What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Discuss with the class what animals, plants, birds and insects they think they might see in the Congo Basin rainforest.
In groups, ask pupils to categorise the animal and plant cards the same ways they did for the Scots pine forest. They can also create food chains from the card sets.
Using a suitable space, organise the pupils to represent the web of life in the Congo Basin rainforest in the same way they illustrated the web of life in the Scots pine forest.
Give two pupils the role cards and ask the group to think about what role they might play in the forest eco-system. The pupils with the roles cards should allocate them to particular species and plants.
Hold a plenary discussion using the teacher prompts below.
All forests share similar characteristics and fulfil a number of important functions. They help maintain eco-systems and support bio-diversity.
A decline in forest coverage impacts on the animals and plants which live there which can result in a decline or a loss in particular species. This disruption within an eco-system can therefore cause a ripple effect and impact on a number of different species.