Treemendous Science

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Treemendous Science

Project Learning Tree's e-units are self-contained units of instruction that are fully online. These multi-disciplinary lessons are designed to be easy for teachers to access and use. The activities are flexible, can be easily incorporated into your existing curriculum. The e-units are everything you expect from PLT: hands-on and engaging activities that help teach students how – not what – to think about the environment and their place within it. Lessons are designed to develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
The e-units support learning as a developmental progression. The K-2 developmental period represents a time of significant adjustment, knowledge gain, and personal growth, with different children developing at different paces. For this reason, this e-unit is designed to be flexible and scaffold learning across K–2 grade levels and student competencies. Highlights include:
 
  • Lessons constructed around – rather than simply correlated to – targeted performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). They build on one another to foster students’ understanding and skills for meeting the specific standards. 
  • Alignment with Common Core State Standards for both English Language Arts and Mathematics. Correlations are showcased for educators using innovative and interactive hyperlinks. 
  • Explicit ties to the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies. 
  • Organization and navigation that centers upon the BSCS 5E Instructional Model – engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate.
Teachers may use individual activities as stand-alone investigations or choose to conduct all e-unit activities from beginning to end. 

What’s included: 

  1. Supporting, self-paced online professional development (approximately 3 hours) 
  • 6 coursels (each a 20–30-minute learning experience) 
  • Video demonstrations of select PLT activities
  • Lesson planning exercises to help you plan how to facilitate activities with your students in your own setting  
  • Certificate of completion 
  • Optional: Continuing education credits and state-specific supplemental resources are offered in some states. For more information, contact your State PLT Coordinator.

2. Treemendous Science! e-unit

With the Treemendous Science! e-unit, K-2 students explore and collect tree data to develop understandings about how trees grow, the roles trees play in ecosystems, and the ways in which trees and humans interact.

A unique feature of Treemendous Science! is that it’s organized around three levels, which approximately correspond to kindergarten (Level A), first grade (Level B), and second grade (Level C). You have the option of presenting one level in its entirety or picking and choosing from the different levels, depending on the needs and competencies of your student population.

The e-unit contains:

  • detailed step-by-step lesson plans
  • downloadable student pages to guide learning
  • a range of assessment tools, including pre- and post-assessments and evaluation rubrics
  • easy-to-understand teacher background information
  • comprehensive, interactive connections to academic standards
  • resources for customizing the lessons to your students and situation
  • suggestions for fiction and non-fiction books to enhance the activities
  • more teaching tools including links to websites, videos, online quizzes, and other supplementary resources

Review this Overview about the Treemendous Science! e-unit and this Welcome Letter for more information about the unit’s accompanying online workshop.

After completing the online workshop, you’ll be connected with a diverse and supportive professional network. You’ll also be eligible to apply for a PLT GreenWorks! grant to implement an action project with your students at your school or in your neighborhood.

Here's what a few teachers have said so far:

  • “PLT’s Treemendous Science! e-unit is hands-on, easy to follow, and can be easily manipulated to fit a teacher's time, materials, and teaching preferences. It is a great jumping off point for teachers new to teaching about the natural world and a great resource for those that have some of these elements already embedded in their teaching.” – Heather Tate, Kindergarten lead teacher at Evergreen Community Charter School, Asheville, NC
  • “What a great unit for First Grade! I am definitely using it—possibly all year—for my science. Thanks to PLT, my theme this year is ‘trees.’ I’m psyched!” – Denise Brown, Rockaway Park, New York.
  • “I have completed the entire K-2 Treemendous Science! Unit. It was pure pleasure and very helpful and informative to me as a K-5 science teacher. I will definitely utilize this curriculum and recommend it to colleagues.” – Marcia Raubenstrauch, Ridgway, Pennsylvania
  • “I have to tell you, I am enamored!! I would LOVE to use this wonderful unit in my kindergarten classroom this school year!” – Linda Duchnick, Patterson, California

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Treemendous Science

Keyword(s): Elementary; Early Childhood
Abstract:
The e-units support learning as a developmental progression. The K-2 developmental period represents a time of significant adjustment, knowledge gain, and personal growth, with different children developing at different paces. For this reason, this e-unit is designed to be flexible and scaffold learning across K–2 grade levels and student competencies. Highlights include:
 
  • Lessons constructed around – rather than simply correlated to – targeted performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). They build on one another to foster students’ understanding and skills for meeting the specific standards. 
  • Alignment with Common Core State Standards for both English Language Arts and Mathematics. Correlations are showcased for educators using innovative and interactive hyperlinks. 
  • Explicit ties to the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies. 
  • Organization and navigation that centers upon the BSCS 5E Instructional Model – engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate.
Teachers may use individual activities as stand-alone investigations or choose to conduct all e-unit activities from beginning to end. 

What’s included: 

  1. Supporting, self-paced online professional development (approximately 3 hours) 
  • 6 coursels (each a 20–30-minute learning experience) 
  • Video demonstrations of select PLT activities
  • Lesson planning exercises to help you plan how to facilitate activities with your students in your own setting  
  • Certificate of completion 
  • Optional: Continuing education credits and state-specific supplemental resources are offered in some states. For more information, contact your State PLT Coordinator.

2. Treemendous Science! e-unit

With the Treemendous Science! e-unit, K-2 students explore and collect tree data to develop understandings about how trees grow, the roles trees play in ecosystems, and the ways in which trees and humans interact.

A unique feature of Treemendous Science! is that it’s organized around three levels, which approximately correspond to kindergarten (Level A), first grade (Level B), and second grade (Level C). You have the option of presenting one level in its entirety or picking and choosing from the different levels, depending on the needs and competencies of your student population.

The e-unit contains:

  • detailed step-by-step lesson plans
  • downloadable student pages to guide learning
  • a range of assessment tools, including pre- and post-assessments and evaluation rubrics
  • easy-to-understand teacher background information
  • comprehensive, interactive connections to academic standards
  • resources for customizing the lessons to your students and situation
  • suggestions for fiction and non-fiction books to enhance the activities
  • more teaching tools including links to websites, videos, online quizzes, and other supplementary resources

Review this Overview about the Treemendous Science! e-unit and this Welcome Letter for more information about the unit’s accompanying online workshop.

After completing the online workshop, you’ll be connected with a diverse and supportive professional network. You’ll also be eligible to apply for a PLT GreenWorks! grant to implement an action project with your students at your school or in your neighborhood.

Here's what a few teachers have said so far:

  • “PLT’s Treemendous Science! e-unit is hands-on, easy to follow, and can be easily manipulated to fit a teacher's time, materials, and teaching preferences. It is a great jumping off point for teachers new to teaching about the natural world and a great resource for those that have some of these elements already embedded in their teaching.” – Heather Tate, Kindergarten lead teacher at Evergreen Community Charter School, Asheville, NC
  • “What a great unit for First Grade! I am definitely using it—possibly all year—for my science. Thanks to PLT, my theme this year is ‘trees.’ I’m psyched!” – Denise Brown, Rockaway Park, New York.
  • “I have completed the entire K-2 Treemendous Science! Unit. It was pure pleasure and very helpful and informative to me as a K-5 science teacher. I will definitely utilize this curriculum and recommend it to colleagues.” – Marcia Raubenstrauch, Ridgway, Pennsylvania
  • “I have to tell you, I am enamored!! I would LOVE to use this wonderful unit in my kindergarten classroom this school year!” – Linda Duchnick, Patterson, California
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Product Features: Project Learning Tree's e-units are self-contained units of instruction that are fully online. These multi-disciplinary lessons are designed to be easy for teachers to access and use. The activities are flexible, can be easily incorporated into your existing curriculum. The e-units are everything you expect from PLT: hands-on and engaging activities that help teach students how – not what – to think about the environment and their place within it. Lessons are designed to develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
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