Tropical Rainforests Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Tropical Rainforests. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.
- A lesson plan designed for intermediate to junior high students. Students
research a rainforest animal and present a report to classmates.
of the Tropical Rainforest
- In this webquest activity, primary students have the task of finding out
more about 5 animals from the rainforest, drawing one of the animals, finding
and taping animal sounds, and learning more on what can be done to protect
- Using picture/graphical resources on the Internet as starting points, intermediate
students investigate the six biomes of the world in this lesson plan. Two
specific objectives are to describe the major factors that shape biomes and
to represent the connections between the factors that determine biome development
and plant and animal life.
- A lesson plan that has students make hot chocolate with different brands
and test the pH levels. Information and links are to resources about the rainforest
the Environment: Tropical Poison
- This module is part of "Exploring the Environment"™ (ETE) from NASA's Classroom
of the Future™. In ETE, high school students are faced with a real life problem
and their goal is to use problem solving skills and internet based data (e.g.,
remotely sensed satellite images) to propose and defend a solution. A Teacher's
Guide is available. This link is to the ETE home page since it gives the easiest
access to necessary introductory and teacher information. To access the tropical
rainforests module, click on "Modules and Activities" and then "Tropical Poison."
Space (LS) Rainforest Species: WWW Research Lesson
- One of the ways to integrate the Internet into your classroom is by using
it as a source of current curricular information. Having students conduct
research on the WWW is an effective and relevant learning activity. Here's
one such learning activity for intermediate students which focusses specifically
on tropical rainforests.
of the Rainforest Activity
- A lesson mixing art design and science research to develop paper rainforest
creatures. After producing their animal, students are to develop a model rainforest
by posting them on a bulletin board or wall at the appropriate rainforest
Action Network: Kid's Corner
- Designed for younger students, this site has information on the following
topics: What students can do to help protect rainforests; Enter a rainforest
art contest; Understanding native peoples of the rainforest; and Understanding
- Here's a three week webquest in which students work in groups to research
life within the Amazon rainforest from the perspective of a specific role
(e.g., anthropologist, ethnobotnist, zoologist, cartographer). The unit contains
suggested web sites, activities (both for the specific roles and for the group
as a whole), and assessments.
Forests and Plant Ecology
- In this teaching unit, intermediate students use literature and related
activities to learn about rain forests and planet ecology. Objectives of the
unit include: to know at least ten animals of the rain forests; have an understanding
of the geographic location of rain forests; be able to identify the various
climates and people of the rain forests; understand why rain forests are endangered;
and learn why rain forests are necessary for planet ecology and ways that
people can help preserve the environment.
- Information Centre
- An Australian published meta-list of world rainforest resources. Many of
the pages have advanced information on topics such as: Deep Ecology, Sustainable
Forestry, World Rainforest Reports on current issues, and "ACTION" to encourage
letter writing to politicians. For students and teachers, we have provided
direct links to their following educational links within their site.
Forests of the World
- A five lesson teaching unit for grades 5-7 by Brenda Ward on Rain Forests.
Student activities lead to the development of a report book.
It Like Where You Live: Rainforest
- A site created for students just starting a research project concerning
tropical rainforests. Discover the different types of rainforests, where they
are, and what they are like.
Resources Institute: Forest Frontiers Initiative
- A meta-list of forest and rainforest resources for the world. Links are
divided into the following seven forest regions: Africa, Asia, Central America,
Europe and Russia, North America, Oceania, and South American. Further, the
World Resources Institute site has additional resources categorized into the
following major sectors that contribute to sustainable forest management information
and activities: Business and Industry, Educational Resources, Forest Communities,
Intergovernmental / International Organizations, and International Non-Governmental
Organizations and Advocacy Groups.
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