World Rainforest Day
The first World Rainforest Day was launched on June 22nd, 2017 by Rainforest Partnership as a collaborative effort to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the world’s rainforests.
Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth. Not only do they provide us with the freshwater we drink, but they absorb carbon dioxide, stabilise climate patterns, and provide a home to half the world’s plant and animal species. And yet, over the last 40 years, deforestation has stripped an area equivalent to the size of Europe, or 1 billion hectares, from tropical rainforests.
World Rainforest Day is an opportunity to celebrate this precious natural resource each year and take action to preserve it.
World Rainforest Day Story – Premieres June 21st
This film is about an unusual friendship, loyalty, destruction and an ancient tree. We want to tell you this story because we lose our trees every day. Every minute we destroy 21 hectares of our forests worldwide. And that despite the fact that forests are important habitats, help to preserve our biodiversity and stabilise our climate. More and more, we humans are disconnecting ourselves from nature. And in the end, we are only harming ourselves. It is time to act.
Rainforests 101 – National Geographic
Rainforests are home to over half of the world’s plant and animal species. Learn about tropical and temperate rainforests, how they contribute to the global ecosystem, and the conservation efforts being done to protect these biomes.
Build a Tiny Plant World – Sci Show Kids
Jessi is here to talk about terrariums, and now she wants to help you make one for yourself! Join them to learn all about these tiny gardens in a bottle and how you can make one of your own!
Rainforest Classroom Displays
If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work!
Jungle Immersive Learning
If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids during the school day, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a jungle immersive learning area.
What Can You Do To help?
Many young people want to get involved in some way to help better protect the environment but are not aware of how they can.
With this in mind, I’ve come up with some ideas for how young people could get involved with helping to save the environment; if you think of any others, make sure to leave a comment below and I’ll add them into the list so that other people can see them.
These ideas could be further expanded upon within a classroom setting to teach how these simple tasks help the environment and enable the children to think critically about how their actions during the day to day could be altered slightly to better help the environment.
- Reuse and Recycle
- Paper rather than plastic
- Switch off electrical items when not using
- Raise money for charities
- Look for volunteering opportunities
Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth. They provide us with the freshwater we drink, absorb carbon dioxide, stabilise climate patterns, and provide a home to half the world’s plant and animal species. And yet, over the last 40 years, deforestation has stripped an area equivalent to the size of Europe, or 1 billion hectares, from tropical rainforests.
Donate to protect rainforests and their inhabitants. Take action this World Rainforest Day by donating to one or more of the many World Rainforest Day charities that work around the world on a diverse array of issues. Your contribution will be put to work conserving wildlife, fighting deforestation, empowering Indigenous communities, developing sustainable economies, and educating people around the world about the importance of protecting rainforests.
Tune in to live events. Check out WWF’s site for a whole host of live lessons that can be used in the classroom.
Teach a lesson on litter and recycling
It’s important for students to understand that as the next generation they are stewards of the world and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep the Earth clean. To do this, you could base a whole lesson around this idea using infographics, posters and activity booklets.
Many of these can be downloaded for free from various worldwide organisations – however, be sure to also check out some of our resources displayed below.
WWF have a whole host of resources available to use in both a classroom as well as a home learning environment; take a look at what they have to offer here.
We here at Teacher’s Pet have been hard at work to bring you some brand new and amazing resources all to do with teaching about World Rainforest Day in your classroom. Click here to see all of our brand new World Rainforest Day Resources.
Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to get started.
Have a Great Day!
We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for teaching about World Rainforest Day.
If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!)