What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Explain to the class that while much is being done to protect rainforest, it is still under threat from destruction. Every minute an area the equivalent to 25 football pitches is being destroyed. This activity will enable them to see what will happen if we continue to destroy rainforest at this rate.
Put the pupils into groups of 4-5 and give them a set of cards A World without Rainforest. They must sort the cards into 2 categories. "How forest clearance affects the people, plants and animals that live in the rainforest" and 'How forest clearance affects us globally'. They should have 7 cards in the 'How forest clearance affects us globally' pile.
Now they must rank the 7 cards according to which issues they think are most important and which issues are least important. They can rank the cards with the 2 most important at the top and the 2 least important at the bottom.
Groups can share their most important and least important issues with the class and explain the reasons for their choices.
Key issues to draw out are the impacts on forests people, biodiversity and climate change. Encourage the pupils to reflect on both the global and local impacts.
For more information on climate change and forests see visit www.forestsforthefuture.co.uk a resource investigating trees, forests and climate change.