What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Ask the pupils to imagine that all the tropical rainforest in the world is represented by 100 trees. Therefore each tree represents 1% of the total amount of rainforest in the world.
Using the atlas and world map, pupils need to mark on the Tropic of Cancer, the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator. Elicit from the pupils that the tropical rainforests are found between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
Working in pairs, invite the pupils to distribute the 100 trees throughout the world estimating relative size of rainforest. Emphasise the total number of trees must add up to 100.
Invite comment from the pupils on their estimates for each continent. Reveal the actual figures:
Ask pupils to find and label Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia on their maps. Explain that we will be looking mainly at the Congo Basin rainforest and using their atlas they can add the other countries of the Congo Basin where the African rainforest can be found. (Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon)
Are pupils surprised about where in the world there are rainforests? Where did they previously think rainforests were?