background preloader

Integrated Plants Unit

Facebook Twitter

Ten Facts About About The Amazon. Kids' Action: Native Peoples of the Rainforest. A: Tropical rainforests are bursting with life.

Kids' Action: Native Peoples of the Rainforest

Not only do millions of species of plants and animals live in rainforests, but many people also call the rainforest their home. In fact, Indigenous, or native, people have lived in rainforests for thousands of years. In North and South America they were mistakenly named Indians by Christopher Columbus, who thought that he had landed in Indonesia, then called the East Indies. A: Although many Indigenous people live much like we do, some still live as their ancestors did many years before them. These groups organize their daily lives differently than our culture. FOOD Besides hunting, gathering wild fruits and nuts and fishing, Indigenous people also plant small gardens for other sources of food, using a sustainable farming method called shifting cultivation. Frequently Asked Questions About the Rainforest. Around the world, people are clearing land to grow crops.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Rainforest

While people need to grow food, in many countries, there are no laws to prevent people from entering a forest, cutting it down, burning the dry vegetation, and planting seeds. Because most of a rainforest's nutrients are found in its diverse flora, the soils that support so much biodiversity are actually quite thin and poor.

The Wings of the Butterfly (Native South American Folktales) Printed in an earlier version in Australia’s School Magazine, Mar. 1997, and also printed in Cricket, March 2011 The mind sees this forest better than the eye.

The Wings of the Butterfly (Native South American Folktales)

The mind is not deceived by what merely shows. —H. M. Amazon Rainforest: Nasa satellite measures remarkable 1,600 mile journey of dust from Sahara desert to jungle basin - Science - News - The Independent. Every year, winds and weather formation pick up millions of tonnes of nutrient-rich dust from the Sahara desert, carries it 1,600 miles westwards and then dumps it over the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon Rainforest: Nasa satellite measures remarkable 1,600 mile journey of dust from Sahara desert to jungle basin - Science - News - The Independent

The dust, containing large amounts of phosphorous, is recycled by the jungle’s rich and abundant fauna. Scientists have known about this transfer of dust for a number of years. But, now, for the first time, experts at Nasa have calculated the precise amount using three-dimensional modelling based on satellite data. “We know that dust is very important in many ways,” said Hongbin Yu, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Maryland who works at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre. “It is an essential component of the Earth system. Mr Yu added: “[To understand those effects] first we have to try to answer two basic questions. Scientists have measured the amount of dust transported from the Sahara to the Amazon rainforest The dust then travels west across the Atlantic ocean.

Loading gallery 1 of 14. Deforestation Facts for Kids - The World Counts. TheWorldCounts, 22 July, 2014 When you see paper and wood, what do you think of?

Deforestation Facts for Kids - The World Counts

Do you think of the tree that was felled to make the product? Before we started to build cities many centuries ago, they say that 60% of the Earth was covered in Forests. Now, there is less than 10% left. Deforestation is when forests are converted for other purposes by cutting down the trees to clear the land for other use. Layers of a Rainforest. Rainforests. Below, you will find a wide range of ideas and resources to help you when you are teaching children about rainforests.


If you have any relevant resources to share, please email them and I will add them to this page. Thank you! Run Through the Jungle - A fast-paced activity which asks children to perform different jungle-based actions! Run Through the Jungle. By Allie Kelly Age Range: 5 to 11 I've used this with as many as 180 kids at once.

Run Through the Jungle

Virtual StoryBooks. Trees Art for Sale. Tree Activities for Kids. Wood You Believe We Get So Much From Trees? Are amazing!

Wood You Believe We Get So Much From Trees?

They provide beauty, shade, oxygen, clean air and water, fruit, nuts and wood products such as paper, furniture and housing. These benefits are well known. Forests: What Is A Tree? Trees are an important part of our daily lives.

Forests: What Is A Tree?

They also absorb carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) and give us oxygen to breathe. Trees make our environment beautiful with their different colours, flowers and shapes and they provide us with shade and relief from the sun's heat and harmful rays. K-2activityandideas.pdf. Maths all around us, week 4: trees. Organisation The activities below are divided into two sections, trees and leaves, and can be used to introduce or reinforce skills and concepts.

Maths all around us, week 4: trees

Activity 1: a tree census Conduct a survey of the different types of trees in the area you have chosen to study (eg school grounds, local park, street, etc). Record findings on a simple map with a key and show the number of different types of tree on a bar chart. Education World: How Does Your Tree Measure Up? Brief Description Complete the chart that shows locations and sizes of some of the biggest trees in the United States. Objectives Students will follow directions. work with partners or in small groups. measure accurately. accurately calculate data about a tree. Keywords.