Idea for Use in the Classroom

The Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) is a tree in South America that can grow up to 38 meters (125 feet) tall. The lumber, which is reddish- or purplish-brown in color, is often harvested for the construction of musical instruments and furniture.

Have students examine the infographic and identify the native environment of the tree. Then have students describe how the trees are legally harvested. Ask: Why do you think the infographic emphasizes legal harvesting? Have students summarize the six-step process that transforms tree to product and explain which step most likely requires the greatest amount of time. Have students make connections to other products that go through a similar process. Ask: What types of products can these trees be turned into? Have students discuss the products this wood is used for and what they can conclude about Brazilian rosewood overall based on the way its wood is used commercially. Finally, ask students to explain some of the problems that can occur with rosewood and other hardwood harvesting. Ask: What global impacts can result from this harvesting? 

After the discussion, have students create a brochure that could be used in a furniture or music store depicting a product made from Brazilian rosewood. In the brochure, have students describe the product and include information about the Brazilian rosewood, the benefits of using it for crafting the product, and how the product was made.



having to do with the buying and selling of goods and services.


the strong, dense wood, of flowering trees.


endangered species of tree native to the rain forests of South America.

selective harvesting

forestry practice of cutting some of the trees in an area of land, while allowing others to grow. Also called selection cutting.


wood in an unfinished form, either trees or logs.