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The following materials and handouts have been created by NC PLT facilitators and coordinators. Please feel free to use this page as a supplement for your classroom activities, at your environmental education center, or in your workshops. Though these materials are not copyrighted, please do not use them in any publications.

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Activity Supplements Available from National PLT

The national PLT web site houses pdfs all the student pages from the PreK-8 Guide and Secondary modules. Friends and Family Pages and other materials for the Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood can also be found on the national PLT web site. In addition, you can find direct links to additional resources and Earth and Sky radio Broadcasts to supplement PLT activities.

PLT Tree Trunks

PLT Tree Trunks are located at Educational State Forests across the state and are filled with resources and materials to assist you with implementing PLT activities in the forest, or check it out for use at your facility!

Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

Activity #1, The Shape of Things
These shape cards have been made to help with the math/manipulative part of the activity if you set up a station of making twig shapes.

Activity #8, Adopt A Tree
This workbook can be used in pieces or all together to help young children explore interesting trees around them.

Activity #11, Three Cheers for Trees
Pre-made “tree product leaves” for the featured experience of decorating trees. Even includes some blank leaves so students can cut pictures from magazines and create their own leaves! Also provided is the Goods From the Woods activity from the NC Forestry Association. This activity introduces wood chemicals used in many everyday products.

Nature Journals
Our friend Rob with Arkansas PLT put together these great ideas for easy nature journals.
Simple Nature Journals
Paper Bag Nature Journals 
Index Card Nature Journals

PreK-8 Activity Guide

Activity #11, Can it be Real?
North Carolina has some pretty fascinating plants and animals! These are descriptions of some of our native plants and animals.

Activity #13, We All Need Trees
These “Tree Treasure Cards” can be used as part of this activity by hole-punching the top of the cards and threading with yarn to make necklaces. Students can play a game of 20 Questions while they try to determine what product is on their back. Cards can also be displayed in the classroom. English and Spanish version.
English Version     Spanish Version     Four per Page

Activity #21, Adopt a Tree
This booklet can be used as a template for an Adopt a Tree project throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to draw, do rubbings, or include photographs throughout the booklet.
Adopt a Tree booklet

Activity #37, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Don’t Get Wasted)
This activity was adapted from a lesson at Blue Jay Point, a Wake County Park, and includes composting. So instead of collecting “clean” garbage, you can use these activity cards.

For information about school recycling in North Carolina, please visit the NCDENR Environmental Assistance and Customer Service School Recycling web site. Along those same lines is a Composting Presentation originally created by Bianca Howard, City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Educator, and Jodi Riedel, Horticulture Teacher at Wakefield High School.

Activity #44, Water Wonders
This is a listing of the ‘journey’ possibilities the student page for the activity. You can cut these slips apart and to use in the activity if you have students move from station to station. Live in Raleigh? Try out this Raleigh-based version of the activity!

Activity #45, Web of Life
Basic cards for a North Carolina based food chain. Copy cards front to back, hole-punch, and thread with yarn to make necklaces. Pictures cut from magazines or printed from the internet can be added by students!

Activity #52, A Look at Aluminum
The student page has been simplified and students must try to put the steps in the correct order.

Activity #80, Nothing Succeeds Like Succession
The student page story has Sara and John living in a forest typical of the northwestern United States. The story has been modified to a more typical succession story for North Carolina.

Activity #84, The Global Climate
Mauna Loa data in an Excel sheet format for easy distribution to student groups or to explore graphs and data visualizations in Excel.

Secondary Modules and Other High School Information

Forests of the World Secondary Module
The World Forest Tour cards have been modified to remove the pictures. Students have to think which category their statement falls into (and it could be more than one).

Places We Live Secondary Module
Activity #3, Mapping Your Community Through Time, is enhanced with the use of local aerial photos that are the same scale and show changes of an area over a range of years. These can sometimes be hard to come by. Deborah Robertson, Park Manager at Blue Jay Point County Park in Wake County and NC PLT Facilitator, is sharing these photos that she uses in her workshops. BJP=Blue Jay Point County Park and LCCP=Lake Crabtree County Park. These photos, though maybe not local to you, work very well for this activity.

BJP 1958 LCCP 1958
BJP 1974 LCCP 1974
BJP 1988 LCCP 1988
BJP 2005 LCCP 2005

Map of North Carolina Forest types, April 2009. This is a scale-able pdf, so it will print out larger than 8.5 x 11 if you aren’t careful with your print settings.

Kenan Fellow, Jodi Riedel, has created lesson plans to help your students explore the science of silviculture. Follow this link to the lesson plans on the Kenan Fellow web site.

Other Information

Linking PLT Activities and the Master Gardener Program
This handout represents some of the PLT activities that relate directly with Master Gardeners and the Junior Master Gardener Program.

PLT Correlations to Outdoor Resources
Already have a nature trail or butterfly garden on your school grounds? Use this publication to see which PLT Activities can be used with schoolyard resources!

Classroom Activities from the North Carolina Forestry Association
Activities include How Big is Your Tree, Papermaking, A Day Without Forest Products, Ecology, Silviculture, and more.

Ultimate Tree Ring Web Page is from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information with links to more resources.

Virginia Tech Virtual Forest
4-H Virtual Forest provides youth with an interactive Web-based learning experience that introduces the concepts of forest management to young people age 9 -13. Learning modules complement 4-H experiential techniques and are consistent with the Standards of Learning for Virginia public schools.

Leaf Snap
A free mobile app that uses visual recognition software to help identify trees by their leaves

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Renee Strnad, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRenee StrnadEnvironmental Educator Call Renee Email Renee Forestry & Environmental Resources
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