Amazon Deforestation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest with this lesson plan. Two lessons are used to explain what deforestation is and examine the causes and effects. Hands-on activities, discussion questions, and a quiz help make this lesson memorable.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and describe deforestation in the Amazon rainforest
  • discuss deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, including its causes and effects


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Deforestation
  • Amazon
  • Greenhouse gasses
  • Carbon sequestration

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Distribute the lesson Amazon Rainforest Deforestation: Facts & Statistics and read the first section 'The Amazon Rainforest' together.
  • Share an image of the Amazon and have students locate the rainforest.
  • Define 'deforestation' and make a chart on the board labeled 'The Amazon Rainforest - Deforestation.'

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