Pupils should be taught to ask questions that can be answered scientifically and decide how to find answers; they should learn how plants and animals in two habitats are suited to their environments; and use food chains to show feeding relationships. Ask them to compare a local habitat with one from The Future is Wild; to look at the adaptations of animals and plants to where they live; their place in the food chain; the role of green plants as producers of food; and the ways that the habitat has changed and is changing.
Students should learn that habitats support a diversity of interdependent plants and animals; about food webs composed of several food chains, and how food chains can be quantified using pyramids of numbers. Tell them that:
* The Future is Wild is predictive; it foretells one possible future.
* It assumes humans are extinct - not implausible; there have been past mass extinctions.
* It is not "science fiction". It is a work of informed imagination.
* It does not break the laws of science.
* Scientists first extrapolated current geographical trends, then likely future climates, and finally the effects on plant and animal life.
* It is only one possible future; there are many others.
Use the website or DVDs to look at one habitat; eg watch the sequence that features creatures in five million years' time, including the fire-resistant rattleback, the intelligent Babookari monkeys and the predatory carakiller birds. Ask students to discuss and predict what might happen if:
* a change in the river conditions wipes out all the fish;
* a bushfire drives away all the Babookari;
* rattlebacks learn how to raid the Babookari fish traps;
* a new predator arrives that can hunt and kill Carakillers.