Comparing People and Places

Block D - Amazon Basin

Travel around the world in this exciting topic, as you compare disparate peoples and places in the UK, Europe, North America and South America. Look at your own area and discover the similarities and differences between where you live and these other intriguing locations. Develop a range of skills and increase your expertise in a number of curriculum areas, including key human and physical geography goals.

Study the Amazon Basin in South America. Become environmental scientists as you explore this resource-rich environment, investigating the impact of human activity on the natural resources and communities of the region. Use mathematical measures and analysis to create a report on land use, cultural vulnerabilities, environmental impact and economic trade, for presentation at your own Earth summit.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: The Amazon Basin in numbers

Journey along the great Amazon River into the Amazon Basin and use maps, satellite images and film to create a narrative about the region. Learn about the region through numbers and create a geographical infographic poster.

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02: Economics and trade in the Amazon Basin

Start preparing for your own Earth Summit by analysing data about the land use, trade and economics of the Amazon Basin. Get to grips with contrasting arguments about the uses of local resources and develop your own informed opinion.

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03: Earth Summit: the Amazon Basin

Create your final Earth Summit report using data and information gleaned and analysed over the past two sessions. Have a go at creating computer generated graphic representations of data and put together a ‘report findings’ summary.