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The Rainforest. Katie Farlow, Whitney McManus, Rita Hill, Quiana Allen & Lauren McCarthy. Subject and Grade Level. This Unit will be used in a 4 th grade class. .

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the rainforest

The Rainforest

Katie Farlow, Whitney McManus, Rita Hill, Quiana Allen & Lauren McCarthy

subject and grade level
Subject and Grade Level

This Unit will be used in a 4th grade class.

It is an interdisciplinary unit on the Rainforest that primarily addresses the social sciences, science, music, art, and language arts curricula.

curriculum framing questions
Curriculum Framing Questions

Essential Question:Can we make a difference?

Unit Questions:

Why do we care about the Rainforest?

 Content Questions:

What is a Rainforest?

What are the layers of the Rainforest?

What types of Rainforests exist and where are they located?

What plants are found in the Rainforest?

How do plants affect the rain?

How do the plants grow?

What animals are found in the Rainforest?

What animals are located in each layer of the Rainforest?

How do animals and plants found in the Rainforest coexist?

Do people live in the Rainforest?

How many people live in the Rainforest?

What are the customs and culture of Rainforest inhabitants? 

What natural resources can be found in the Rainforest?

What kind of Rainforest products do we enjoy daily?

How can we enjoy products from the Rainforest without destroying it?

oregon state standards
Oregon State Standards

Create, Present, And Perform

  • Create, present and perform works of art.
  • AR.05.CP. 01 Use experiences, imagination observations, essential elements and organizational principles to achieve a desired effect when creating, presenting and/or performing works of art.
  • Apply the use of techniques and problem solving to the creative process and analyze the influence that choices have on the result.
  • AR.05.CP.02 Identify the creative process used, and the choices made, when combining ideas, techniques and problem solving to produce one’s work.
  • Express ideas, moods and feelings through the arts and evaluate how well a work of art expresses one’s intent.
  • AR.05.CP.03 Create, present and/or perform a work of art and explain how the use of essential elements and organizational principles shapes and idea, mood or feelings found in the work.
  • Evaluate one’s own work orally and in writing.
  • AR.05.CP.04 Critique one’s own work using self-selected criteria that reveal knowledge of the arts, orally and in writing.
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Oregon State Standards

Historical And Cultural Perspectives

  • Understand how events and conditions influence the arts.
  • AR.05.HC.01 Identify and describe the influence of events and/or conditions of works of art.
  • Distinguish works of art from different societies, time periods and cultures.
  • AR.05.HC.02 Identify and relate common and unique characteristics in works of art that reflect social, historical, and cultural contexts.
  • Understand how the arts can reflect the environment and personal experiences within a society or culture, and apply to one’s own work.
  • AR.05.HC.03 Describe how works of art from various historic periods reflect the artist’s environment, society and culture.
  • Understand the place of the arts within, and their influences on, society
  • AR.05.HC.04 Describe how the arts serve a variety of purposes and needs in other communities and cultures.
  • AR.05.HC.05 Describe how the arts have influences various communities and cultures.
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Oregon State Standards


  • Listen to and Read Literary Text: Listen to text and read text to make connections and respond to a wide variety of literature of varying complexity.
  • EL.04.LI.01 Listen to text and read text to make connections and respond to a wide variety of significant works of literature, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama, from a variety of cultures and time periods that enhance the study of other subjects.
  • EL.04.LI.02 Demonstrate listening comprehension of more complex literary text through class and/or small group interpretive discussions. 


  • Planning, Evaluation and Revision: Pre-write, draft, revise, edit, and publish across the subject areas.
  • EL.04.Wr.01 Use a variety of strategies to prepare for writing, such as brainstorming, making lists, mapping, outlining, grouping related ideas, using graphic organizers and taking notes.
  • EL.04.WR.04 Choose the form of writing that best suits the intended purpose—personal letter, letter to the editor, review, poem, or narrative.
  • Writing: Communicate supported ideas across the subject areas, including relevant examples, facts, anecdotes, and details appropriate to audience and purpose that engage reader interest; organize information in clear sequence, making connections and transitions among ideas, sentences, and paragraphs; and use precise words and fluent sentence structures that support meaning.
  • EL.04.WR.12 Use words that describe, explain, or provide additional details and connections.
  • EL.04.WR.14 Create interesting sentences using a variety of sentence patterns by selecting works that describe explain or provide additional detail and connections.
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Oregon State Standards

Speaking and Listening

  • Speaking: Communicate supported ideas across the subject areas using oral, visual, and multi-media forms in ways appropriate to topic, context, audience, and purpose; organize oral, visual, and multi-media presentations in clear sequence, making connections and transitions among ideas and elements; use language appropriate to topic, context, audience, and purpose; and demonstrate control of eye contact, speaking rate, volume, enunciation, gestures, and other non-verbal techniques.
  • EL.04.SL.02 Emphasize points in ways that help the listener or view to follow important ideas and concepts.
  • EL.04.SL.03 Use details, examples, anecdotes (stories of specific event), or experiences to clarify information.


  • Understand the spatial concepts of location, distance, direction, scale, movement, and region.
  • SS.05.GE.01.01 Know and use basic map elements to answer geographic questions or display geographic information.
  • Use maps and other geographic tools and techniques to acquire, process, and report, information from spatial perspective.
  • SS.05.GE.02.01 Use maps and charts to interpret geographic information
  • SS.05.GE.02.02 Use other visual representations to locate, identify, and distinguish physical and human features of places and regions.
learning objectives
Learning Objectives

The students will:

Be able to name different layers of the Rainforest.

Be able to identify the different plants and animals that live in the Rainforest.

Understand how the Rainforest ecosystem effects our planet.