Curriculum - Special Needs - Lesson plan - Beam me to Brazil

14th May 2010 at 01:00
Secondary Pupils will be able to locate the country and discuss its human and animal populations after this adventure

What the lesson is about

These are the first three weeks of a six-week geography scheme about Brazil. The project features a range of adaptable supporting materials, including worksheets and PowerPoint presentations, and is aimed at key stage 3 pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The scheme of work includes information on social and environmental issues to encourage classroom discussion, as well as group and individual work. There are cross-curricular links to art, music and ICT.


- Pupils can use maps, atlases and globes to locate countries and continents.

- Pupils can identify the location of different places in the world.

- Pupils know that different animals are found in different habitats.

- Pupils can identify why certain animals live in certain habitats.

- Pupils understand that the rainforest is more than just a forest.

Getting started

Ask pupils to draw and colour a flag of Brazil. Using a world map, ask if anyone can find out which continent Brazil is on. What is the capital city? How big is it? What is its population? Does it have any major rivers? Does it have a coast line? What ocean does it touch?

Ask pupils to reproduce a map of Brazil. Get them to draw a dolphin on the Amazon river, tropical rainforests, a waterfall by Iguazu falls and a boat by the Atlantic Ocean.

Print the "Perceptions of Brazil" cards (available on The TES website link provided at the end) and ask pupils, in pairs, to sort them into true and false. Go through the cards and discuss the answers. Show the rainforest PowerPoint presentation.

Get pupils to design an imaginary animal or plant, writing details about where in the rainforest it lives, what it eats, how it moves and what its social group is like.

Then get each member of the group to come forward to answer questions from the class about their animal or plant. Ask the class to suggest anything that could improve the animalplant.

Taking it further

Play rainforest sounds and ask pupils to guess each one. Using the rainforest PowerPoint presentation, ask the children to think about the different levels of the rainforest. Why are there different levels? Why are some plants and animals found at some levels and not at others?

Draw a picture of the rainforest strata, including the different animals found at each level.

Ask pupils to stick drawings of rainforest animals to the correct strata on a picture of the rainforest. Ask the rest of the class if they have been put in the right places.

Where to find it

A copy of the six-week scheme of work, plus supporting materials, was originally uploaded by asadler79 and can be found at

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