Discover Your Urban Forest
Discover Your Urban Forest
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. PLT’s themed series organizes activities around a particular grade and theme or topic.
PLT’s Discover Your Urban Forest features content from Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide. This new PLT activity guide will be published in Spring 2021. Get a jump start with your students and download this advanced-release content today!
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Discover Your Urban Forest: Grades 6-8 Activities
Discover Your Urban Forest is a downloadable resource for educators of students in grades 6-8 that invites learners to explore their urban environment and investigate environmental issues that affect their urban community.
Three hands-on activities, with an emphasis on science and social studies, engage students in learning about the place they live and how we depend on natural systems to sustain us. Students learn to value diverse perspectives about different landscapes whether it is a city sidewalk, an urban forest, or a community park.
Designed to be flexible, Discover Your Urban Forest activities can be used as individual, stand-alone lessons, or all together as a cohesive unit of instruction using a storyline technique.
1. Decisions, Decisions
Decisions about community land use are complex and often involve many people in many ways.
Students use trees as a backdrop to develop a land-use plan.
2. Environmental Justice for All
Everyone has an equal right to a healthy environment—but does everyone have a healthy environment?
Students propose actions to resolve various scenarios and then research issues related to environmental justice in their own state.
3. Forest in the City
The trees in our communities provide many benefits: they improve air quality, store carbon, and conserve energy. Trees also enhance human health by reducing blood pressure, decreasing stress, and elevating attentiveness.
Students conduct a survey to investigate the social and psychological effects of the urban forest.
- Multidisciplinary activities integrate core discipline areas, including STEM subjects, reading, writing, and social studies.
- Hands-on activities connect children to nature in the city and the outdoors.
- How to think, not what to think. Activities are designed to develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
- Background information, suggestions for enrichment, and student assessment tools for teachers.
- Copyright-free Student Pages, or worksheets, can be easily loaded to Google Classroom.
- Activities are practical, adaptable, and flexible. They are easy to do, require minimal preparation; no special supplies are needed.
- Explicit connections to academic standards for science, English language arts, and social studies.
- New supporting features include “Differentiated Instruction” techniques, “Take It Outside!”, “Did You Know?” forest facts, plus a “Career Corner” within each Student Page introduces youth to forest-related careers.