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Literature Focus Unit: Reaching the Rainforest through Reading. Unit Goals: I. Students will describe rainforest ecosystem and biome. II. Students will be able to locate Rainforests on a map. III. Students will explain the importance of Rainforest preservation. . Great Rainforest Reads.

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Literature Focus Unit:

Reaching the

Rainforest through Reading


Unit Goals:

I. Students will describe rainforest ecosystem and biome.

II. Students will be able to locate Rainforests on a map.

III. Students will explain the importance of Rainforest preservation.



Explore the rainforest with colorful pictures and beautiful rains as the story of a tiny seed grows into a wealth of knowledge and facts about the rain forest.

Click the book to view online trailer from youtube.com


Learn about the many animals that live in the rain forest and depend on the Kapok tree for shelter and food.


Move to the rhythm of the rainforest with this poetic book that introduces students to many different animals that live in the rainforest.


F that introduces students to many different animals that live in the rainforest. ollow the adventure of a young boy in his attempt to save the rainforest after visiting and seeing all the wonderful wildlife that lives there.


V that introduces students to many different animals that live in the rainforest. isit the rainforest as it rains and learn fun facts as they make their way down through the canopy.


Discover the different habitats of animals around the world and see how the rainforest is similar or different to other habitats.


Wonderful Websites and see how the rainforest is similar or different to other habitats.


Rain Forest Facts: and see how the rainforest is similar or different to other habitats.

http://kids.mongabay.com/

http://www.pbs.org/journeyintoamazonia/

http://www.kidskonnect.com/subject- index/15-science/96-rainforest.html

http://www.srl.caltech.edu/personnel/kru bal/rainforest/Edit560s6/www/where.html


Rain Forest Resources for Teachers: and see how the rainforest is similar or different to other habitats.

http://www.pbs.org/journeyintoamazonia/

http://www.kathimitchell.com/rainfor.html


Rain Forest Web Tours and Videos: and see how the rainforest is similar or different to other habitats.

http://www.field-trips.org/tours/sci/ rainforest/_tourlaunch1.htm

https://www.msu.edu/user/urquhart/tour/

http://www.hulu.com/watch/63303/tropic al-rainforest


Fun Activities: and see how the rainforest is similar or different to other habitats.

I. Color and label all the rainforests on the map.

(http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/rainforest/Mapbw.shtml)


II. Create a Rain Forest Scavenger Hunt by having students find facts about the rainforest during their web tours and research. Use the Picture books for the search too!

~ How much rain falls in the rainforest each year?

~ How many different rainforest are there?

~ Where are the rain forest located?

~ Name five animals that live in

the rainforest.

~ What types of plants grow in

the rainforest?


III. Use a puppet during the unit that children can take home. When they take the puppet home have them write a journal entry about something they have learned about the rainforest then compile all the students entries into one book.


IV. Plan a field trip. If possible have the kids take a trip to the local zoo. If this is beyond reach have the children decorate the classroom with pictures and facts about the rainforest and have other classes visit as the students present information about what they have learned to other students.


Remember to have fun during any unit and use the literature as a guide and inspiration for activities.


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