As part of Dominion Energy’s vision for building a clean and sustainable energy future, the company’s Project Plant It! program has been teaching students about the benefits of trees to the ecosystem since 2007.
Since the COVID-19 crisis has closed schools across the country this spring, educators are looking for creative ways to keep students engaged in learning while they are sequestered at home. To help out, Project Plant It! offers many free educational resources for online learning at projectplantit.com.
Under the Educator Resources tab, teachers can find an Educator’s Guide that includes twelve lesson plans in STEM subjects, a Tree Reading List and several activities that families can enjoy together. Also, there are three interactive games about trees on the website that students of all grade levels from K-12 can play while they learn.
Enter a Lesson Plan Contest to Win Resource Funding
Additionally, Dominion Energy invites educators to enter Project Plant It!’s STEM Lesson Plan Contest for a chance to win a Walmart gift card that can be used to purchase teaching supplies for the classroom. The deadline to submit an entry has been extended to Friday, April 17.
“Many of the lesson plans in our Educator’s Guide focus on science and math, and we look forward to adding a new STEM lesson to our curriculum,” said Melanie Rapp Beale, community affairs manager and Project Plant It! coordinator for Dominion Energy. “Now in its fourteenth year, Project Plant It! is one of the many ways that Dominion Energy supports education and environmental stewardship in our communities. We are especially pleased that our program provides an opportunity for students to sharpen their STEM skills at home through enriching online learning tools provided by Project Plant It!”
Details and requirements for the STEM Lesson Plan Contest can be found at projectplantit.com, and here are a few guidelines:
- Only lesson plans that focus on science, technology, engineering or math will be considered.
- Lesson plans must be original and created by the educator entering the contest.
- Lesson plans must support the mission of Project Plant It!: To teach students about the important role of trees in the environment and to engage them in planting trees.
- Each lesson plan must include: STEM Subject, Title, Grade Level [elementary, middle, high school], Objective, Materials Required, Procedure, Desired Results/Outcomes
- For guidance on suggested format for lesson plans, view the current lesson plans in the Educator’s Guide on the Project Plant It! website, projectplantit.com. [Note: Lesson plans that are too similar to the existing lesson plans will not be considered.
Deadline and Entry Process:
- Email lesson plan in Word document format to email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020.
- Include your name, address, phone number, email address, name of school or group that you are affiliated with, grade level, and subject that you teach [if applicable].
- Winners will be notified by phone or email in May 2020.
For more information, visit projectplantit.com.