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This spring, more than 1,750 fourth-graders in Spotsylvania County Public Schools will make a difference for the environment with Project Plant It!, a program developed by Dominion to educate children and plant-it1plant trees. Earlier this year, teachers received a comprehensive kit packed with creative lesson plans, posters, stickers and certificates. Each student will receive a tree seedling to plant at home in celebration of Arbor Day, April 29. The kit and tree seedlings are provided by Dominion at no cost to the schools.

Website Makes Learning Fun

The website, www.ProjectPlantIt.com, features videos about trees, an interactive vocabulary game, a Forest Adventure Word Scramble and a fun tree trivia quiz. Also, a new online Activity Guide is filled with many family-friendly projects, such as "Be a Scientist" and "Be an Artist," to help children get out of the house or classroom and into the dirt! All of the teaching materials align with the state SOLs for Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies.

More Than 100,000 Tree Seedlings Distributed Since 2007

Throughout Virginia, more than 30,000 students are enrolled in the program for 2011. Since 2007, Dominion has distributed more than 100,000 trees to students in seven states through Project Plant It! That's equivalent to 250 acres of new forestland according to the Virginia Department of Forestry. For more information and to download activities and lesson plans, visit www.ProjectPlantIt.com.

Info provided by:
Irene Thomaidis Cimino, Manager-Corporate Public Relations for Dominion, led the team that created Project Plant It! in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and the mother of 3-year-old boy-girl twins.


plant-it2Project Plant It! Lesson Plans

All of these SOL-based lesson plans can be downloaded from the Project Plant It! website:

• Know Your Tree Terminology (Language Arts)
• Tree Crossword Puzzle and Tree Word Search (Language Arts)
• Identify the Parts of a Tree (Science)
• Identify the Parts of a Leaf (Science)
• Tree-Tac-Toe (Science)
• Trees in Our World (Social Studies)
• Math and Fractions in the Forest (Math)
• Tree Product Scavenger Hunt (Science)
• Tree Book Report (Language Arts)
• Tree Treat Day (Science)
• Planting and Caring for a Tree (Science)


Tree Reading List

Below are some of the tree-mendous books for elementary students that are included in the Tree Reading List on the Project Plant It! website:

• A Tree is Growing by Arthur Dorron
• Be a Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber
• Discovering Trees by Douglas Florian
• The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
• The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
• Mighty Tree by Dick Gackenbach


Resources

Here are some helpful websites about trees, energy and the environment:

• Project Plant It!: www.ProjectPlantIt.com
• National Arbor Day Foundation: www.arborday.org
• American Forests: www.americanforests.org
• Virginia Department of Forestry: www.dof.virginia.gov
• TreeLink: www.treelink.org
• Dominion Resources: www.dom.com

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