Project Learning Tree Secondary Module
PINEMAP is partnering with Project Learning Tree (PLT), an award-winning environmental education program, to develop a secondary module on climate change impacts on southern forest ecosystems, forest impacts on climate, and ways people can affect these relationships. The module is being developed for use in life science, environmental science, and agriculture courses in grades 9-12, with potential use in middle school or community college courses.
The module will include approximately 12 engaging activities, with each activity including concepts or research related to PINEMAP. By completing the activities in this module, students will be able to meet the following objectives:
- Gain an appreciation for the role of forests in models of climate change.
- Increase understanding of climate and change, carbon cycle, and carbon sequestration.
- Increase understanding of how forest management can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and improve resilience of southern pine forests.
- Explore the role of consumer choices in climate change mitigation through life cycle analysis and product comparisons.
Following the PLT Secondary Module format, the module will contain teacher background information and each activity will include teacher pages, student readings, handouts, or worksheets; media and technology connections; supplemental extensions; assessment ideas; and additional resources. Activities will be supplemented with slide presentations, videos, web links, and an online teacher workshop.
The module is currently in development, and an Education Advisory Committee is providing critical feedback and guidance to ensure creation of high-quality materials that are both relevant and useful. We expect to begin widespread pilot testing of the module in fall 2013.
Click here to sign-up for updates on the module, to review draft activities, or to participate in the regional pilot test.