Introduction | Task | Resources | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion
"Rain forests cover less than two percent of the Earth's surface, yet they are home to some 50 to 70 percent of all life forms on our planet. The rain forests are quite simply, the richest, oldest, most productive and most complex ecosystems on Earth"
RAIN FOREST ACTION NETWORK
As you see from the quote above the RAIN FOREST ACTION NETWORK (RAN) the world's rain forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Some of the statistics are:
Your country is a small but growing country with hundreds of square miles of rain forests. However it is under great pressure from its own citizens and from people around the world on how to use this most precious of resources. A major legal battle is developing and people are under a great deal of stress.
A Virtual Tour
Take a tour of a rainforest. Explore the rain forests through the magic of the Internet. Go to the "Science in the Rain forest " web site and meet the monkeys and birds that live there. See the plants that are endangered and learn why rain forests are so important to human existence.
The following Internet sites my help you decide how to best use the rain forests.
Site 1: What is a Rain Forest
Site 2: The Brazilian Rainforest
Site 3: "Tropical Rain Forests"
Locate the Mini library in this classroom. Several books and magazines are available for help with your investigation.
You are preparing for a legal battle in the courts of your country. The entire world is watching very closely. The pressure is immense! Your team is divided into two groups. One side is for harvesting the rain forest the other side is against. Each member takes on the role of a court room lawyer. You must research your side of the battle using the resources named in the "Resource" section above.
You will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Now that you have finished this web quest, think about how the use of the rain forests today affects you now and in the future. Write a two page reflection that tells:
- Three facts you have learned that you did not know before this WebQuest.
- What you can do today to protect the rain forests?
- Do American's have the right to tell another country how to manage their resources?
Based on a template from The Web quest Page.
Adapted for offline use. For the original WebQuest go to: