Project Based Learning: Discovery in the Rainforest!
This project based learning (PBL) activity joins together Science, Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Technology.
This project integrates elements of science, math, ELA, social studies, ELA, and technology into a student-made product. It will combine student imagination, creativity, and problem solving skills as they travel through a rainforest.
There are 15 activities (1 page for each) for students to complete. Each page involves a problem or idea they must solve, recreate, or answer. Pages can vary from writing, math, map skills, real-world application, and problem solving.
As students work through each page of the project, they will make their own decisions and choose the outcomes. By the end, all students will have completed the project, but each version will be based on user imagination, creativity, and knowledge base.
All pages can be geared towards multiple grade levels, although for some younger students the teacher may need to give more explicit instructions.
Students may choose to use textbooks, maps, computers, the Internet, and more to complete each page. They might even choose to work with a partner, but ultimately the choice is yours (as the teacher).
There are 18 printable pages.
Hand them out one at a time or staple them all together at once. Choose whichever way works best in your classroom.
Informational page where students are asked to travel to a rainforest.
-Pack your bags: Writing
Students pick 8 items they will need on their trip (and tell why).
-What do you know: Science, Critical Thinking
A page to activate prior knowledge about jungles/rainforests.
-A Rainforest World: Social Studies, Map Skills
Students identify where rainforests are located on a world map.
-Jungle Supplies: Math
Students have a budget to buy supplies for their trip.
-Animal App: Technology
Students create an app based on rainforest animal they’re interested in.
-Animal inventory: Math
Students choose a total of 50 animals they saw in the jungle. This information will be used in later activities.
-Animal inventory, p2: Math, Science (classification)
Students sort and organize animals from the animal inventory.
-Layers of the Forest: Science
Students will draw animals into the illustrated layers of the rainforest.
-Journal Entries: ELA, Creative Writing
Four short writing prompts on issues students will encounter during their travels in the rainforest.
-Insect inquiry: Science, Creativity
Students have discovered a new bug! Draw, describe, give details about their discovery.
-Magazine Media: Art, Design
Students create a magazine cover about the rainforest.
Forestagram: Technology, Social Media
Just like Instagram, except they are in the forest, student will show what they’ve seen on their trip.
-The Adaptation Chain: Science
Students will pick an animal and look at it in the food chain and how adaptations play a role in life and survival.
-Mapping the Rainforest: Social Studies
Students create a map of the journey they traveled.
-The Forest Before Us: Critical Thinking, Science
Page filled with rainforest facts that students will use to create a letter, brochure, infographic, or rainforest tour.
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