Rainforest - Habitat and Adaptations NGSS 3-LS4-3 and 3-LS4-4

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Students will learn all about the rainforest habitat in this engaging unit! Students will love learning about rainforest animals and plants and the adaptations they have to survive in the tropical rainforest habitat. The rainforest is an interesting and diverse habitat.

This resource includes:

  • a slide show
  • five pages of informational text reading passages
  • QR Code Research
  • comprehension questions
  • response pages
  • interactive notebook flaps
  • sorting activities
  • task cards
  • a layered book
  • answer keys

This resource is designed specifically to meet the NGSS standards for 3rd-grade Disciplinary Core Idea, Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

By watching a slideshow, reading about the rainforest, and completing some QR code research on rainforest animals and their adaptations. This engaging close read includes 5 pages of informational text on the tropical rainforest! These reading passages with comprehension questions are designed to get the student to look back into the text to answer the text-dependent questions.

3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive

less well, and some cannot survive at all.

3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

This resource also addresses Utah SEEd standards

Utah SEEd 3.2.5 Engage in argument from the evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Emphasize that organisms have adaptations that affect how well they survive in a specific environment.

Utah SEEd 3.2.6 Design a solution to a problem caused by a change in the environment that affects the types of plants and animals living there. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem and evaluate the solutions based on how well each meets the criteria and constraints of the problem. Examples of environmental changes could include changes in land use, water availability, temperature, food, and changes caused by other organisms.

This CLOSE Reading Science unit is also perfect for Earth Day or any other environmental reading for Grades 3-5.

I have mapped out a suggested timeline and believe it will take at least 8 days to complete all of this rainforest unit.

This close reading unit is also aligned with NGSS for 3rd grade. The reading passages are geared to 3rd-5th grade and the response pages are aligned with CCSS for reading informational text.

NGSS 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive

less well, and some cannot survive at all.

NGSS 3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

Science Concepts include:

Rainforest Layers

Rainforest Biome

Rainforest characteristics

Rainforest Stories:

Forest Floor

Understory

Canopy

Emergent Layer

Rainforest Habitat

Temperature

Precipitation

Predator and Prey

Camouflage

Photosynthesis

Seed Dispersal

Pollination

Adaptations of plants and animals

Structural and behavioral adaptations

Abiotic and biotic factors

Ecosystem

Changes in habitat

Habitat reduction

Species extinction

Deforestation

Supporting Claims With Evidence

Making Claims

This is a great CLOSE reading activity with a science theme and fun, meaningful activities. This resource is packed with great activities to fully teach the two NGSS standards. Students will learn about the rainforest stories or layers and all about the different organisms that live there.

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This is a very low prep unit.

By Lynda R. Williams

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See more about teaching on the rainforest habitat here.

For NGSS 3rd Grade

Next Generation Science Standards

Students love my reading comprehension passages and questions! Please look at my other science close reading units and activities:

Third Grade Close Read and Lab: Why do some animals live in groups? 3-LS2-1

Close Read Habitat and Adaptations With Interactive Notebook Flaps

Research Ecological Problem and Form Solution

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
NGSS3-LS4-3
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and habitats involved. The organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.

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