Tropical Deforestation: Are You Part of the Problem?
Two 45 minute sessions
- Problem scenarios
- team directions
- news cast directions
- easel boards
- dry erase markers
In this lesson students work together in teams to discuss and evaluate how human actions in developed countries affect tropical forests' problems. Teams will develop and present a news cast to share their conclusions and suggested solutions. Cooperative learning strategies used are:
- Heads Together
- Team Roles and Rewards
- Three Step Interview
- Identify and evaluate problems facing tropical forests.
- Analyze and describe strategies that may help protect tropical forests.
- Heads together - teams will review and discuss what they've learned thus far about tropical deforestation.
- Whole group instruction - team procedures for evaluating one problem from Are you Part of the Problem?
- Model with one problem on the overhead.
- Student teams will review and evaluate problem given to them, using Three Step Interview process.
- Teams will prepare a newscast to present to the whole group, informing them about the problem and possible solutions.
- Team presentations of news casts.
- What have you learned about tropical issues?
- How did the experiences you've had with these two lessons help you to better understand deforestation and potential solutions to the problems?
- Braus, Judy, Editor. Ranger Rick's NatureScope: Rain Forests - Tropical Treasures. Washington, D.C.: National Wildlife Federation, 1989