Recording the Rainforest

Lesson plan with video, grades 9–12



Imagine waking up to the breathtakingly loud dawn chorus of stridulating insects, whooping gibbons, and squawking rhinoceros hornbills in the verdant rainforests of Borneo. What does sound tell us about the world’s wildest places? In this lesson, students will explore a compelling question: How can we use science and acoustic technology to care for the land and protect the plants and animals in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions?

A healthy ecosystem should be rich with sound—like a symphony! In this lesson, students learn more about the cutting-edge science behind acoustic surveys through an interactive Story Map. Students will also analyze real data to examine how sound can be used to assess landscape health and to prescribe land management techniques that support biodiversity, while balancing the need for resources. Lastly, students will learn how to design and conduct their own community soundscape survey.

Published February 2017