Deforestation

This Deforestation lesson plan also includes:

Young scientists observe deforestation from satellite photos and discuss the importance of forests to the global environment. They then simulate a plot of forest when farmers move into the area over the course of seven years. Finally, they research the impact of deforestation on one area of their choosing—a very eye-opening activity!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by discussing the impact on water usage and availability
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a large bag of dried beans, which might not normally be in the science class
  • Assumes prior knowledge of recording and graphing data
Pros

  • Core lesson feels like playing a game
  • Connects a global phenomenon with the local impact
  • Follows a 5E format
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS