This engaging game was a hit with my class. You can use this game to teach about the reasons and consequences for deforestation. The class are given the following scenario:
“You form the government of a small country that contains a large rainforest. Due to years of war and instability, the country is not popular with tourists. With very few other industries, the country is running out of money. All that you have is forest so you will need to decide whether to sell a portion. Whenever you sell forest, cross off the squares you have sold on your forest board using a marker pen. You have been borrowing money from other countries and have a debt of £2 000 000 which needs to be paid by the end of the game.”
They will then work in small groups to make as much money as possible from their rainforest. There will be consequences for their team depending on how much rainforest they choose to sell.
They will learn about the reasons behind deforestation and the problems it creates. Follow up questions are included.