Project Learning Tree: Energy in Ecosystems Workshop for Teachers: grades 3-5
Teach the standards and have fun? Absolutely!
Designed for 3rd-5th grade teachers, the new Energy in Ecosystems e-unit by Project Learning Tree investigates ways in which organisms depend on each other to survive and thrive. Students focus on forests (one of the largest and most complex types of ecosystems) and come to understand some of the interactions present in all ecosystems. In doing so, they learn to appreciate the natural systems on which we depend and begin to widen their circle of compassion to include all of nature. All lessons in this unit are correlated to NGSS.
Since 1976, Project Learning Tree (PLT) has been a leader in Environmental Education. At the workshop, we will demonstrate fun ways to easily teach environmental concepts that correlate to NGSS standards. The workshop will be facilitated by CFPA Environmental Education Staff as well as staff from CT DEEP.
Please bring a lunch and clothes/footwear for going outside. Weather permitting, some of the activities will take place outdoors at CFPA's Highlawn Forest
To register, please fill out the following form: https://www.ctwoodlands.org/environmental-education/energy-and-ecosystems-plt-workshop-registration-form
Project Learning Tree, a program of the American Forest Foundation, uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it. From its beginnings in 1976, PLT has exemplified high-quality environmental education. In CT, PLT is sponsored by Connecticut Forest & Park Association and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Connecticut Forest & Park Association protects forests, parks, walking trails, and open spaces for future generations by connecting people to the land. CFPA directly involves individuals and families, educators, community leaders, and volunteers to enhance and defend Connecticut's rich natural heritage. CFPA is a nonprofit organization that relies on members and supporters to carry out its mission.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs – and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.