ERIC Number: ED349247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
What Have You Got To Lose? New World Tropical Rainforests. Grades 3-8.
Murphey, Carol E.
In this unit, designed for use with grades three through eight, students explore the biology and peoples of Latin American rainforests and the problems caused by the interactions of people with this environment. The featured activities integrate art, science, language, and social studies. Fourteen lessons, arranged in sequential order, comprise the unit. The first four lessons acquaint the student with how a tropical rainforest feels, looks, and grows. Lessons five to seven provide a brief look at indigenous peoples in New World rainforests. The activities from these lessons are based on the activities of small human groups that inhabit the forests of Central and South America. Problems relating to humans and the delicate rainforest environment are explored in lessons eight to eleven. The intent of lessons 12 and 13 is to review the content material of the unit and consider words, cultural practices, and ideas that reflect a cultural bias. Lesson 14 discusses some solutions to rainforest problems that currently are being attempted. Teacher background information and a rainforest resource list also are included. (DB)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Foreign Countries, Latin Americans, Learning Activities, Physical Environment, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, World Affairs
SPICE--Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education, Littlefield Center, Room 14, 300 Lasuen Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5013 ($39.95, includes slides for the unit).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education.
Identifiers: Latin America; Tropical Rain Forest