Which Came First - The Rain or the Rainforest?

When in drought, plant a tree! A creative video lesson explains how trees of the rainforest create rain as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Without trees, the rainforests would not exist which is a real problem in regions where logging clears large areas of these remarkable plants.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a rainfall map of a forest region compared to a desert region using recent data
  • Have pupils write a summary of the video after viewing
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a basic understanding of photosynthesis
Pros

  • Images add interest and clarity to the concepts
  • Includes subtitles in several languages as well as an auto-translate feature to assist ELLs
Cons

  • None
Common Core