Perhaps more than any other environmental issue, the topic of climate change challenges science teachers to accurately convey data, reveal assumptions, and engage critical-thinking skills. Designed for students in grades 6-8, Carbon & Climate provides activities and resources to help educators meet these challenges, introducing students to some of the complex issues involved in climate change. Review this Overview to learn more about what students will do, the setting, and time required to complete each individual activity.
Project Learning Tree's hands-on and engaging activities help teach students how to think, not what to think, about the environment and their place within it.
1. Carbon & Climate e-unit
Project Learning Tree's e-units support learning as a developmental progression. Teachers may use individual activities as stand-alone investigations or choose to conduct all e-unit activities from beginning to end.
The e-unit contains:
Review this Overview to learn more about what students will do, the setting, and time required to complete each individual activity.
2. Online professional development
The self-paced online workshop (approximately 3 hours) includes:
Review this Welcome Letter for more information about the unit’s accompanying online workshop.
Continuing education credits and state-specific supplemental resources are offered in some states. For more information, contact your State PLT Coordinator.
Here's what a few teachers have said about PLT’s Carbon & Climate e-unit:
“I would especially recommend the Carbon & Climate unit because I have not found other resources that were as explanatory or hands-on as these to teach this subject matter.” - Teacher's Choice Award reviewer
“I teach in the middle of coal-country, Eastern Kentucky, and was very hesitant to teach this topic in depth. I want to thank you for helping me to approach a difficult topic with my students from a scientific point of view and for helping change perceptions in our region.” - Susan Marvin, Hazard, Kentucky
“The lessons are extremely well thought out and thorough. They are standards-based and follow a research-based framework for implementation.” - Teacher's Choice Award reviewer
“Project Learning Tree has a long history with me personally for quality materials. Going digital has really stepped up their game in presenting this valuable content; it makes everything engaging and accessible.” - Teacher's Choice Award reviewer
PLT Professional Development
Did you know? PLT’s 50-state network offers educators both in-person and blended professional development that is planned and conducted by locally trained facilitators and customized for specific grade levels, topics, outcomes, and teaching situations. Learn more at www.plt.org/trainings/attend-a-training.