Lesson Plan: Rain Forest Rendezvous! G 3

Written By: Connie Lynn Moe
Grade Level: Grade Three

Time Allotment

Two – three weeks

Overview

This lesson will introduce students to the rain forest through a video clip, Rainforest Scientists. Students will learn about the four layers of the rain forest and identify several plant and animal species that live in the rain forest while viewing a video clip What is the Rainforest? These concepts will be reinforced with two interactive online activities called Rain Forest at Night and Life in the Strata. After viewing the video clip Rainforests, students will create meaningful discussion, and write a reaction statement. This video clip will help students learn community connections by exploring the effects of rain forest deforestation on plants, animals, and people who live in the rain forest. A cross-curricular activity includes a book review and reading The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. As a culminating activity, students will create an art project to help communicate some of the objectives they have learned.

Lesson Plan - Rain_Forest_Lesson.doc

Subject Matter

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Reading
  • Visual Arts
  • Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify the four layers of the rain forest. (Forest Floor, Understory Layer, Canopy Layer, and Emergent Layer)
  • Students will identify animal species that live on each rain forest layer.
  • Students will also learn about plant species in the rain forest.
  • Students will explore the effects of rain forest deforestation on plants, animals, and people who live in the rain forest.
  • Media Components - Video/Web

  • Video Clip: Rainforest Scientists
    http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?SearchText=What+is+the+Rainforest&PageSize=30&Page=2&ID=355982


  • Video Clip: What is the Rainforest? Learn360 (2:57 minutes)
    http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?SearchText=What+is+the+Rainforest&Page=5&ID=515647


  • Interactive Website: Virtual World Rain Forest at Night – National Geographic Earthpulse
    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/00/earthpulse/rainforest/index_flash¬feature.html


  • Interactive Website: Life in the Strata – Science Museum of Minnesota
    http://www.thinkingfountain.org/s/strata/strata.html


  • Video Clip: Rainforests Learn360 (5:49 minutes)
    http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?SearchText=Rainforests&PageSize=50&Page=1&ID=334617


  • Video Book Review: The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry
    http://www.learn360.com/Search.aspx?SearchText=TheGreatKapokTree


  • Compare and Contrast Venn Diagrams
    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Compare+and+contrast+venn+diagrams&qpvt=Compare+and+contrast+venn+diagrams&view=large&FORM=VBCIRL#y0y0


  • Artful Tools Protocol: Descriptive Review , Perpich Center for Arts Education - Artful Tools Handbook (pages 133-136)
    http://wwwpcae.k12.mn.us/pdr/artfulteach.html
  • Materials

  • Video Clips and Interactive Web Sites (listed above)
  • White board, Smart board, or Flip Chart to record responses
  • Writing utensil
  • Timer
  • Worksheet: Descriptive Review
  • Rainforest Scientists Worksheet: What is the Rain Forest? (Layers of the Rain Forest)
  • Worksheet: Rain Forest at Night (Description -Plants and Animals)
  • Worksheet: Rain Forest at Night (Deforestation and Its Effects)
  • Worksheet: Life in the Strata (Description of Animals) 2 pages
  • Worksheet: Descriptive Review - Rainforests Video Clip (Sample worksheets are provided under student materials)
  • Book: The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry
  • Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram (see internet site under media) Art Project
  • Construction paper two 12 x 18 sheets (background of project)
  • Construction paper 9 x 12 - various colors
  • Animal design paper (if available) to make rain forest animals
  • White tag board (precut) to make labels for rain forest layers
  • Glue, Scissors, Markers, etc
  • Rubric for Teacher’s Evaluation Tool, Student’s Self Evaluation Checklist, Student Assessment


  • STUDENT MATERIALS FOR ALL LESSONS:
  • Worksheet: Descriptive Review -Rainforest Scientists
  • Worksheet: What is in the Rain Forest? (Layers of the Rain Forest)
  • Worksheet: Rain Forest at Night (Description -Plants and Animals)
  • Worksheet: Rain Forest at Night (Deforestation and Its Effects)
  • Worksheet: Life in the Strata (Description of Animals) 2 pages
  • Worksheet: Descriptive Review -Rainforests Video Clip
  • Paper and pencil -Reflection Statement
  • Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram
  • Art project materials (listed above)
  • Self Evaluation Checklist for Students (Art Project)
  • Student Evaluation 12 Rubric -Teacher’s Evaluation Tool
  • Teacher Preparation

    1. Locate and read The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry. Think of discussion questions that may be used.
    2. Preview video clips: Rainforest Scientist, What is the Rain Forest?, Rainforests, Book Review: The Great Kapok Tree
    3. Review Artful Tools Protocol: Descriptive Review - Perpich Center for Arts Education - Artful Tools handbook (pages 133-136)
      • http://wwwpcae.k12.mn.us/pdr/artfulteach.html
      • Locate a timer, flip chart (can use white board or Smart board), and writing utensil
      • Preview Interactive Website Lessons: Life in the Strata, Rain Forest at Night
      • Check out the computer lab for the interactive lessons for multi[le class periods
      • Duplicate worksheets: Listed at end of lesson plan
      • Descriptive Review
      • Rainforest Scientists
      • What is the Rain Forest? (Layers of the Rain Forest)
      • Rain Forest at Night (Description -Plants and Animals)
      • Rain Forest at Night (Deforestation and Its Effects)
      • Life in the Strata (Description of Animals) 2 pages
      • Rainforests Video Clip
    4. Duplicate Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram (see website listed)
    5. Duplicate Evaluation Rubric for teachers
    6. Duplicate Evaluation Checklist for students
    7. Duplicate Student Assessment
    8. Gather materials for Layers of the Rain Forest art project

    Introductory Activities

    This activity will introduce students to the sights and sounds of the rain forest. After viewing the video clip Rainforest Scientists, students will use the Descriptive Review Artful Tools Protocol to discuss sights, sounds, develop questions, and speculate new insights and thoughts about the rain forest.

    MATERIALS:
  • Video clip: Rainforest Scientists White board, Smart board, or Flip Chart to record responses
  • Writing utensil
  • Timer
  • Worksheet -Descriptive Review: Rainforest Scientists (listed under student materials)


  • STEPS FOR THE INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITY
    1. Set the stage for students to watch the movie “What is a Rain Forest?” “We are going to watch a movie about a rainforest in the Amazon. Our major focus will be on the types of plants and animals that live in this rain forest. While watching the movie think about words that describe what you see and what you hear. Also think about questions that come to mind while watching the rain forest movie. Be ready to share what you have learned about the rain forest.”
    2. Hand out worksheet -Descriptive Review: What is a Rain Forest? Students will receive time to record their thoughts after the movie, but some students may want to take notes during the movie while ideas and questions are fresh in their mind.
    3. Show the movie “What is a Rain Forest?”
    4. The teacher can be the note-taker or 1-2 students can be assigned this job. One student is also needed to be the time-keeper. Time limits may be shortened for younger students.
    5. Facilitator questions: After asking each question, give students a few minutes to record their responses on the worksheet before sharing. This can be done in small groups if you prefer.
    QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
    1. What did you see or hear? (10 minutes) (Responses are without judgment, labeling, exaggeration or interpretation)
    2. What questions came to your mind while watching this movie? (10 minutes) (Questions can be clarifying questions or more probing questions)
    3. Speculate. What was the movie trying to teach us? (10 minutes)
    4. Discuss. What are some new insights we have come up with after listening to everyone’s responses? Was this questioning process effective? (5 minutes)

    Learning Activities

    MATERIALS:
    1. “What is the Rain Forest?” Worksheet
    2. Video Clip -“What is the Rain Forest?”
    3. Online activities -“Life in the Strata” “Rain Forest at Night”
    4. Worksheet -“Life in the Strata”
    5. Worksheet -“Rain Forest at Night”


    LEARNING ACTIVITIES:
    1. Hand out “What is the Rain Forest?” worksheet. While watching the movie “What is the Rain Forest?” students are to name the four layers of the rain forest and identify animals that live on each layer. Students may also record different types of plants. The movie can be stopped at important intervals to give students time to complete information on the worksheet. After the video a discussion will be led to summarize information learned.
    2. Within the next few days concepts learned from the movie, “What is the Rain Forest?“ will be reinforced with two interactive online activities called “Life in the Strata” and “Rain Forest at Night.” These activities can be done in a computer lab or on a Smart board. Ask students to record information about rain forest animals and plants using the “Life in the Strata” and “Rain Forests at Night” worksheets. Give students a chance to share information learned after completing the activity. Depending on time constraints, teachers may want to assign students or groups of students a certain number of animals or plants to research and students can share information learned. More than one class period will be needed in the computer lab to complete these interactive sites.

    Culminating Activity

    MATERIALS:
    1. Art Project Materials -Construction paper 12 x 18 -(Tape two 12 x 18 pieces of paper together for larger projects)
    2. Construction paper 9 x 12 -various colors
    3. Animal design paper (if available) to make rain forest animals
    4. Wiggle eyes for rain forest animals
    5. White tag board (precut) to make labels for rain forest layers, plants, and animals (For smaller children names can be typed on computer labels and cut)
    6. Glue, Scissors, Markers, etc.
    7. Reflection Statement
    8. Self Evaluation Checklist
    9. Student Evaluation


    CULMINATING ACTIVITY:
    1. Students will wrap up the rainforest unit with an art project creating an individual poster of a rainforest. Hand out evaluation checklists for students to follow. Rain forest layers must be correctly identified with an appropriate number of animals in each rain forest strata or layer. At least two animals must be created and labeled for each rain forest layer. Students must also create and label two plants (other than trees). Students need to put an appropriate title on their artwork. After art projects are completed, students may share their work along with their Reflection Statement (Community Connections).
    2. Students will complete the Student Evaluation.

    Cross-Curricular Activity

    Listed under community connections: Book Review Video clip: The Great Kapok Tree Book: The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

    Community Connections

    1. Before viewing the “Rainforests” video clip, take time to review the Artful Tools facilitator questions to help prepare students for discussion afterwards. (Questions are listed below) Students will explore the effects of rain forest deforestation on plants, animals, and people who live in the rain forest by watching a video clip and using the Artful Tools Protocol for discussion. A time-keeper and 1-2 recorders may be assigned for discussion. The teacher can also be the recorder. Some facilitator questions may include: “What did you notice in the movie? What does it remind you of? How do you feel? After watching this movie, what questions do you have? Speculate. What does this movie help you understand? Are any of your questions unanswered?” Review some of the recorded responses. Have students reflect on these responses to gain deeper understanding. Students may use the “Descriptive Review -Rainforests” worksheet to record answers.
    2. Ask students to write a Reflection Statement about the Rain Forest. (2-4 sentences.) These can be typed by the students and displayed with the individual rain forest murals.
    3. Watch the book review video clip of “The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest” to create an interest in the book. Read The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry to the students. In discussion use a Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram to compare The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest to the video clip “Rain Forests.”


    MATERIALS:
    1. Video Clip: Rainforests (5:49 minutes)
    2. Descriptive Review -Rainforests worksheet
    3. Smart board, white board, or flip chart for recording
    4. Writing utensil
    5. Paper (Reflection Statement)
    6. Pencils
    7. Book Review Video Clip -The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
    8. Book -The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
    9. Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram