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Geography - 7th
Exploring the Wonders of the Amazon Rainforest
- Students will understand the importance of the Amazon Rainforest in terms of biodiversity and its impact on the global climate.
- Students will be able to identify and describe the different layers of the rainforest and the unique species that inhabit each layer.
- Students will gain knowledge about the threats facing the Amazon Rainforest and the importance of conservation efforts.
This activity will involve a combination of research, group work, and creative presentation.
- Books, articles, and websites about the Amazon Rainforest
- Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, construction paper, etc.)
- Computers or tablets with internet access
- Poster boards or presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Google Slides)
- Divide the class into small groups of 3-4 students.
- Assign each group a specific layer of the Amazon Rainforest (e.g., forest floor, understory, canopy, emergent layer).
- Ask students to research and gather information about the unique characteristics of their assigned layer, including the types of plants and animals found there.
- Encourage students to use a variety of resources, such as books, articles, and websites, to gather information.
- Once the research is complete, have each group create a visual representation of their assigned layer using art supplies.
- Students can draw or cut out pictures of plants and animals, and label them with their names and unique features.
- Next, ask each group to prepare a short presentation about their assigned layer, highlighting the key information they have gathered.
- Students can use poster boards or presentation software to create visually appealing slides.
- Provide time for each group to present their findings to the class.
- After all the presentations, facilitate a class discussion about the importance of the Amazon Rainforest and the threats it faces.
- Encourage students to brainstorm ideas for conservation efforts and discuss the role of individuals and communities in protecting the rainforest.
Assess students' understanding of the topic through the following:
- Participation in group work and research
- Quality of the visual representation of their assigned layer
- Clarity and accuracy of the presentation
- Active participation in the class discussion
37 days ago
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4