Treemendous Science! is designed to help 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.
The K-2 developmental period represents a time of significant adjustment, knowledge gain, and personal growth, with different children developing at different paces.
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.
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. Treemendous Science! e-unit
Project Learning Tree's e-units support learning as a developmental progression. For this reason, this e-unit is designed to be flexible and scaffold learning across K–2 grade levels and student competencies. 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:
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 Treemendous Science! e-unit:
“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, North Carolina
“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
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.