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The Natural Environment of South America - Inquiry Task

PDF | 7 pages|Grades: 4 - 6

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 in their local community. 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 research the plants, animals, and climate of South America to plan one of the animal enclosures.

Inquiry Questions

• What is the climate like in the Amazon rainforest?
• What is the climate like in your local community?
• Will your animal be able to adapt to the climate found  in your community?
• What types of vegetation, or 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.
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