Nature at Home!

PLT Activity Videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKWvfaAeLf3_Qg4n8F_LvGQ  
TITLE Author YouTube Link   DESCRIPTION Online Resources
#1  The Shape of Things Joanne Alex Maine PLT   https://youtu.be/yNHiZGxcLGA Out in the U. Maine Forest, Maine PLT facilitator, Joanne Alex, reads aloud a story about shapes in the human world then uses a simple, paper “shape necklace” to hunt for shapes in nature. She shows us how to make different shapes out of twigs and then give us a challenge. PLT LESSON on plt.org:  https://www.plt.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/The-shape-of-things_Early-Childhood_Activity-1.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3tYMTz_6QG1br2sQX6mg-M1PU2ZHwWuhhNqJgDqlE8Sbyky3DiQa7LnZ8  
#4 Sounds Around Jessica Ireland Florida PLT To be uploaded soon Description to be uploaded   HANDOUTS and RESOURCES and FAMILY PAGE: https://www.plt.org/activity-resources/prek-8-activity-4-sounds-around/    
#5 Poet-Tree Nicole Ferguson Michigan PLT To be uploaded soon Description to be uploaded RESOURCES and FAMILY ACTIVITY on plt.org: https://www.plt.org/activity-resources/prek-8-activity-5-poet-tree/
#9 Planet Diversity Courtney Prout Michigan PLT To be uploaded soon Description to be uploaded HANDOUTS and RESOURCES on plt.org: https://www.plt.org/activity-resources/prek-8-activity-9-planet-diversity/
#21 Adopt-a-Tree Page Hutchinson Virginia PLT   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dd1Y1M-5Ck One of the most memorable artifacts to emerge from this era will surely be the personal journal that’s created here! Page Hutchinson from Virginia PLT explains how to choose our very own tree to observe and journal about over months or years. She demonstrates a few of the many observations and measurements we can make and even shows us how to make a very cool binder! JOURNAL COVER PAGES and RESOURCES on plt.org: https://www.plt.org/activi…/prek-8-activity-21-adopt-a-tree/ 20+ PAGE JOURNAL TEMPLATE from Minnesota:
https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_safety/education/plt/activity_sheets/adopt-a-tree-journal.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=  
#22 Trees as Habitats Jessica Ireland Florida PLT To be uploaded soon Description to be uploaded RESOURCES and FAMILY PAGE on plt.org: https://www.plt.org/activity-resources/prek-8-activity-22-trees-as-habitats/
#23 The Fallen Log Laurie Haines Maine PLT   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRJQRF4_HUA&t=10s   Watch Maine PLT’s Laurie Haines as she explores rotting stumps in her backyard, then download a data sheet and head outdoors to find out who’s living on rotting stumps and logs in your own backyard! DATA SHEET – OLDER STUDENTS:  on Laurie’s nature blog at https://mainenaturediary.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-fallen-log-plt-activity-23.html DATA SHEET -YOUNGER STUDENTS at Minnesota plt:
https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_safety/education/plt/activity_sheets/fallen_log_student_worksheet.pdf .) FAMILY ACTIVITY at plt.org:   https://www.plt.org/family-activity/the-fallen-log/
#24 Nature’s Recyclers Nicole Ferguson Michigan PLT   To be uploaded soon   Description to be uploaded I couldn’t find links for this activity on PLT.org
#25 Birds and Worms Nicole Ferguson Michigan PLT   To be uploaded soon Description to be uploaded FAMILY PAGE and RESOURCES at plt.org: https://www.plt.org/activity-resources/prek-8-activity-25-birds-and-worms/  
#43 Have Seeds Will Travel Courtney Prout Michigan PLT   To be uploaded soon Description to be uploaded RESOURCES at plt.org: https://www.plt.org/stem-strategies/have-seeds-will-travel/  
#62 To Be a Tree Jessica Ireland Florida PLT To be uploaded soon   Description to be uploaded FAMILY PAGE on plt.org: https://www.plt.org/family-activity/to-be-a-tree/
#64 Looking at Leaves Georgia-Lee Alabama PLT    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdS5RBH_EeE     Georgia-Lee from Alabama PLT leads a nature hike to collect and examine a variety of leaves. She poses many interesting questions to consider about your own leaves and she shows us a couple of craft projects.  Even though our states may have very different leaves from one another,  these leaf observation questions are universal! HANDOUTS, RESOURCES at plt.org: https://www.plt.org/activity-resources/prek-8-activity-64-looking-at-leaves/ FREE BOOK Forest Trees of Maine at: https://www.maine.gov/…/fores…/pdf/Forest_Trees_of_Maine.pdf
#67 How Big is Your Tree? Matt Schnabel South Carolina PLT   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StRgccP6IYc&t=12s Matt Schnabel from South Carolina PLT shows how we can figure out if our tree is a “Champion Big Tree” by measuring it in three simple ways using materials we have at home. Circumference, height, and average crown spread are calculated then combined to get our tree’s “Score”. PLT HANDOUTS, RESOURCES and FAMILY PAGE at plt.org: https://www.plt.org/…/prek-8-activity-67-how-big-is-your-t…/  


#69 Forest for the Trees
Anita Smith
Maine PLT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_5V8VhyEy4


Join Maine PLT’s Anita Smith on a tour of forest management areas in the China (Maine) Schools Forest.  The classroom version of this activity has students acting out the growth of trees in different areas, whether being managed for wood products, wildlife, or recreation, but in this tour, we see the real silvicultural strategies in action on the ground.   In each area, we answer the question “What do you notice here?” then learn why you might want to use each technique in order to meet your goals.  Anita leaves us with a challenge:  to get a packet of flower seeds and try out some of these strategies for growing our own “forest garden” on the ground or in a tub. 
 
PLT HANDOUTS and RESOURCES: 
https://www.plt.org/activity-resources/prek-8-activity-69-forest-for-the-trees/
MICHIGAN PRIMER on FORESTRY for TEACHERS:
https://mff.forest.mtu.edu/ActivityLibrary/Primer1.htm
 
Article about threats, challenges (and positive signs) facing Maine’s forests:  http://www.forestsformainesfuture.org/fresh-from-the-woods-journal/threats-challenges-facing-maines-forests.html?fbclid=IwAR39Wr7kZrRllWvAGtt22Nl4E9V3XrIoZrNofqyU_oyvZpOBUR02jmDdYDI
#76 Tree Cookies Anita Smith Maine PLT   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc1azTDtr6g From the China, Maine school forest, Anita Smith shows us how to be a Tree Detective, using what we learn from her about the rings and markings on stumps and logs to figure out what the lives of trees might have been like. She demonstrates a simple art project we can do to show the patterns of growth in our own lives, and we leave with a challenge to go outside and explore the stumps and logs in our own backyard! Three Helpful Resources: PLT HANDOUTS and RESOURCES at plt.org: https://www.plt.org/blog/activity/activity-76-tree-cookies/ SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION of TREE RINGS:  https://scied.ucar.edu/tree-rings SIMULATION GAME: Change the environment to build tree cookies:   https://scied.ucar.edu/tree-ring-interactive  

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