We were lucky to have four members of the Brazilian embassy’s education team visit the school today to talk to the children about Brazil, covering its geography, culture and the Amazon rainforest. Among many things, they wanted us to understand the huge size of Brazil (the fifth largest country in the world by area) and the gigantic scale of the rainforest.
To round off our geography project (other than our planned visit to the Brazilian embassy next month), the children made videos this morning about the different aspects of Brazil that we have studied.
Brazil’s diverse ecosystems
The Amazon River
The indigenous peoples of Brazil
The Amazon rainforest
Rio de Janeiro
An introduction to Brazil
In geography today we learned about the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest, including the Awa tribe, some of whom remain “uncontacted” (that is, with no interactions with the world outside the rainforest). We ended the lesson by touching on the current pressures on the rainforest and the Awa’s way of life from commercial logging, farming, cattle ranching and mining.
In geography today we found out about two different areas of Rio: the Rochinha favela and Barra da Tijuca. The children then wrote reflections on how Rio is a ‘city of two halves’. For those interested in exploring Rio further, it would be great if they were to use GoogleEarth to look at other parts of the city and tell the class in next week’s lesson about what they find.
In tomorrow’s lesson on Brazil, we’re going to be finding out about the climate in different regions of Brazil, including in the city of Manaus.
Here’s a challenge you could try before the lesson: find Manaus on the map and try to find out what the pictures below are showing.
I was tremendously impressed with the start the children made on our first geography project which is on Brazil. They divided into five teams, each of which used atlases and other materials to research different aspects of Brazil’s geography – the surrounding countries and oceans, the major cities, the Amazon river, the mountain ranges, and the fascinating regional terrains and ecosystems. Then they moved between teams and shared what they’d found out with one another and annotated maps of Brazil and the South American continent.