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Author

Ecosia

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Climate Action

Resource Type

  • Video, 6 minutes, 24 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

The Importance of Forests

Synopsis
  • In this video, students will be introduced to the importance of forests (which are home to about 80% of life on land), the problems they face, and a list of solutions that can help protect them. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video will inspire students to protect forests and encourage them to take action.
  • In this video, students are introduced to Ecosia, a search engine that plants trees.
  • Students can click on the link in the description to see a full list of Ecosia's tree-planting projects.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The teacher could familiarize students with Ecosia's search engine and its projects before starting with this resource.
  • Students need to be familiar with the terms deforestation and reforestation.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
This resources gives a detailed look at forests, and even what constitutes a forest, because not all countries use the same definition. Deforestation is one of the leading causes of climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • 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.
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