Deforestation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students understand the phenomenon of deforestation? A video lesson delivers the facts and an activity gives students a chance to research incidents of deforestation.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • analyze the importance of forests
  • define deforestation
  • list the outcomes resulting from deforestation
  • identify specific examples of deforestation


  • 1 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • NGSS Human Impacts Standard: MS-ESS3-3

Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

  • NGSS Human Impacts Standard: MS-ESS3-4

Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems


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


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

Key Vocabulary

  • Deforestation

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