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This lesson was designed using National Geographic's Learning Framework . It was created for English Learners, but it can be used with other students as well. If used for ELLs, preteaching vocabulary will be necessary. The lesson consists of 2 parts - Rainforests and their Cultural, Economic and Ecological Benefits, and Exploring a Local Forest. I have created several worksheets for both parts. There are links to National Geographic resources: an NG article about rainforests, NG mapmaker for forest cover, and an NG presentation about scientific observation. There is a video about a school in London that is combating air pollution. The second part of the lesson is optional. There is a Local Forest Observation Protocol for collecting data to determine whether a forested area is healthy or not. It is best suited to Temperate Deciduous Forests.
P.S.1 When it comes to the jigsaw puzzle document, the way I did the activity was to assign one topic to a small group (5 topics - 5 groups) and they filled in the gaps for their part. In the end, all groups share (fill in the gaps on the big puzzle that was projected on the white board) and every student writes down all the info on an individual jigsaw puzzle worksheet.
P.S.2 My idea for the document called Different Perspectives on Rainforest Conservation was that the students first hypothesize what the benefits are before reading the article, and then again after reading.