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Title: Florida Project Learning Tree Materials


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Florida Project Learning TreeMaterials
Programs Innovative Resources
  • Nancy Peterson, Florida PLT Coordinator
  • School of Forest Resources and Conservation, UF

2
Overview
  • What is PLT?
  • Materials
  • Programs
  • Innovative resources

3
What is PLT?
  • A comprehensive environmental education (EE)
    program
  • Partnerships
  • International Network
  • Delivery System
  • PreK-12 Curriculum

"Teaches Students How to Think, Not
What to Think
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Who Uses PLT?
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Youth Group Leaders
  • Day Care Facilities
  • Nature Center Staff
  • Parents
  • Community Groups
  • Government Agencies
  • Resource Professionals
  • Museums, Zoos

5
Were everywhere! (almost)
  • All 50 States plus the District of Columbia
  • US Trust Territories
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Sweden

6
PLT's mission
  • PLT uses the forest as a "window on the world" to
    increase students' understanding of our complex
    environment stimulate critical and creative
    thinking develop the ability to make informed
    decisions on environmental issues and instill
    the confidence and commitment to take responsible
    action on them.

7
PLTs goals
  • Provide students with the awareness,
    appreciation, understanding, skills, and
    commitment to address environmental issues
  • Enable students to apply scientific processes and
    higher order thinking skills to resolve
    environmental problems
  • Help students acquire an appreciation and
    tolerance of diverse viewpoints on environmental
    issues, and develop attitudes and actions based
    on the analysis and evaluation of available
    information

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PLTs goals
  • Encourage creativity, originality, and
    flexibility to resolve environmental
  • problems and issues
  • Inspire and empower students to become
    responsible, productive, and participatory
    members of society

9
PLT network
  • Educators
  • PLT Schools and EE Centers
  • Facilitators
  • State Steering Committee
  • State Coordinator
  • State Sponsors
  • National Education Operating Committee
  • National PLT Office

10
Florida PLT sponsors
Florida Division of Forestry
School of Forest Resources and Conservation,
University of Florida
UF/IFAS 4-H Youth Program
Florida Forestry Association
11
PLTs curricula
  • Easily incorporated into existing curricula
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Hands-on, minds-on
  • Correlated to Sunshine State Standards
  • In line with education reform

12
PLT conceptual framework
  • Provides continuity between various content areas
  • Promotes conceptual understanding
  • Based on five themes
  • Diversity
  • Interrelationships
  • Systems
  • Structure Scale
  • Patterns of Change

13
PLT curricula
  • PreK-8 EE Activity Guide
  • Energy and Society Kit
  • Wildland Fire
  • Florida Urban Forests Supplement
  • Secondary Environmental Education Program
  • Online Training Program

14
PreK-8 activity guide highlights Activity icons
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Technology connections
  • Safety
  • Urban and Community Forest

15
PreK-8 activity guide highlights Reading
connections
  • 3-7 books with each activity
  • Literature piece- Introduction
  • Read alouds
  • Stories added to activities
  • Improved discussion questions

16
PreK-8 activity guide highlights Authentic
assessment techniques
  • Reviewed, updated, or expanded
  • One for each activity in order to design an
    evaluation to match the instructional goals of
    the activity
  • Located at the beginning of the activity

17
PreK-8 activity guide highlights Differentiated
instruction enhancements
  • Provide additional challenges for gifted or quick
    learners
  • Ensure that the lesson is comprehensible and
    accessible to those still acquiring English
    Language skills and to students with disabilities
  • Incorporated methods include highlighting key
    vocabulary, creating links to prior knowledge,
    and providing nonlinguistic representations

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PreK-8 activity guide highlights Technology
connections
  • Throughout the PreK-8 EE Activity Guide
  • Word processing software
  • Spreadsheet/database software
  • Presentation and graphics software
  • Graphic organizer software
  • Digital/video cameras
  • Internet resources
  • Earth Sky radio show correlations

19
Florida urban forests supplement
  • Understand urban forests through science-based
    investigations
  • Designed for youth in grades 3-8
  • Based on three themes
  • Urban forest ecology
  • Benefits of an urban forest
  • Strategies for improving urban forest health

20
Secondary modules
  • Available/Under revision
  • The Changing Forest Forest Ecology
  • Exploring Environmental Issues Focus on Risk
  • EEI Focus on Forests
  • EEI Municipal Solid Waste
  • EEI Places We Live
  • Biodiversity (available to download online)
  • Coming soon
  • Forests of the World
  • Biotechnology

21
Online training
  • Intended to replace an in-person workshop
  • Introduce and orient educators to the selected
    activity guide
  • Self-paced program
  • Available as of March 2008
  • Places We Live, 9.50 registration fee

22
Programs
  • Earth sky
  • Urban and community forestry
  • GreenWorks!
  • Florida PLT school
  • Florida EE center

23
Earth sky for teachers
  • Integrated multimedia educational experience
  • Access to accurate, reliable, and understandable
    scientific research and data
  • Correlated to EarthCare series
  • Includes a list of additional resources

24
Urban and community forestry education
  • Enhances the teaching of PLT activities related
    to urban and community forestry
  • Searchable database
  • Includes an annotated bibliography and links to
    websites of urban and community forestry
    organizations

Funding provided by National Urban and Community
Forestry Advisory Council
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GreenWorks!
  • Community action and service learning program
  • Encourages students to participate in
    community-based partnerships by developing and
    implementing action projects
  • 500-2000 awards twice a year

26
FL PLT schools
  • At least 50 of the teaching faculty from an
    elementary school or 50 of the teaching faculty
    at grade or subject level in a middle or high
    school have participated in a PLT educator
    workshop
  • Organize a PLT Week or
  • Incorporate at least 5 PLT activities into lesson
    plans
  • A PLT Coordinator from the faculty

27
FL PLT schools
  • Approved PLT Schools receive
  • A colorful PLT School flag
  • An engraved plaque
  • A Tree Trunk of teaching aids
  • An opportunity to participate professional
    development opportunities

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FL PLT ee center
  • The center agrees to
  • Hold at least one PLT educator workshop a year
  • Have a staff member or volunteer become a PLT
    Facilitator
  • Nature centers, ee centers, school district
    sponsored centers, etc.

29
Innovative resources
  • Searchable resource list
  • Childrens literature list
  • Florida resources

30
Searchable resources list
  • Many student pages in a downloadable pdf
    format 
  • Technology connections
  • Assessment opportunities
  • Earth Sky radio show correlations
  • Urban Community Forestry web site connections
  • Additional resources

31
Childrens literature list
  • Sorted by author or PLT activity
  • Title
  • Publisher
  • ISBN number
  • Year published
  • Synopsis
  • Appropriate grade level

32
Florida Resources
  • Resources web pages
  • Florida Correlations
  • Professional Development Series

Florida PLT Web site http//sfrc.ufl.edu/plt
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Resources web pages
  • Activity enhancements
  • Activity materials
  • Annual FL PLT awards
  • Florida PLT listserv
  • Memorial and recognition giving program
  • PLTree Line newsletter
  • Resource links

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Florida Correlations
  • Prek-8 Activity Guide
  • Energy Society Kit
  • Places We Live
  • FCAT-like Prompts

35
Professional development series
  • Compliment educational materials from Florida
    PLT with Florida specific content
  • Online
  • Self-paced
  • No time limit
  • Computer components usable by teachers and
    students

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