVD
    • 8 copies of a classroom poster, Where is the Energy?
    • 8 copies of a classroom poster, What Powers the Move?

     You can choose to use single activities in the guide, or you can use all of the materials as part of a unit. The guide includes background information for educators; correlations to national standards in science, social studies, and English language arts; ideas for action projects and science fair projects; energy-related case studies; a list of energy-related children's literature and other resources; and lyrics to the songs on the Energy & Me CD. The guide’s student energy primer provides more information about specific energy resources, such as fossil fuels, nuclear, biomass, hydropower, solar, and more. It is designed so you can duplicate it for use with your students. To supplement this kit, visit PLT's Energy Resource Center at www.PLT.org for specific connections to STEM, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core State Standards, as well as up-to-date information and resources on topics such as "fracking" and climate change, recommendations for children’s books, careers in energy, and more!;

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    Product Features: Students learn to investigate environmental issues related to energy's role in society. This award-winning kit is filled with activities, music, videos, and classroom resources to help you teach about energy.
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  • GreenSchools Online Course
    Abstract:

    Complete this online course for tips on starting a GreenSchools program, how to obtain equipment and collect data, and ways to empower your students to design and lead an action project.

    In this self-paced online workshop (approximately 6 hours), you will:

    • Get an introduction to PLT’s GreenSchools program
    • Learn how to effectively engage your students in conducting each of the five investigations (Energy, School Site, Waste and Recycling, Water, and Environmental Quality) in your own educational setting
    • Find out how to obtain equipment and collect data
    • Participate in interactive learning experiences that will enable you to facilitate a green schools program at your school and get the support of school administrators, staff, parents, and community members
    • Engage in planning exercises to help you be successful in implementing the program
    • Discover ways to empower your students to design and lead an action project
    • See video demonstrations of GreenSchools students and educators in action
    • Understand the benefits of PLT GreenSchools – for students and your school
    • Get tips on how to measure your students’ impact and celebrate successes

    Review this course Welcome Letter for more information. 

    Continuing education credits are available for educators in Florida, Michigan and Montana.

    Here's what a few teachers who have used the course have said:

    • "The workshop was very helpful. I loved how it was very clear and had video clips of actual students becoming active environmental leaders. This workshop motivates me to become a GreenSchool Certified." --Linda Lai, Early Childhood Educator, California
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    Product Features: Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program that teaches students how to think, not what to think. PLT’s GreenSchools program inspires students to improve the environment at their school, home, and in their community. This nationwide service-learning program provides training and resources for teachers and students to reduce their school’s environmental impact, improve health, and save money. Give your students the opportunity to apply their STEM skills to make a difference in their world!
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  • GreenSchools Investigations
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    PLT's GreenSchools program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community. Student-led Green Teams apply STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to create greener and healthier schools - and save schools money!

    Five hands-on, student-driven investigations are at the heart of PLT's GreenSchools program. Get PLT's GreenSchools Investigations in a single spiral-bound, printed guide.

    1. Energy Investigation - Students investigate how much energy their school uses, the main sources of that energy, and ways to implement energy-saving strategies.
    2. Environmental Quality Investigation - Students investigate areas where improvements can be made in indoor air quality, transportation, chemical use, and more.
    3. School Site Investigation - Students investigate natural habitats, wildlife, trees, grounds maintenance practices, and ways to make improvements to their school site.
    4. Waste and Recycling Investigation - Students investigate how much waste their school generates and where it goes, as well as recycling and composting efforts.
    5. Water Investigation - Students investigate the source, cost, and quality of their school's water supply, and ways to enhance current water conservation practices

    There are specific things to measure and observe, worksheets to fill out, and guidance on how to combine your various bits of data into a school-wide analysis.

    Also included is an Adult Leaders Guide that provides information on the importance of greening schools to make them healthier places for students and teachers to learn and work, and specific examples of how the GreenSchools Investigations support STEM education. There are tips on how to form a Green Team, suggestions for how students might conduct the Investigations, and ways to obtain grants for action projects.

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  • Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity
    Keyword(s): Secondary
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    In this Project Learning Tree high school module, students learn that decisions about growth and development, energy use and water quality, and even human health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity. Educators and students step back from biodiversity issues and specific species to examine broader concepts and larger connections—not just biological, but political, cultural, ethical, and economic as well.

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  • Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk Biotechnology Supplement
    Keyword(s): Secondary
    Abstract:

    Teaching biotechnology in the classroom can be a wonderful way to increase student interest in science and technology while at the same time showcasing what biotechnology can do for us, and how much it is part of our everyday lives.

    Project Learning Tree’s Biotechnology module is designed for high school and community college educators in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Social Studies, and Agriculture. A special effort has been made to construct activities that support instruction in AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Human Geography. This module was created as a supplement to PLT’s Focus on Risk curriculum, available by participating in a PLT in-person workshop. For more information, visit www.plt.org.

    There are four activities, each of which has a lab component. The lab exercises serve as engaging enrichments but they are not required to complete the activities. If you have the opportunity to include these lab exercises in your teaching, you will find they are inexpensive and easy to implement.

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    Product Features: The word “biotechnology” usually conjures images of modern techniques and topics of controversy such as cloning, stem cell research, and genetically modified organisms. However, the practice of manipulating organisms to create a product has long been used by human societies.
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