Deserts and Rainforests

AOI: Environments

Unit Question:

Humans have a responsibility to understand the natural environment and treat it sustainably.


Lesson 1 – What is geography?

Pearson Geography – Geography

Oxford Big Idea Geographical Themes

Lesson 2 – Physical Geography

Foundations – What is Physical Geography?

Geographical Sketching:

Foundations – How Do We Study Geography?

Heinemann Atlas – Geographical Sketches Worksheet


Lesson 3 – What is an Ecosystem?

Foundations – What are Ecosystems?

 New Wider World – World Biomes

Geography Alive – How are Landscapes Different?

Oxford Big Ideas – Landscapes

Lesson 4 – Deserts – Characteristics and Locations

Geography Alive – What is a Desert?

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Lesson 5 – Deserts – Formation and Formations

SOSE Alive – Why are Deserts Dry?

Geography Alive – Desert formation

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Rain Shadow Desert Formation

Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 3.34.30 PMFormation of a Sub-Tropical Desert

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Coastal Desert Formation


Lesson 6 – Deserts – Plant and Animal Adaptations


Lesson 7 – Deserts – The Spread of Arid Land: What is Desertification?

Activity 1: Watch the clips below to answer the questions on this worksheet…

Activity 2: Create a Consequences Chart using this model….
Use the example in this document to create your own consequences chart for Desertification.
1. Copy the chart into your work book or make a version in pages – you will need probably more circles than shown here!
2. In the first large circle write DESERTIFICATION (the problem) – the next level of circles should say consequences of desertification.
3. The third level of circles show the consequences of the circles before (the consequence of the consequence!) and so on, like a chain effect.
See how many consequences you can think of!

Encyclopedia Britannica: Desertification

Lesson 8 – Tropical Rainforests – Characteristics and Locations

What are the Characteristics of a Rainforest? Read and complete q. 1, 2, 3
Geography Alive – What is a Rainforest Ecosystem Like? Read and complete q. 1, 2, 3, 4

TASK: Use the diagram below to complete a geographic sketch (this means you sketch all the main parts but leave out smaller details) of the rainforest layers in your workbook. Then annotate the sketch with key information about each layers using the reading ‘What is a Rainforest Ecosystem Like?’

Rainforest Structure Diagram

TASK: In your exercise books, create a Venn diagram to explore the similarities and differences between deserts and rain forests.

Have a look at this game and see if you can place the plants and animals in the correct part of the rainforest. Then read about each one to learn more about who lives in the rainforest. (click on the textbooks in the picture to play Jewels of the Earth)

Rainforest Alliance

Lesson 9 – Tropical Rainforests – Deforestation

SOSE Alive – Why are Rainforests so Important?

Geography Alive – Why are Rainforests Disappearing?

Lesson 11 – Tropical Rainforests – Effects of Deforestation &
The Problem with Palm Oil

Geography Alive – How Does Deforestation Affect the Environment and People?

National Geographic – Orangutans and the Palm Oil Revolution

The Independent: The Guilty Secrets of Palm Oil

Say No To Palm Oil

Palm Oil Investigations: Who Uses Palm Oil?


Lesson 10 – Tropical Rainforests – Sustainability

Geography Alive – How Can Rainforests be Conserved?

TED Talk: A Drone’s Eye View of Conservation