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Geography - 7th

Exploring the Wonders of the Amazon Rainforest

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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.

Methodology:

This activity will involve a combination of research, group work, and creative presentation.

Resources/Materials:

  • 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)

Instructions:

  1. Divide the class into small groups of 3-4 students.
  2. Assign each group a specific layer of the Amazon Rainforest (e.g., forest floor, understory, canopy, emergent layer).
  3. Ask students to research and gather information about the unique characteristics of their assigned layer, including the types of plants and animals found there.
  4. Encourage students to use a variety of resources, such as books, articles, and websites, to gather information.
  5. Once the research is complete, have each group create a visual representation of their assigned layer using art supplies.
  6. Students can draw or cut out pictures of plants and animals, and label them with their names and unique features.
  7. Next, ask each group to prepare a short presentation about their assigned layer, highlighting the key information they have gathered.
  8. Students can use poster boards or presentation software to create visually appealing slides.
  9. Provide time for each group to present their findings to the class.
  10. After all the presentations, facilitate a class discussion about the importance of the Amazon Rainforest and the threats it faces.
  11. Encourage students to brainstorm ideas for conservation efforts and discuss the role of individuals and communities in protecting the rainforest.

Assessment:

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

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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

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