The World and Its People

Chapter 2: Water, Climate, and Vegetation

Web Activity Lesson Plans

In this chapter, students learned about the earth's climate and vegetation zones. One of these zones is the rain forest, which is being destroyed at a rapid rate. In this activity, students will visit the Rainforest Action Network to learn more about the Amazon rain forest and what they can do to help protect it.

Lesson Description
Students will visit the Rainforest Action Network to learn more about the indigenous people and plant and animal life of the rain forest. They will also explore different actions that they can take to help protect the rain forest. After answering several questions about the content on the site, students will create a poster designed to encourage others to take part in saving the rain forest.

Instructional Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe the importance of the rain forest to the indigenous peoples that inhabit it.
  2. Students will be able to identify how indigenous people are trying to save the rainforest.
  3. Students will be able to apply information from the Web site to create a poster that will encourage others to protect the rain forest.

Student Web Activity Answers

  1. These children do not go to schools like those in the United States. Instead, they learn about the forest from their parents and other people in their community. They are taught how to survive in the forest. They learn how to hunt and fish and identify which plants are useful as medicines or food.
  2. Scientists believe that there is a great diversity of animals because rain forests are the oldest ecosystems on Earth. The last Ice Age did not reach the rain forests, allowing them to continue to evolve. Also, the warm year-round temperatures and abundant water are good for animal and plant life.
  3. They are beginning to fight for their land by demonstrating peacefully.
  4. Answers may include using less paper, gasoline, and plastic; eating less red meat; fundraising for the rain forest; writing letters; and learning more about the importance of the rain forest.
  5. Students' posters will vary.
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