The Vanishing Rainforest - Human Impact on the environment:7-9
The Vanishing Rainforest by Richard Platt is a good book for looking at the human impact on the environment, in particular deforestation. The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering over five and a half a million square kilometres. 10% of the world’s known species live in the Amazon rainforest. It is home to around 2 and a half million different insect species as well as over 40000 plant species. Yet the Amazon rainforests are under constant threat from developers. In the story a child called Remaema, describes how the way of life of her people, the Yanomami tribe, are affected as plants and animals vanish before them. Working together with scientists, they seek a solution that will protect the forest and allow the tribe to continue living as they always have done, while benefiting from limited development.
It provides a starting to learn about the following:
Key scientific vocab / ideas: classification, keys, environment, fish, amphibians
Other fiction books with a similar theme:
Dear Greenpeace – Simon James Dinosaurs & All That Rubbish – Michael Foreman
Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson The Great Kapok Tree – Lynne Cherry
Window - Jeannie Baker Where the Forest Meets the Sea – Jeannie Baker
The Whale’s Song – Dan Sheldon The Morning I met a whale – Michael Morpurgo
One World – Michael Foreman Flotsam and Jetsam - Tanya Landman
Tidy – Emily Gravett Amazing Animal Journeys - Chris Packham
Links and Resources
This resource includes a ppt on the Temperate rainforests of Pacific NW America. Home to a diverse range of species such as Brown Bear, Prickly Shark, Ground Squirels this region is under threat from logging and global warming.
The idea behind this unit is that teachers first get children to study a local habitat in the UK and then use that information for comparision with the materials within this pack. Comparing the landscapes, ecology, biodiversity - range and number of species.
An interactive online game where children match animals to a range of habitats.The resource develops students' understanding of adaptations for survival in a range of different habitats - Antarctic, Desert, Savannah grassland, Temperate farmland, Temperate forest, Temperate pond, Sea, Tropical rainforest.
A great resource by The Crunch - Wellcome Trust aimed at ages 8-9, about rainforests, their location, structure and some of the animals and plants that live in them. Focusing on the Sumatran rainforests in how deforestation has occurred in order to grow oil palm plantations and how this has affected Sumatran orangutans. Children identify foods that contain palm oil. They also consider the effect of so much palm oil in the foods readily available to us.
Part of the Crunch resources - Beloved Burger is a play looking at how an increase in the demand for meat can affect tropical rainforests far away. It explores some of the consequences for; animals and plants living in these areas, farmers and our planet
The materials are accompanied by films to show teachers how to bring this play to life. Guidance on the key characters and their position on the stage, motivation, how to get your whole class involved throughout the piece for maximum impact.
A practical resource developed by SAPS to help children develop their classification skills. Activities support children as they sort and group items and apply these skills to make and use keys. teachers may then ask children to go outside and gather leaves to use to make their own keys. Teachers may need to support some children with the idea of developing yes / no questions. Children could then sort and classify other things such as pictures or plastic animals - creating their own keys.