Latin America Solidarity Centre

Activity 1: Deforestation in the Amazon


For students to think about and discuss deforestation and its results, as well as ways to avoid it.


Senior Cycle:

I. Basic Communicative Proficiency, 2, 3,

II. Language Awareness, 2

III. Cultural Awareness, 1, 3, 5


Articles with questions:

Article 1

Article 2


Focus in on the picture of deforestation from the introductory activity and to discuss the following questions.

  • ¿Qué está pasando aquí?
  • ¿Por qué está pasando?
  • ¿Para qué necesitamos la madera?

Tell the students you’re going to give them an article about the Amazon rainforest (Amazonas). Elicit from students what they know about the Amazon, where it is and why it is important (Think – Pair – Share).

Present the students with an article about deforestation in the Amazon.

Elicit answers to the accompanying questions. Students then discuss the following questions in pairs.

  • ¿Qué debemos hacer para evitar que pasa eso?
  • ¿Qué alternativas hay a la madera?
  • ¿Qué problemas hay con las alternativas?

As a concluding activity students read the article again and pick out three words they didn’t understand. They then talk with their partners about what those words mean. You then ask each pair to give you one word for you to explain in Spanish with gestures, mime, drawing etc. For homework they are asked to write one sentence with each other words you explained.


Invite students to find out about protected natural areas in Ireland and the threats they face, and think about ways we can work to try to keep them safe.