Exploring Tropical Rainforests

One 45 minute session

Materials:

  • world map
  • globe
  • atlases
  • NatureScope Rain Forests: Tropical Treasures
  • pictures of tropical forests, plants, and animals
  • The Journey of the Red-eyed Tree Frog
  • think pads

Objectives:

  • Describe what conditions are like in tropical rain forests
  • Identify some plants and animals that live there.

Procedure:

  1. Introduce students to tropical forests through a read-aloud of Journey of the Red-eyed Tree Frog
  2. Students will think and write what they think they know about tropical forests.
  3. Student teams will share ideas and create a group list of "known information."
  4. Whole class share, recording class list.
  5. Students will think and write what they remember about BCI in Panama, from previous involvement in Rainforest Connection.
  6. Student teams will share ideas and create a group list.
  7. Whole class share, recording class list.
  8. Whole class discussion - share tropical rain forest pictures with students. Students will predict conditions in tropical rain forests (rainfall, temperature, humidity). Compare these conditions with temperate forests.
  9. Heads together - Using world map, atlases, and overhead transparency students will locate where tropical rain forests grow.
  10. Student teams will generate list of questions they have about tropical forests - what they'd like to know.
  11. Student teams - read article from NatureScope, "An Overview." (Reading strategy - each person reads one section of article, taking notes, to report to the rest of the team.)
  12. Team sharing of information. Student teams will review and revise list of what they think they know and add to list of questions.
  13. Whole class share. Create class list of questions.
  14. Whole class review of essential questions and the criteria for writing them.
  15. Homework - review class list of questions about tropical rain forests and star any questions that could become essential questions.

NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards: Science 5.6, 5.7, 5.12; Language Arts 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4.