NS.K4.3 LIFE SCIENCE
NS.K4.6 PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVENLENG.K12.1 READING FOR PERSPECTIVE
NLENG.K12.7 EVALUATING DATA
Crayons, marker, scissors, colored paper The Kapok Tree
Computers Look Inside the Rainforest
Student journals Variety of books about the Rainforest
Students will be able to research information on the computer.
Students will be able to compile information by taking notes.
Students will be able to use information to create a rainforest in the
Given the use of computers and websites, students will research a
designated topic of the rainforest, giving at least ten details about their
After sharing details of the research with their group, students will design
an outline for creating a rainforest in the classroom.
Given materials, students will gather with their groups and create the
rainforest in the classroom.
Before reading, Inside the Rainforest (Poke and Look Learning Books), ask the
children to close their eyes and imagine. . . They are walking through a
rainforest. What do they see, hear, feel, smell? As they take their imaginary trip
through the rainforest, have them take turns drawing what they imagine on a
chart. After they have had a chance to draw various parts of the rainforest, take
time to look and discuss their picture. Now read the story, Inside the
Rainforest, which is a colorful book about the plants and animals of the
rainforest. The students would have been exposed to many books at this point ,
that explain the rainforest. The librarian could be asked to focus on these books
during library time also.
Development of Lesson
Increase interest by discussing the book and adding more to their picture on the
chart. Explain that they will be learning about the wonders of the rainforest as
the days pass. In order to appreciate the rainforest, the students will create a
rainforest in the classroom. They will be surrounded by this atmosphere which
will make learning more realistic. They will be divided into groups of four. Each
group will be given a part of the rainforest to research on the computer. The
groups will be: Emergent layer, canopy, understory and floor layers of the
rainforest, Animals and Plants. The duration of this lesson may be a few days to
a week, depending on the in depth study and level of the students.
As each group researches on the computer, students will be taking notes and
making drawings. Each group will submit a sketch of their section of the
rainforest to create. The teacher will assist students in offering advice.
The students will then be directed to a “center” where they will find materials for
their creations. Parents or assistants can be asked to supervise in each center
to assist students with organization and productivity. The teacher will have to
designate where each group will place their creations to make the rainforest.
Students will gather together to review what was accomplished today. The
purpose for this activity will be reviewed to keep students on target. The
students will continue with their project for the next few days until the room is
transformed in a rainforest. Review reasons why the rainforest is important to us.
Why is it important to protect the rainforest? Close the lesson by reading the
book, The Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry.
Students will be evaluated by a rubric which will contain the following:
1. Cooperation with the group
2. Good use of computer
3. Good note taking skills
4. Good use of time on task with their creations