Available Activity Guides from PLT
Infuse your education programs and classroom instruction with these interdisciplinary, experiential activities from PLT. Our education materials are designed to meet the common components of national education reform by using the constructivist approach to learning, whole language teaching, cooperative learning, problem solving, and authentic assessments.
Most of PLT's curriculum resources are available through professional development workshops. The items that can be purchased are marked in the list below.
Early Childhood Materials
PLT’s early childhood materials provide an introduction to environmental education, encouraging children to explore, discover and communicate in expressive ways.
PreK-8th Grade Materials
Ninety-six multi-disciplinary activities can be found inside the PreK-8 Guide – each one tailored to specific grade levels and learning objectives. Each activity is filled with opportunities to build critical thinking skills, incorporate technology, and use differentiated instruction.
Developed for both formal and non-formal educators, Energy & Society helps students develop critical thinking skills to make decisions about their personal energy use. In addition to hands-on activities, Energy & Society integrates music and dance to enhance the study of energy issues.
PLT and well-known children's performing artist and songwriter Bill Brennan have teamed together again to produce a new CD -- all about trees! Billy B Sings About Trees helps teach children about the value of our woodlands through fun and entertaining music.
Service Learning Materials and Resources
PLT's GreenSchools! Investigations
Engage students in STEM as they investigate their school site, energy use, water, waste and recycling practices. Best used with grades 5 and higher, the investigations provide students tools and resources to make their schools green and healthy. Register online to access each investigation individually, or purchase a print copy of the complete set.
Do you have an idea for an environmental improvement project? Need funds to implement it? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from PLT.
Since 1992, PLT has funded over 1,000 projects in communities across the country. Themes include (but are not limited to) habitat restoration, watershed improvement, outdoor classroom creation, and energy conservation.
*The annual deadline is September 30th.
In this sixty-page 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.
This module is designed to foster student understanding of and appreciation for the forested lands throughout North America. The module’s activities provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management, and other subject areas.
The activities in this module provide students with opportunities to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service learning action projects.
This module provides educators with a useful tool for place-based education to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities. Students will explore current and future community environmental issues, enabling them to make informed decisions about those issues.
Through eight hands-on activities, students analyze, explore, discover, and learn about risk assessment, risk communication, risk perception, and risk management. There are also three special topics that encourage students to apply their knowledge real-life risk issues. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making are emphasized throughout the module.
Our Biotechnology Series is designed for high school and community college educators in the fields of biology, environmental science, social studies, and agriculture.
This module uses hands-on experiences to show interrelationships among waste generation, natural resource use, and disposal. The activities guide students through waste management strategies and solutions while providing the necessary tools to make informed decisions and choices on waste management issues.