This video and article highlight the global importance of jungles and forests, the many unexpected consequences of deforestation, and the solutions available to save them.
Students will learn about the role that farmers and governments have to play in saving jungles and why smart land use and a gentle, restorative approach to jungles is imperative.
This video includes riveting footage of jungles and the animals that live within them.
Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, this video is entertaining and also easy to follow.
It may be helpful to show students maps and identify where jungles are located across the planet.
Teachers should preview the 10 other links embedded within this resource to consider which ones may be appropriate for their classes.
Create a simple note-taking guide for students to use while watching the video to help them track the importance of jungles, the consequences of deforestation, and steps that can be taken to protect jungles.
Have students research examples of "deforestration-free products" and write letters to the companies and certification organizations thanking them for the important role they are playing.
Language arts classes could write essays addressing the question, "Why would we want to save our jungles?" being sure to include specific evidence from this video.
Put students in groups to discuss examples of how natural resources within jungles can still be utilized without destroying the jungle and why this is important.
Science classes can connect this video to lessons about land-use changes, clear-cutting, erosion, water pollution, biodiversity hotspots, species extinctions, habitat fragmentation, or ecosystem services.
This video resource is narrated by Sir David Attenborough and features a wealth of beautiful jungle videos. The video starts with the necessity of jungles for the health of the whole Earth and then transitions to how farming and logging has led to large-scale deforestation. This resource really touches on the diversity in jungles and how every single patch of jungle is valuable. In addition to providing a list of actions that governments and large businesses should make to protect the world’s jungles, the video describes how consumers have the power to make choices about what to purchase and to advocate corporations to protect the jungle. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Speaking & Listening (K-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.