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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST A lesson created for a second grade classroom.

ED 417-01 Dr. Helms

By: Amanda Ayers, Danielle Baumgardner,

Amy Bradley, Cyrena Harris,

and Wendy Stephens


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST

Grade Level: Second

Objectives:

The second grade student will:

1. Describe the different layers of a rainforest.

2. Locate at least 2 different rainforests on a world map.

3. Name and Identify at least 3 different animals that live in the rainforest.


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST

Grade Level: Second

Objectives:

The second grade student will:

4. Learn about and discuss the different type of people living in the rainforest.

5. Write a letter to their local representative about why they think the destruction of the rainforest should stop.


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST

Web Sites:

http://www.kiddyhouse.com/rainforest

http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/rainforest_support.htm

http://www.toucansam.kelloggs.ca/eng/enter.htm

http://asterix.ednet.lsu.edu/~edtech/rainfor/

http://www.rainforestweb.org/Rainforest_Information/Sites_for_Kids/

http://www.eduweb.com/amazon.html

http://www.ran.org/kids_action/


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST

Student Activities


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST

  • Required Materials:

  • 9” x 12” sheets of white construction paper (2 per student)

  • Animal mask pictures on cardstock

  • Crayons

  • Scissors

  • Hole Punch

  • Yarn

  • Writing Paper

  • Writing Utensil


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST: Introduction

Student Activity #1:

Using two 9” by 12” sheets of white construction paper, students will create rainforest booklets identifying the layers of life found in the rainforest. Students will add illustrations and facts relating to the specific layers.


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST: Location

Student Activity #2:

Each student will be given a map of the world. They

will have to color the parts of the world green where

Rainforests are present.The students will also be

responsible for labeling the correct rainforest on the

map.This activity will be given Following direct

instruction on this topic.


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST: The Animals

Student Activity #3:

Each student will be given an animal mask printed on cardstock. The students will color the masks and then cut them out. When masks are cut out, the teacher will make a hole, using a hole punch, on each side of the mask. Students will then tie a piece of yarn to each side. Students will then tie the two strings together to form a mask.


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST: The People

Student Activity #4:

Students will write a story as if they lived in the rainforest. They will indicate what kinds of animals they see, what kind of food they eat, what their house looks like, and what they wear. Students will also describe the kind of work that they do.


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An Invitation to Visit:THE RAINFOREST: Destruction

Student Activity #5:

  • Students will write a letter to a local representative about the rainforest. They will include certain information like:

    • Why they think the rainforest is important, and

    • Why it is important to stop the destruction of rainforest.


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What is a Rainforest?


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What is a Rainforest?

  • A Rainforest is a forest of tall trees in a region of year-round warmth and plentiful rain.

  • The temperature in a Rainforest stays about the same all year.

  • Rainforests are the wettest areas of land in the world, some get 32 feet of rain in one year!

  • Rainforests are found near the equator and cover approximately 7% of the Earth’s surface.

  • There are two types of Rainforests: Tropical and Temperate.


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What is a Rainforest?

  • Rainforests have four layers of life.

    * emergent trees- small number of trees that grow taller than the canopy

    * canopy- top layer

    * understory- middle

    * forest floor- bottom

  • All parts of the Rainforest work together to make sure that the Rainforest thrives.

  • Rainforests house more that half of the world’s species of plants and animals.


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Where are the Rainforests?


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They are all over the world!


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There are five Rainforests in the world!

  • Amazon Rainforest

  • African Rainforest

  • Australian Rainforests

  • Central American Rainforests

  • Southern Asian Rainforests


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African Rainforest

  • The African Rainforest

  • is the World’s second

  • largest Rainforest!


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Southern Asia

  • The Southern Asia

  • Rainforest is home

  • to the world’s

  • largest Mangrove

  • forest!


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Australia

  • This rainforest lies in

    the path of a constant

    wet wind that blows

    from the Pacific

    Ocean.A main

    attraction to this

    rainforest is commercial

    tours.


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Central America

  • The Central American Rainforest is home to thousands of tropical birds, especially parrots!


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Amazon Rainforest

  • The Amazon jungle is the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

  • It is home to more than 1/5 of the world’s plants and birds and 1/10 of all mammal species.


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Who lives in a Rainforest?


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ANIMALS

PIRANHA

SALT WATER CROCODILE

ANACONDA

BLUE JEANS FROG

VAMPIRE BAT


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MORE ANIMALS

TOUCAN

DART FROG

QUETZAL

VINE SNAKE

SPIDER MONKEY


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ENDANGERED ANIMALS

JAGUAR

AFRICAN ELEPHANT

PROBISCIS MONKEY

BLACK RHINO

RUFFED LEMUR

GREVY’S ZEBRA


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People in the Rainforest

  • Indians live in the rainforest.

  • Indian tribes in the rainforest include the Pygmies and the Yanomamo, among many others.

  • Indigenous people are groups of people who live in the tropical rainforest.

  • Indigenous people get their food, clothing, and housing from the materials of the forest.


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People in the Rainforest: The Food They Eat

  • They are hunters and gatherers.

  • They grow fruits and vegetables.

  • They hunt wild pig, tapir, deer, alligator, sloth, and monkey.


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People in the Rainforest: The Clothes They Wear

  • Men and boys wear loin cloths.

  • Women and girls wear wrap around skirts.


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People in the Rainforest: The Houses They Live In

  • Their houses have one room and no walls.


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People in the Rainforest: The Work They Do

Girls:* Baby-sit, cook, fetch waterBoys:* Hunt, fish, farm, weave baskets* They spend a lot of time in the jungle learning and training to be hunters.* They learn to provide for their family and the village.


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Destruction of the Rainforest: The Rate

  • The Rainforests once covered more than 14% of the earth, they now cover less than 6%.

  • Trees in the rainforest are cut down at a rate of 2 football fields per second.

  • Most damage to the Rainforest is permanent.


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Destruction of the Rainforest: The Causes

  • 3 major causes

    • Ranching

    • Logging

    • Farming

  • Techniques

    • Bulldozing

    • Burning

    • Cutting


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Destruction of the Rainforest: The Effects

  • Major climate and other environmental changes

  • Extinction of animals

  • Landslides and rock falls

  • More carbon dioxide released cause the green house effect


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