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The activity will utilize the curriculum from the Project Learning Tree® (PLT) program which is an environmental education program developed by the American Forest Service. The mission statement of the program is to: "...use the forest as a "window on the world" to increase students' understanding of our complex environment, to stimulate critical and creative thinking, to develop the ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues and to instill the confidence and commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment." All students must learn the philosophy and goals of PLT program and become familiar with the type of activities that the program promotes. Once the students become familiar with PLT, they must choose an activity from the resource book that addresses a topic that has been covered in class. They must discuss their choices with the classroom teacher and get his/her feedback about the activity they have suggested. After the classroom teacher and the student agree to a plan, the student must demonstrate mastery of the content and demonstrate the activity to their classmates. The student will then present this material to the elementary class. The student will be required to write a reflection that is guided by a rubric about the experience and about how it relates to the content that has been presented in class.
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