Enter the Rainforest
Guardians of the Rainforest
With its poisonous reptiles, unforgiving heat and humidity, hoards of insects, and overgrown brush, life in the rainforest is no walk in the park. Yet groups of people have been surviving and thriving in the rainforest for thousands of years. In many countries, they are even called the "guardians of the rainforest" for the role they play in protecting and conserving these special places. Today, you'll meet a few of them and learn more about their way of life.
Ask About Today
Can you tell me about the different rainforest tribes you learned about today? How do they live in and protect the rainforest?
If an explorer who knew little about us took an expedition to our house, what are some cultural artifacts, practices or traditions that they would find unique to our family?
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There are many groups of people living in the rainforest and they all have different ways of life. Meet a few of them in these short videos and photo collections. What are some similarities and differences between these groups? How and why are their livelihoods and homes being threatened? What strategies are they using to preserve their ways of life and the rainforest around them?
The Threat of Deforestation
The Amazon rainforest is shrinking rapidly due to "deforestation." Learn more about deforestation and why it threatens the people of the Amazon as well as the plant life in this video from National Geographic.
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Journey with the Waiapi Tribe
The Waiapi tribe is another small and distinct tribe in Brazil that is trying to preserve their way of life and land. Look through these powerful photos and read more about them.
Visit the Achuar
To reach the Achuar people in Peru, you have to travel 4-8 days by plane, motorized boat, dug-out canoe, and foot. Luckily, you can stay right in your living room to learn more about them.
Growing Up in the Amazon
What's it like being a kid in the Amazon rainforest? Let's find out!
Watching Over the Amazon
Amazon Watch, a nonprofit organization, works alongside indigenous groups and environmental organizations to protect the rainforest and native peoples in the Amazon Basin. Learn more about the organization's work and why it's so important in this beautiful video.
Imagine that you lived in the rainforest. What would your home look like? Better start designing—it'll be dark soon and there's always more rain coming.
Build (or Draw) Your Amazon Home
Follow this video to learn how to use craft or popsicle sticks to make your own tiny Amazon hut. You'll need a bunch of popsicle sticks, wood glue, a ruler, a pencil, and some sturdy scissors. After you're done, color your hut with markers or paint. Will yours be bright and colorful, or designed to blend in with the lush environment?
(Short on supplies? No problem. Grab some paper and crayons or colored pencils and start sketching your rainforest shelter. Consider drawing it from above, like a blueprint, so you can show its rooms and features!)
To feel close and connected to nature, it's helpful to be mindful and aware of ourselves and our surroundings. So for today's Move activity, we're going to try... being still. Get comfortable, then step into the rainforest in this guided meditation.