PART 1: 30 MINUTES
- Continue using the site for the rest of this lesson: globalforestwatch.org
- Students will need to click on the “Countries” tab across the top navigation.
- Choose “Indonesia” and take a few minutes exploring the statistics and information on this page. Have students answer these questions in their science notebook.
- What are FORMA alerts? (Remember to click the “i” for information – scroll down to the bottom of the drop down for a more robust description.)
- Provide students with this information: Indonesia has 141.7 million hectares of tree cover. Ask students and have them solve: What is this in acres? – 1 hectare = 2.47105 acres
- Provide students with this information: To put this in perspective an acre is roughly the size of a football field without the end zones. Once students know how many acres of tree cover Indonesia has, they will be able to visualize the acreage using football fields. Ask them to make this notation in their science notebook.
- Taking this visualization a step further, have students Google how many square miles of land their state contains and then convert it to acres.
PART 2: 15 MINUTES
- Provide students a map of Indonesia, found on page 12. This will help them find specific locations later on in the lesson and will also assist students as they explore the various layers to gain evidence that will help them draw conclusions.
- Continue using Global Forest Watch, staying on the same page as PART 1, http://www.globalforestwatch.org/country/IDN, choose the third bubble, “Analyze”.
- Since students watched the introduction, “GFW Tutorial | Map”, as a part of the Engage, allow students the opportunity to practice using the different layers, specifically the following categories: Forest Change, Forest Cover, Forest Use, and Conservation.
- Remind and encourage students to click on the “i” if they don’t understand a data set or layer.
*Special Note* – this exploration time with the analysis tool is important to student success in the upcoming Explain section. Please do not bypass the Explore section.