The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is the largest rainforest in the world and is home to a complex ecosystem of plants and animals. Big businesses and farming are changing the nature of the environment at the expense of the rainforest and the local populations. The sheer size of the rainforest means that what is happening in Amazonia has an effect upon the rest of the world.

First broadcast:
17 May 2007

Students could create a non-fiction book about the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. They could write about the kinds of plants and animals that live there and how it is crucial for Brazil and the whole world.

Alternatively, students could create giant posters or wall displays which depict the rainforest at different levels and feature indigenous animals and plants. For example, on the forest floor there could be ants and termites, among the understory could be a jaguar. On the trees and plants in the canopy there could be birds, anteaters and monkeys. Above that is the emergent layer. Students could represent the sun and shade in their poster or display, showing that the canopy and the emergent receive more sunlight than the forest floor.