World Rainforest Day - 22nd June

This day founded by the Rainforest Partnership highlights the work of this global movement to protect and restore rainforests.

The activities highlighted here cover those suitable for primary which include:

  • looking at the both tropical and temperate rainforest habitats
  • studying and classifying the biodiversity
  • looking at how human behavior is affecting the rainforest and the creatures that live within it.

In addition there are a series of resources from Science and Plants in Schools looking at plant growth and life cycles. The 'Make a game project' from Barefoot Computing asks pupils to design a rainforest themed game using Scratch.

For secondary pupils there are additional resources looking at useful products from the rainforest and the consequences of changes in a rainforest habitat.

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Adventures in the Amazon

In this Catalyst article, Laura Plant describes the time she spent in the Amazon rainforest in northern Peru on a project researching the impacts of forestry on the plants and animals that live there.

In tropical regions, large areas of rainforests have been untouched for centuries. This means that many rare...

Palm Oil Plantations, Charcoal, and a Flea Circus

A podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Does your shopping basket contain chocolate, biscuits and shampoo? If it does, you may be unwittingly contributing to the destruction of the some of the world's pristine rainforests.

Manufacturers now use...

Bronze award: How do nutrients affect plant growth?

Despite the high rate of growth in rainforests the soil is poor in nutrients. The nutrients have been washed out of the soils by heavy rainfall. In this project, students are going to investigate how the nutrients in compost affect the rate of growth of seedlings.

Leeches, Earthquakes and Weird Sea-life

A podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). In this recording, Richard Hollingham talks to expert seismologist Brian Baptie from the British Geological Survey, who uses musical software to find out if earthquakes are getting more frequent.

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