What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Place the students in 'home' groups of 6. This will be the group they will report back to. The 'home' group are then each given a letter A-F - this will group them for their expert group. Explain that each member of the group is going to find out about an activist and report back to the group. NB The information sheets vary in levels of reading ability.
The pupils will need to read and discuss the information or research online and find out about their activist. As a group they should then decide what key points they will report back to their home groups. Emphasise that each expert will only have 2 minutes to report salient information back.
Pupils return to their home groups and share what they have found out about the activists. Ensure each expert keeps to their 2 minute limit so that the others in home groups have opportunity to report back and there is time for each expert to answer any questions to clarify.
After everyone has reported in home group, ask each home group to discuss which activist(s) they would most like to meet and why? Share the feedback with the class.
As a class choose the most common activist that the groups would like to meet. Ask each home group to think of three questions they would like to ask of this person. These questions could be used for a hot seating activity with a pupil from the 'expert' group taking on the mantel of the activist and responding to the questions asked by the class.
All these people were motivated to take action and worked to change things for the better. What do the pupils feel about taking action for change? Do they believe they can change things? This can be explored further in the activity How can I make the world a better place?