Tropical Rain Forests




1. Students will gain an understanding of the different types of plants and animals that can be found in the Tropical Rain Forest by participating in a class discussion, reading a story, and completing the Canopy picture match with poems.

2. Students will be able to show where the tropical rain forests are by finding them on a world map.



1. The book Verdi by Janell Cannon

2. Copies of the canopy picture and poems.

3. Large Classroom World Map or globe.

4. Crayons


Instructional Methods:

1. What plants and animals do you use from the rain forest?

  • Make a list on the board they may include fruits, medicines, paper, and animals.
  • 50 % of all plant and animal species in the world are found in the rain forest.
  • Rosy periwinkle produces chemicals to fight leukemia.

2. Layers of the forest

  • Emergent
  • Trees are 150-250 feet tall; one tree every acre.
  • Canopy
  • Trees are 65-100 feet tall; most of the animal life lives here.
  • Understory
  • Trees are 15-20 feet tall; some of these trees grow up to be part of the canopy.
  • Forest floor
  • 70% humidity and the temperature stays constant all year


3. Read the story to the class and discuss the pictures.

4. Canopy picture match with poems

  • Give each a copy of the picture
  • Explain that each poem describes one of the animals.
  • Have them match the poems and the animals.
  • Have them color the picture.



1. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of animals and plants found in the rain forest by successfully completing the canopy picture match. As well as through observation and participation.


*Resources adapted by Emily England and Jodi Ott


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