Why Save the Rain Forests?
After reading a summary about the rain forest and why we should save it, students research and organize information on the rain forest. Then they write an essay using charts and graphs to explain why we should save the rain forest.
Research and describe the plants and animals of a rain forest.
To better understand the complexities of the rain forest and the issues surrounding its use and destruction, set up a debate. Have small groups research and debate saving the rain forest from different points of view, such as those of lumber mill owners, miners, farmers, ranchers, and a conservationist group fighting to preserve the forests. Students can conduct research in libraries, and online at the Rain Forest Action Network Web site at http://www.ran.org. Have each group conclude the debate by creating presentations that reflect their point of view.
Students can share their rain forest research with their families. Together they can visit the Science in the Rainforest Web site at http://www.pbs.org/tal/costa_rica/index.html and take a walking tour of the forest. They can explore the Rainforest Facts section and Related Links, and the Rainforest Graphics Library at http://www.pbs.org/tal/costa_rica/graphindex.html. Finally, families can print out the Web site's photos to make a photo guide.
Take your class on an Internet Field Trip to learn more about systems of living things like the rain forest. Start your trip by visiting Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks to investigate populations and ecosystems.
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