Lessons from preK-8 PLT Guide
Download these sample PLT activities from the PreK-8 Guide to get started right away!
Activity 20: Environmental Exchange Box (pdf)
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 the International Year of Forests. To celebrate, students prepare an environmental exchange box to learn more about their local forests, forests across the country, and forests around the globe.
Activity 51: Make Your Own Paper (pdf)
Through this activity, students investigate the papermaking process by trying it themselves. Students are thrilled to find that they can make paper and that their product is practical, as well as beautiful.
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Rainforest Alliance Climate and Carbon Lessons developed with PLT
Activity 1: Climate Basics [PDF]
Overview: The Earth’s climate is changing due to an increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. In this activity, students will explore the relationship between CO2 and climate by graphing changes in atmospheric CO2 over a 50-year period. They will also interview family members or neighbors to find out whether they have observed any climate changes in the area.
Activity 2: The Carbon Cycle [PDF]
Overview: Earth has a fixed number of carbon atoms, which circulate among air, plants, animals, soil, and minerals by way of the carbon cycle. This activity uses a game to introduce students to the carbon cycle, and will help them see how carbon in the atmosphere is connected to living things.
Activity 3: Trees and Carbon [PDF]
Overview: Forests store more carbon than any other land-based ecosystem. Tropical rainforests--like Guatemala’s Petén region -- have the potential to store even more. In this activity, students will measure a tree to estimate the amount of carbon stored in it.
Activity 4: Forests of Guatemala [PDF]
Overview: Students learn about the distribution of forest and humans around the world, and then analyze maps of the Maya Biosphere Reserve to determine recent changes in forest cover and to consider the causes of these changes.
Activity 5: Investments in Forest Carbon [PDF]
Overview: Students consider what makes the forest valuable to people, and then read a case study about a community in the Petén gearing up to sell carbon credits based on carbon sequestered in the community’s forests.