The Rainforest Connection

One 60 minute session



  • Generate ideas
  • Formulate reasonable questions and communicate ideas effectively.


  1. Students will think and write about areas of interest they'd like to pursue through the Rainforest Connection with Dr. Willis. Student teams will share ideas and compile team list.
  2. Whole class share, recording list.
  3. Student teams will select one area of interest upon which to focus for first e-mail message to Panama. Teams will then review previous messages to learn what has already been written about that topic.
  4. Teams will generate a list of questions related to the topic to possibly include in message.
  5. Class discussion - Teams will Reflective Share list of questions and receive feedback from classmates.
  6. Student teams will write first e-mail message to Dr. Willis (three paragraphs: intro, body, and conclusion). Teams will share messages with classmates.
  7. Debrief - discuss process of preparing for first communication.
  8. The recorder from each team will type messages on computer.
  9. Repeat steps 4 - 8 once a week throughout The Rainforest Connection, while also responding to messages received throughout the program.

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