What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Pupils are going to mind map similarities and differences between the Scottish forest and the African Rainforest. They will create a mind map of each and add to them as they progress through the topic. There is a double mind map template which can be used for this activity. This helps pupils to compare visually the similarities and differences.
Alternatively you may use the activity at the end of the topic for assessment purposes.
Individually or in groups, pupils need to map out all the similarities they can find between the forests. This should be repeated with differences. You can use the teacher prompts to help if necessary.
When the mind maps are completed, the pupils should review them and reflect upon the main similarities they have found between the forests. They could then think about whether these similarities could be applied to all forests.
By the end of the topic you would expect to see an increased awareness of the similarities between the forests, and that the roles the animals and plants in each forest play is similar and supports an eco-system or web of life. There should also be an increased understanding of the role all forests play in providing clean air, mitigating against climate change, supporting biodiversity, preventing floods and soil erosion and supporting livelihoods.