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  • Intro to Ecology and Environment

    While developing knowledge and talent for life in Space, EIS strongly endorses the preservation, celebration and renewal of our Earth. etching 30Choose one or all of these introductory resources before doing the Color the Rainforest lesson which follows them. We welcome your suggestions in our Educators Forum

    • Here educators can share pictures and links, and can discuss anything related to Ecology, the Earth and the rainforest.

    • View an animated slide show of the 59 etchings from the Martius-Spix expedition to Brazil. Etchings by Karl von Martius, expedition leader. Digitally colored on Photoshop by Carol Miranda Chor and Alberto Chor. These etchings display the various regions and habitats of Brazil.

      When the explorers visited the rainforest in 1817, there were no cameras to take pictures of the beautiful scenery.  In those days it was important to practice drawing and painting, so travelers could remember and pass along what they had seen.  Raise your Eco-awareness and Eco IQ. If a picture is worth a thousand words, think what these thousands of images will teach you about the Earth !


       Mr. Lubbers takes his 8th grade class to Costa Rican rainforest where he examines the layers of the forest.  

    • Nova's Earth from Space

      This is a must-see video for grades 3-12. It shows images of the Earth from space through 7 different spectrums of light, each one revealing astonishing truths about the condition of the Earth.This is a perfect lead-in to all Ecology lessons because it shows the "big picture"and helps the students draw some important conclusions that will inspire interest, concern and hopefully, activism for the environment. It would be best to watch this 2 hour video in 2-3 sessions.

    • Earth from Space Resources

      Click above for resources. Click below for worksheets : 

      nova earth from space worksheet

      NOVA's Earth system science collection highlights important Earth processes normally invisible to the human eye. The standards-based media resources expose the intricate web of forces that sustain life on Earth, allowing educators to explore the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet with their students.

  • Topic 1

    Raise Awareness and Eco IQ

    • Please take a  tour before starting this challenge.

    • NASA'a Rainforest from Space

      NASA"s Landsat photos of tropical rainforests from 1970 to 2012 show the patterns of deforestation that is destroying habitats all over the Earth. Does the land today display the lush, oxygen rich abundance of the rainforest etchings from the Martius-Spix expedition 1817-1820 ?

    • Earth is constantly changing. Some changes are a natural part of the climate system, such as the seasonal expansion and contraction of the Arctic sea ice pack. The responsibility for other changes, such as the Antarctic ozone hole, falls squarely on humanity’s shoulders. Our World of Change series documents how our planet’s land, oceans, atmosphere, and Sun are changing over time.

  • Topic 2

    Lesson: Color the Rainforest

    Click on the poster link below to find a worksheet with a series of black and white etchings. Select an etching to download for coloring  by hand or on Photoshop. If you prefer to work on a smaller section, just cut and copy to a new file.


    • Poster

      Upon return to Germany in 1820, the explorers  began the task of creating etchings from the sketches so they could be printed and distributed in a 40 volume work which also displayed  1000s of drawings of the plants. This task was completed in 1840 with the publication of Flora Brasiliensis.

      Since then, many people have copied and colored these etchings, but few people have unlocked their secrets to reveal the full glory of the forest coming alive with color. Even in 1817, the Germans had powerful lenses which magnified the etchings and allowed for incredible details that could only be seen and colored 200 years later n the new era of computers..

      So if you love to color and you are more than a casual explorer, magnify the black and white etchings and you will see 100s of flowers. You will recognize them as black dots surrounded by white.

      Click on the poster link to find a worksheet with a series of black and white etchings. Select an etching to download for coloring  by hand or on Photoshop. If you prefer to work on a smaller section, just cut and copy to a new file.

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    For extra activities, use the Easy word searchAdvanced word search, and coloring sheets from Remember the Rainforest 2. RTR2 is an Eco coloring book..

  • Topic 5

    • Alexander Massouras demonstrates how the techniques behind some of history’s greatest prints remain unchanged — almost 400 years later.  Renowned for his work in the medium, Rembrandt came to be recognised as one of the most accomplished printmakers of all time, producing works in intricate detail. ‘The lines follow the contours of what he depicts,’ comments Massouras, citing the individually-rendered hairs on a work such as Old Bearded Man Looking Down. ‘That detail is facilitated by etching.’   



       Etching is traditionally the process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. This video will show you how it is done.

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