Grades 9 - 12

Each module challenges students to explore the many facets of an issue—illustrating the complexity of real life environmental decisions. Modules are multidisciplinary and standards-based, while incorporating key concepts from social science, humanities, sciences, and math. The modules are intended for grades 9-12 but can be adapted for other audiences such as entry level college course and adult community groups.

Each module contains in-depth background information for the teacher, and student activities. The modules are designed to be infused into existing curriculum and are correlated to the National Science Standards and National Social Studies Standards. PLT's secondary modules include:

Nationwide Curriculum Materials

Exploring Environmental Issues: The Places We Live

places we liveStudents explore current and future community environmental issues, enabling them to make informed decisions about those issues. A useful tool for placed based education that can helps create a bond between young citizens and their communities.

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Global Connections: Forests of the World

forests of the world cover Students apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service learning action projects. The information will help students and educators gain an increased understanding and appreciation of the diversity of world forest environments, with an emphasis on the human interaction with and dependence on those environments.

Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity

exploring environmental issues: biodiversityPermits educators and students to step back from specific issues and species and instead examine broader concepts and larger connections—not just biological, but political, cultural, ethical, and economic as well.  Students will learn that decisions about growth and development, about energy use and water quality, even health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity.

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Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests

exploring environmental issues: focus on forestsForest related examples are used to help students better understand the complexity of environmental issues. Students examine issues objectively, collect and analyze data, and become involved in decision making experiences. They learn how to present arguments clearly and how citizens can play a role in forest management decisions. Attend a workshop to receive this secondary module.


Exploring Environmental Issues: Biotechnology

exploring environmental issues: municipal solid wasteOur Biotechnology Series is designed for high school and community college educators in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Social Studies, and Agriculture. A special effort has been made to construct activities that support instruction in AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Human Geography. This module was created as a supplement to the Focus on Risk curriculum.

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Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste

exploring environmental issues: municipal solid wasteStudents begin understanding waste management issues and options. The module uses hands-on experiences to show the interrelationships among waste generation,natural resource use, and disposal. The activities guide students through waste management strategies and solutions while providing the necessary tools to make informed decisions and choices on waste management issues. Attend a workshop to receive this secondary module.

Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk

exploring environmental issues: focus on riskStudents explore the different aspects of environmental and human health risks that affect their everyday lives. Through eight hands-on activities, students analyze, explore, discover, and learn about risk assessment, risk communication, risk perception, and risk management. It incorporates science, social studies, math, geography, and language arts. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making are stressed throughout the activities. Attend a workshop to receive this secondary module.

Souteastern Forests and Climate ChangeSFCC manual

Desgined for students in grades 9-12, but easily adapted for middle school or college students. Helps students understand about climate change and understand how forests can be managed to address changing climate conditions. Module and support materials are on-line. Learn more here!


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