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Ama-zone! The Rainforest Project

The main focus of Ama-zone! The Rainforest Project is a role playing activity that allows the students to explore the many issues surrounding the Rainforest. It was designed by teachers to utilize information gathered by Western Reserve Public Media during a trip to the Peruvian Rainforest. Included in this package is a CD containing pictures and video footage of the rainforest taken by the Western Reserve Public Media staff. These can be used as reference material during student exploration of the Rainforest topics. There are also lesson plans and black line masters.

View QuickTime movies of a classroom using Ama-zone!

Teacher introduction 1 Minute

Student speeches 3 Minutes 30 Seconds

Student comments about the simulation 2 Minutes 15 Seconds

Teacher comments about the simulation 2 Minutes 15 Seconds

Teachable moments 1 Minute 30 Seconds


Ama-zone! can be…

  • Project based or subject specific
  • Cross curricular
  • Constructivist in approach

A simulation has been set up that assumes that a fictional World Summit on the Rainforest will be held to propose the adoption of the Amazon Rainforest as The Amazon World Preserve. 


Students will…

  • be assigned the role of one of these experts and be expected to research that expert's field. Help in searching is given on the Ama-zone! Web site.

  • decide their position based upon the research they have conducted and assume the role.

  • make a presentation to the class of the position that they will take before the World Council

  • engage in a debate with their classmates to determine the fate of the Amazon Rainforest.


What’s Included in the Kit?

  • Simulation Plan — student role cards (with keywords for searching Internet sites), blackline masters, rubrics for assessment

  • A series of ten science content lesson plans that deal with many of the major issues and blackline masters to accompany the lessons.

  • A correlation guide to the Ohio Proficiency Models

  • A resource CD with pictures, sounds and video from the rainforest

  • Five videos segments (VHS format)

    A Rain Forest Overview

    The Challenge


    Medicine and Pharmacy

    The Culture