Resources from the Science Museum of Minnesota
Extinction is Forever: Using graphic models of forests with low biological diversity and high biological diversity, students compare habitat destruction and extinction rates in each type of forest.
Going, Going...: By marking a graphic model of rainforest loss, students will be able to represent the extent and rate of rainforest destruction.
Rainforest in a Bottle: Students identify the interactions of light, water, air, soil, and life after experimenting with soda bottle terrariums they design.
The Shape of Things: After conducting simple experiments with construction paper models, students will be able to compare and contrast how leaf shapes affect plant survival.
Tropical Dilemmas: Through a focused discussion of rainforest issues, students will identify conflicting values involved in Tropical Dilemmas and decide what action to take or create alternative solutions.
A special thanks to the Science Museum of Minnesota for granting the Morpho Institute the right to reproduce these wonderful activities from their Tropical Rainforest: An Activity Guide for Teachers publication. Originally a companion guide to the IMAX film, Tropical Rainforest, this activity guide was made possible by the John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation and the National Science Foundation.