Topic outline

  • General

    In this unit you will learn about:

    • The importance of forests
    • The impact of deforestation
    • Sustainable Forest Management
    • Sustainable living

    Click here to download the Forests 2011 Course

  • Topic 1

    World Forests
    1. Use this link to find out which parts of the world have the most forest area and which are cutting down the most forests.
    2. The 3 main types of forest are Tropical, Temperate and Boreal (Taiga) forests. Using this link about biomes and this link to describe differences and similarities between each type of forest.
    3. Name some countries where I would find each of these types of forest.
    Once you have completed these 3 activities, save your findings as an information report (200 words) username-forests.doc . You may add images to your report. The maximum file size is 1Mb. If your pictures are too big they may make your information report too large to submit.

  • Topic 2

    Forest Issues
    Form a group of 4-5. Each person take a topic below. Read the information and summarise it for other members of the group and teach them about the issue (you can search for more information if you need it).
    1. Agroforestry
    2. Palm oil and watch a short video
    3. Pulp and paper industry
    4. Forests and poverty reduction
    5. Food and health
    Now individually complete this Forest Issues Quiz.
  • Topic 3

    Talking Trees

    Imagine that trees (or a particular forest animal of your choice) could talk. Create a discussion where two trees talk about their age, their life and the coming threat of logging in their forest.
    • Topic 4

      Live Trees Dead Trees

      Find a dead tree in your area and find out how old it is. This link will help you find the age of the tree if you cannot count the rings. Download and fill out the worksheet below. Save the worksheet as username-tree and submit it below.
    • Topic 5

      Fire In The Forest

      Use this interactive to simulate a forest fire. Complete this worksheet and submit it for marking below. You will need to copy all the text in the worksheet and paste it into a new office document if you want to type your answers. Save it as username-fire.pdf.
    • Topic 6

      Deforestation Maths

      Around the world, 1 hectare of rainforest is destroyed (equivalent to two football fields) every second and 137 species become extinct every day. Using this information answer the quiz below.
    • Topic 7


      Take responsibility for replanting trees in an area that was previously forest. Contact your local Landcare or Junior Landcare groups for assistance or try Wildscape.
      • Topic 8

        Amazon Interactive

        Visit this link and explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon through online games and activities. Learn about the rainforest and the Quichua people who call it home. Discover the ways in which the Quichua live off the land. Then try your hand at running a community-based ecotourism project along the Río Napo.
        • Topic 9

          Congo Rainforest Trek

          Go on a Congo adventure and complete this scavenger hunt.
          • Topic 11

            The Lorax

            Watch the video of the Lorax or read the book. The story teaches us about:
            • Protecting Diversity
            • Deforestation
            • Recycling
            Write an explanation/exposition that explains what you have learned from The Lorax and why you need to make sure these things don't happen where you live. In your exposition discuss logging, global warming, acid rain, species extinction and recycling and what we need to do about them. Save your work as username-lorax.pdf and submit it to the dropbox below.

          • Topic 12

            Human Impacts

            Use this website to learn about human impacts on the earth. Choose one impact and record information about its causes and effects. Create a slide presentation about it and present it to the class (10 slides max). You may use other websites such as these below to help you find information.
            Global Warming
            • Topic 13

              Mapping Forests

              Find a map of your local area. You can use Google Maps. Take a screenshot of it and save it. Using image editing software, shade in areas of forest. Use different colours to show different types of forest areas. Create a legend showing what the different colours mean. Save your work as username-forestmap.jpg and submit it below.

            • Topic 14

              Old and New

              Contact your local historical society and find old aerial photos of your community.
              Find out the percentage of forest that has been lost since the old photos were taken.
              • Topic 15

                Forest Sounds

                Go to a forest and take photos. Record 1 minute of sounds. Create a slide presentation and use the sounds you recorded as soundtrack for a slide presentation. If you cannot record the sounds, find a recording on the Internet that you can use.
                • Topic 16

                  Forest Composition

                  Form a group with 4-5 others. Think about animals and plants in a forest and create a soundscape using a range of different kinds of sounds that expresses what life is like in a rainforest for one day. Record your soundscape. At the end record yourself describing what was happening in the sound scape (2 minutes max). Submit it below as username-username-username-sounds.mp3 .
                • Topic 17

                  Organisation and Grouping

                  TIME: 2 x 1 hour session per week

                  Based on Blooms, 7 Ways of Knowing and Kagan Groups.
                  Mandatory activities are marked with an *.
                  • Topic 18

                    Term Overview
                    Wk 1
                    Wk 2
                    Wk 3
                    Wk 4
                    Wk 5
                    • Topic 19

                      Assessment Plan
                      • Topic 20

                        Unit Evaluation