An inquiry task focusing on the natural environment of the Amazon rainforest in South America.
In this inquiry task, students imagine they are a zoo keeper at Taronga Zoo (located in Sydney, Australia). The zoo has just announced plans to open a new ‘Animals of the Amazon’ exhibit. The welfare of the plants and animals in the new exhibit is the zoo’s top priority.
The students must use their knowledge of South American plants, animals and climate to plan one of the animal enclosures.
• What is the climate (temperature/rainfall) like in the Amazon rainforest?
• What is the climate (temperature/rainfall) like in Sydney, Australia?
• What conditions might be needed in the enclosure to replicate the Amazon climate?
• What types of vegetation (plant life) will be needed in the enclosure?
This teaching resource includes:
- a detailed overview of the inquiry task
- various scaffold and planning worksheets
- reflection questions.
This inquiry task could also be used as an assessment piece.
National Curriculum Curriculum alignment
Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and ...
- Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Lower
Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Lower covers students in Year 3 and Year 4.
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