The aim of this kit is to help the students understand the structure of the tropical rainforest. They will read, use technology, color, cut, paste, and write to do so. Flipped learning and student centered learning are the core of this unit.
• An activity booklet for the students to respond to the different tasks. It is divided into five parts, one for each layer of the rainforest, in addition to an introduction part.
• Links for two videos on YouTube and a QR code for each one.
• A folder for each organism containing two things:
o A presentation which includes links to articles about it, a QR code for each link and real images for this organism. The names of some organisms can be written in different ways, you can change the way of writing any name as it is only written in the presentation.
o A B&W coloring sheet for this organism. It can be used to assemble a 140cm width by a 100 cm height bulletin board to show a scene of the amazon rainforest. The images are real size so you just need to print them out and they are ready to use.
• A presentation showing how to build the rainforest scene layer after layer using the black and white line drawings in each organism’s folder
• Watch the two videos and answer the questions in the introduction part of the students’ booklet.
• Scavengers hunt to respond about the different layers of the forest and the organisms that live in each.
• Assemble a bulletin board.
How to use this kit?
• Ask the students to watch the two videos either in class or at home using the link or the QR code ( the videos have been downloaded to make things easier so you can just play them directly from your computer in the class and lead a discussion)
• Do one of the following for the organisms’ scavenger hunt:
- Upload the presentations to different computer machines and ask the students to go through them one after the other. They have to examine the real images and read the articles that are linked to in order to respond on the booklet. There is a page for each organism in the booklet.
- Make a free website page where you can upload all of them and give the URL to your students. This website can help you getting a free website: http://bit.ly/1G8mf87
- Print out the presentations and make a booklet from each. Distribute them all around the room and ask the students to go through them doing the same thing. In this case they will use the QR code to reach the article using their own devices, or you can print out the articles as well.
- Instead of distributing them, you can hang each presentation on one side of one of the walls and ask the students to do the same.
• To assemble the bulletin board you need first to play the presentation that shows the structure of the rainforest layer after layer and the organisms that live in each, one after the other. Ask the students to cut the B&W pictures at their edges, color them, and assemble the pictures as in the presentation. You need to make the background first. Use construction paper to show the four layers. To do so, you need one piece for each layer the size of which is 140 cm wide and 25 cm high. If you do not have one big piece of paper then you can use more than one piece of the same color to make each layer. Choose four different colors one for each layer.
The big trees, the caiman, and the river are available as several pieces each on a separate page, and an illustration for assembly is available showing the order for sticking the pages together. They should be connected using tape on the back, and then the image should be cut around the borders.
The river images are available in a separate folder inside the forest floor one. The lower part of the river image (after assembly) can be used as a mark for positioning the river properly on the lower layer.