The classroom resources you see here are designed to help you use this Web site, other material on the Internet, and the "Journey Into Amazonia" videos for a study of the Amazon rainforest. These materials are designed for upper elementary, middle, or high school students (grades 5-10) although extension suggestions may help you modify them for younger or older students.
Each lesson plan provides objectives, standards correlations, background information, Web links, procedures, extension suggestions, and assessment recommendations. Each incorporates video clips from the "Journey Into Amazonia" documentary, though the lessons also function as stand-alone activities. The "Be An Amazon Activist" sheet offers suggestions for students, families, or classes who want to get more involved in Amazon rainforest conservation.
Please take some time to explore the classroom resources and the rest of the content on the "Journey Into Amazonia" Web site. You may also be interested in a previous PBS site called "Science in the Rainforest" which launched during the 1995-1996 school year and introduces students to the rainforests of Costa Rica.
The lesson plans below can be conducted individually, or done in sequence to create an interdisciplinary unit for science and social studies classes. A suggested sequence is listed here.
Levels of Life: Interrelationships in the Rainforest
Broom Forest: A Tall Trees Simulation
Soil in the Amazon
The Rainforest, Raw Materials, and You
Chico Mendes of Brazil
World Trade Protests: Why All the Fuss ?
Be An Amazon Activist
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