Working on forest themes is a means of organizing information and working together in the Learning About Forests project. A theme can provide some common ground and a focus or framework for Learning About Forests projects in different countries.
Working with the themes should cover all aspects of a forest including ecological, economic and socio-cultural aspects.
The themes will change periodically. See our previous themes to the right: Forest Myths, Forest Laws & Codes and bio energy from forests.
Schools do not have to work on the current theme. You can also choose from past themes from the list of themes.
Products benefits and services from the forest
LEAF theme 2013-2014
Forests are crucial to people everywhere in the world. In fact it is pure magic. Sun, air, water and some nutrients are all that is needed, and then chlorophyll and the photosynthesis do the rest. The trees grow and the forests provide for a range of resources we depend on. It would be impossible to get through a day without using something that derives from forest. It could be firewood, newspaper, furniture, medicines or food. These are all products we can directly relate to forests, but they also cater for less obvious benefits and services.
To learn more about the products and benefits from forests, we have developed some teaching material. It consists of a fact booklet, and two booklets with activities.
We are also pleased to offer "The story of paper, trees and printing", developed by Malene Bendix and Eva Wulff from Forests in School in Denmark.
Call me! No paper - No love
Wood - nature's stroke of genius
Thank You, Wood
Young Europeans - paper is key
Forests and climate
- LEAF theme 2011-2012
Forests are by far the greatest CO2 cleanser we have on Earth. With help from the photosynthesis trees store the CO2 it uses to grow. This makes the forests to a great carbon storage. We can continue to store the CO2 by using wood for construction or building material rather than e.g. plastic or concrete. It is important to replant the forest and to avoid deforestation. There might be several ways to attack such a theme. What should be important is to focus on forests as carbon storage and the importance of reforestation. We recommend you to promote school projects that have a goal to investigate local conditions and make activities connecting to the use of wood as energy source, carbon storage, building material and also focus on reforestation.
Teaching material for downloading:
Forest and climate: Worksheet forest and climate change
Forest and climate: Work booklet The climate machine.
Biodiversity: Facts What is biodiversity
Biodiversity: Worksheet habitat mapping
Biodiversity: Worksheet web of life
Biodiversity: Worksheet earthwalk
Biodiversity: Worksheet minibeasts
For more teaching material please have a look at the teacher course which you can access further down on this page.
For more information, please visit these pages:
the following multimedia is collected with permission from the Forestry Commissionas:
Teacher course - Forest and climate change
Available now is a teacher’s course about forest and climate free of use. The course aims to support teachers in understanding the most important issues concerning this subject.
Provided are facts, videos, quizzes for self-assessment and suggestions for teaching material.
To enter the course you must first register to create an account. This will give you free access to all the material. Make sure the language is set to english in the top right menu.
The course and the theme materials is prepared as a part of a Nordic-Baltic cooperation with support by: