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Forests (Earth Matters unit)



This product is an individual unit from the high school curriculum Earth Matters. Purchase the unit now and you’ll immediately receive the unit as a PDF. Scroll down to see the list lessons plans and readings included in the unit.

Note: If you’re planning to purchase Earth Matters or have already done so, you don’t need to purchase this unit as it is included within the larger Earth Matters curriculum.

Other Earth Matters units include: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Food and Hunger, Oceans, Personal Consumption, Population Dynamics, Public Health, Rich and Poor, Solid Waste, Urbanization, Water Resources, and The World’s Women.

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The following are included with the purchase of the unit:

Lesson Plans:

  • Go for the Green – Students play a board game about the fate of a rainforest where they must strategically balance economic and environmental decisions.
  • What’s at Stake for the Forest? – Acting as different stakeholders with various interests, students play a strategy game where they work in groups to negotiate management of a publicly owned forest.

Background Reading:

  • Deforestation: The Unkindest Cut – The world’s forests are important ecosystems in regulating climate and nurturing wildlife. This reading provides an overview of trends affecting the world’s tropical forests and temperate forests here in North America.

Case Study Reading:

  • Palm Oil Demand: Exacting a Steep Price on Tropical Forests – The increasing demand for palm oil is taking a toll on Indonesia’s biodiversity-rich tropical rainforests.