Tropical Rain Forests

 

 

Objectives:

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.

 

Materials:

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.

 

 Assessment:

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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