Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Rainforest Adventure for the Primary Child

One of my favorite habitats to explore with students is the rainforest.
There are so many opportunities for extending the study of nature.
Children are excited and engaged.
There are three main topics in this packet.
The first is learning about the rainforest.
Where are they located?
What are the characteristics?
What do they provide?
Who lives there?
There is a mini book filled with informational text, a graphic organizer and a game for recall.
The word search builds vocabulary.
Next the packet looks at life in the rainforest.
Who lives there?
Where in the rainforest do they live?
This section takes a good look at words that describe life in the rainforest: nocturnal, herbivore, amphibian and more.
It also provides opportunity for students to report on one of their favorite animals.

Finally there is a section on the layers of the rainforest.
What are they called?
Which wildlife might you find in each layer?
There is a label page, graphic organizer for recording facts and a let's make words from understory.
I also love...If you lived in the rainforest what would you be, where would you live, what would you need?

The suggested literature is informative and in a realistic fiction style.

The Umbrella by Jan Brett
Followed by:
Story Elements, Summarizing, Sequencing, and Cause and Effect.

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry
Recall, Author's Purpose, Definition

Over in the Jungle
This sing song rhyme book is delightful and patterned after Over in the Meadow.

There is a section on  Rainforest Riddles.
Students read and identify some and then write their own.
Then there is the second game for partners to play.
Encourage them to use the text to answer the questions.

As extras there are two songs for the class to sing and a Syllable Practice.
It also includes a cover for a class book with differentiated writing pages.

And look at these cuties!!  So much fun to decorate your classroom.


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