Process

 

Your class has been appointed by the UN to research the problems that threaten the Amazon rainforest and to find solutions. Read theletterthat has been sent to you by the project coordinator.

You will work in groups of 4 students.Each group will research a different aspect of the issue.

Click here to view a document that will help you search the Internet and to answer your questions better.

 

 STEP 1

COLLECTING THE INFORMATION

 

 

GROUP 1

ENDANGERED FLORA RESEARCHERS

The Amazon rainforest is an ecosystem where thousands of species of plants grow. Some of them are unique to this area.Animals and humans, including us, depend on it for clean air, food, medicine and shelter. 

Find out:

1.Why is the flora of the Amazon important for us?

2.Which plants of this area are used for food, drink or medicine? Can you name 4 products from the rainforest that you have in your home or can buy in a shop near you?

3.What is happening to the trees and plants of the Amazon? Why?

4.Is there sustainable development in the Amazon now? Give three examples that affect the flora.

5.List three EFFECTS that the extinction of vegetal species in the Amazon has on YOU and YOUR WORLD

 

WEBSITES

(Some  sites have been pre-selected for this project. There are many more sites but you could spend hours looking and not find much of value. While you are doing this project in class, you must stay on these webpages. On your own time you can look for other sites)  

Rainforest flora

http://iesicaria.xtec.net/rainforest

Rainforest glossary

http://iesicaria.xtec.net/rainforest/glossary

Deforestation

www.davesite.com/rainforests/review4.shtml

Importance of rainforests

www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/rainforests

Rainforests FAQ

http://rainbird.com/rainforest/faq.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP 2

 

ENDANGERED FAUNA RESEARCHERS

  

The biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest is unique. This warm, dense forest houses insects, birds, amphibians,reptiles and mammals. Many of them are not found anywhere else in the world.

 

Find out:

1.Which animals are unique to the Amazon rainforest?

2.Choose an animal of the Amazon and describe its characteristics, diet, habitat and conservation status.

 3.Which human activities are putting so many animal species of the Amazon in danger of extinction?

4.Do you think there is sustainable development in the Amazon now? Give three examples that affect the fauna.

5.List three effects that the extinction of animal species in the Amazon has on YOU and YOUR WORLD.

  

WEBSITES  

(Some  sites have been pre-selected for this project. There are many more sites but you could spend hours looking and not find much of value. While you are doing this project in class, you must stay on these webpages. On your own time you can look for other sites)  

Rainforest fauna

http://iesicaria.xtec.net/rainforest

Rainforest FAQ

http://rainbird.com/rainforest/faq.htm

Endangered species

http://www.wwf-uk.org/wildlifetrade/trade.asp

Habitat loss

www.davesite.com/rainforests/review4.shtml

Rainforest glossary

http://iesicaria.xtec.net/rainforest/glossary

 

 

  

 

   

 

 

GROUP 3

 

DEFORESTATION AND CLIMATIC

CHANGES  RESEARCHERS

 

The world's climate is changing dangerously. The temperature of the planet is rising and this is related to deforestation. Every year huge areas of rainforest are burned or cut down.This is causing a lot of problems not only to this rich ecosystem and its biodiversity but to all the inhabitants of planet Earth.

  

Find out:

1.Why are tropical rainforests important to our planet?

2.Which human activities are causing the destruction of the Amazon rainforest?

3. What is the relationship between the destruction of the rainforest and climatic changes?

4.Do you think there is sustainable development in the Amazon forests now? Give three examples of development that affect the rainforest

 5.List three effects that the disappearance of the Amazon rainforest has on YOU and YOUR WORLD.

  WEBSITES

  

(Some  sites have been pre-selected for this project. There are many more sites but you could spend hours looking and not find much of value. While you are doing this project in class, you must stay on these webpages. On your own time you can look for other sites)  

 

Deforestation & Habitat loss

http://iesicaria.xtec.net/rainforest

Deforestation

http://www.botany.uwc.ac.za/Envfacts/facts/deforestation.htm

Rainforest facts

www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/rainforest

Rainforest facts

 http://rainbird.com/rainforest/faq.htm

Rainforest glossary

http://iesicaria.xtec.net/rainforest/glossary

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP 4

 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE RESEARCHERS

  

People have lived in the Amazonia for centuries. Indigenous people depend on the rainforest for shelter, food and medicine. The survival of indigenous people and their cultures depends on the survival of their habitat, but this amazing biome is endangered.

 

Find out about the Yanomami and other indigenous people and be ready to answer the following questions:

 

1.How do the Yanomami get their food, shelter and medicine?

 

2.Which human activities are affecting the Yanomami way of life?

 

3.How is the habitat of the Yanomami changing?Who is causing these changes?

 

4.Do you think there is sustainable development in the Amazon now? Give three examples that affect the indigenous people of the area.

 

5.When an indigenous group disappears, what else is lost? How does this affect YOU and YOUR WORLD?

 

WEBSITES

  

(Some  sites have been pre-selected for this project. There are many more sites but you could spend hours looking and not find much of value. While you are doing this project in class, you must stay on these webpages. On your own time you can look for other sites)

 

Rainforest people

http://iesicaria.xtec.net/rainforest

Indigenous people

www.amazonteam.org/kids/kids2.html

Yanomami

www.survival-international.org (link:tribal world)

Importance of rainforest

www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/rainforest

Rainforest glossary

http://iesicaria.xtec.net/rainforest/glossary

   

  

   STEP 2 

PROCESSING THE INFORMATION 

Now you have a lot of information about the Amazon rainforest. You need to organize and process it.

GROUP 1

 ENDANGERED FLORA RESEARCHERS

a) Write a list of 4 problems that the rainforest flora is facing. Discuss the causes of these problems and the consequences (why these problems are happening and what these problems cause).

b) Write 5 recommendations to help preserve the flora of the Amazon Rainforest.

c) In a poster, draw pictures, graphs, maps or glue pictures that show the problems and the 5 recommendations.

 

 

GROUP 2

ENDANGERED FAUNA

RESEARCHERS

a) Write a list of 4 problems that the rainforest fauna is facing. Discuss the causes of these problems and the consequences (why the fauna has problems   and what these problems cause).

b) Write 5 recommendations to help preserve the fauna of the Amazon Rainforest.

c)In a poster, draw pictures, graphs, maps or glue pictures that show the problems of the Amazon fauna and the 5 recommendations.

 

 

 

GROUP 3

DEFORESTATION AND CLIMATIC CHANGES RESEARCHERS

a)Write a list of 4 problems that the rainforest  is facing concerning deforestation and climatic changes.Discuss the causes of deforestation and climatic changes and the consequences.

b) Write 5 recommendations to stop climatic changes and deforestation.

c) In a poster, draw pictures, graphs, maps or glue pictures that show the causes and consequences of deforestation and the 5 recommendations.

 

 

 

GROUP 4

 INDIGENOUS PEOPLE RESEARCHERS

a) Write a list of 4 problems that the indigenous people of the rainforest  are facing. Discuss the causes of the problems of the Indigenous People and the consequences.

b) Write 5 recommendations to help stop the destruction of the way of life of the indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest and to help preserve their traditional way of life.

c) In a poster, draw pictures, graphs, maps or glue pictures that show the problems of the indigenous people and your 5 recommendations to solve the problem.

 

 

 STEP 3

PRESENTING YOUR CONCLUSIONS

 

GROUP 1

ENDANGERED FLORA RESEARCHERS

Do an oral presentation to convince the UN of the need to protect the Amazon Rainforest flora.

Explain:

  • the 4 issues you wrote down with their causes and consequences.
  • 5 recommendations to help save the endangered flora of the Amazon rainforest.

Use the poster you designed as visual aid

This website will help you prepare your oral presentation

Fill in this documentwhile you listen to your classmates do their presentations

 

 

 

GROUP 2

ENDANGERED FAUNA RESEARCHERS

Do an oral presentation to convince the UN of the need to protect the Amazon Rainforest fauna.

Explain:

  • the 4 issues you wrote down with their causes and consequences.
  • 5 recommendations to help save the endangered fauna of the Amazon rainforest.

Use the poster you designed as visual aid

This website will help you prepare your oral presentation

 

 

 

GROUP 3

DEFORESTATION AND CLIMATIC CHANGES RESEARCHERS

Do an oral presentation to convince the UN of the need to stop the deforestation and climatic changes .

Explain:

  • the 4 issues you wrote down with their causes and consequences.
  • 5 recommendations to help stop climatic changes and the deforestation of the planet.

Use the poster you designed as visual aid

This website will help you prepare your oral presentation

  

 

 

GROUP4

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE 

RESEARCHERS

Do an oral presentation to convince the UN of the need to protect the Indigenous People of the Amazon Rainforest .

Explain:

  • the 4 issues you wrote down with their causes and consequences.
  • 5 recommendations to help preserve the way of life of the Indigenous People of the Amazon Rainforest.

Use the poster you designed as visual aid

This website will help you prepare your oral presentation

  

 

FINAL TASK:

If you have blogs, post your conclusions in your blogs. Read at leat 3 other posts and post a comment.