What kinds of things would you expect to see in a panoramic view of the Amazon rainforest?
How could a camera mounted to a zip line give viewers a unique view of the Amazon rainforest? What could that view teach people about the jungle that they couldn't appreciate from down below?
What do you think would be the biggest challenges for people trying to film high-quality panoramic views in the Amazon rainforest? What could they do to overcome those challenges?
According to the article, Google's Street View cameras have been on a zip line in the Amazon, gone scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands and traveled on a dog sled in the Canadian Arctic. What do you think is the ultimate purpose of these journeys? Why? And, do you think it will work?
- As a class, in small groups or with a partner, have students explore Google's Street View site about the Amazon rainforest. Instruct students to select one of the featured tours to take a trip through that part of the jungle.
- As students explore the image, instruct them to take detailed and descriptive notes about what they see. Remind students that this is a 360-degree image. They can zoom in and rotate in all directions to get a different perspective.
- Based on what they've seen, tell students to imagine that they were actually at this site. Instruct them to use their notes to write a first-person narrative about their adventure. Challenge them to include details about what they saw, heard and how they felt as they made their way through the Amazon. If necessary, review how to write in first person.
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Read this Smithsonian article to learn about a collaboration between Smithsonian researchers and the Emberá people of Panama that aims to rewrite a fraught narrative.
The Amazon rainforest is known for its diverse array of plants and animals. But people live there, too. Read this Smithsonian article to learn about the isolated groups of people who live deep in the South American rainforest.
Artist Andy Thomas helps people experience nature in a new way. Watch the video in this Smithsonian article to see how he translated the soundscape of the rainforest into visual form.
Rainforests cover just six percent of Earth’s surface yet contain almost half of the world’s plants and animals. Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to follow scientists as they explore how life thrives in one of the most complex habitats on Earth.
Learn all about rainforests from this site, courtesy of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The site explores diversity and survival, rainforest layers and examines rainforest life from different points of view.
Invite students to visit this site to take a tour through the National Zoological Park’s Amazonia exhibit. The site includes animal cams, an audio tour of the Amazonia exhibit and animal fact sheets.