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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 0 Choose one or all of these introductory resources before doing the Populate Your Rainforest lesson which follows them. We welcome your suggestions in our Educators Forum

    • Here is where you can leave comments about the lessons, the rainforest, and the Earth.

    • 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.

    • Mr. Lubbers takes his 8th grade class to Costa Rican rainforest where he examines 


      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

    • RTR Site Preview

      Before you start, watch this slide show for a site preview.

    • Etchings 1-59

      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.

    • 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 : Populate Your Rainforest

    Today you will be looking at images from the rainforest explorers of the 1800s. How many of these plants and animals still exist today ? Much of our natural habitat is threatened with extinction. If we lose the honeybees, how will the crops be pollinated ?


    • Open Explore Plants and Explore Animals to choose you favorites. You will record their names on your Extinction report and search for them on to find their common names and to determine if they are  possibly extinct. One indicator of extinction is the absence of modern photos on the internet.

      Remember if you really want to Go Green and save our planet, you will tell other people about what’s happening to our Earth. Your class may calculate the percentage of extinctions and make a report of your findings for the newspaper.

  • Topic 3

    For extra activities, use the Easy word searchAdvanced word search, and coloring sheets from Remember the Rainforest 2. 

  • Topic 4

    Remember the Rainforest 2 is an Eco coloring book that teaches basic Eco concepts. It is the story of students lost in the rainforest looking for Green Girl's Eco Club. There are suggested readings for older students. RTR2 poses the question, "Why be a Tree Killer when you can be an Eco SuperHero?"

    RTR2 cover

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