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


  • Begin by asking the students to list reasons why forests are important to us and discuss these as a class.
  • Now play the video lesson Deforestation: Definition, Causes & Consequences, pausing at 2:00.
  • How did the student lists about the value of forests compare to the information provided in the lesson? Discuss this as a class.
  • Now have students use what they have learned in the video lesson so far to draft their own definition of deforestation. They should also include causes of deforestation in their definitions.
  • When all students have finished drafting their definitions of deforestation, have them share them with the class.
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class now.
  • Review the information presented in the lesson on the causes and consequences of deforestation as a class.

Discussion Questions

  • How is deforestation impacting our lives each day?
  • What can we do to reduce deforestation?
  • What are other impacts of deforestation that affect earth's natural cycles?

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