Build a rainforest--right in your own classroom--using butcher paper, construction paper, cutouts (included), and silk plants. Step-by-step directions show you, your students, or a classroom volunteer, how to turn a corner of your room into a mysterious and fascinating wonder of nature.
You will need to purchase silk plants from a dollar store to get the greatest effect out of this bulletin board. Garage sales and your students' parents are another great source of inexpensive faux plants. Once you have them, you can use them over and over again. In fact, you may find a lot of other ways to use them in your classroom.
Mural cutouts are included. They come in 2 sizes:
* Letter size prints on standard paper (8.5X11). You'll need to trim margins and tape the images together on the back for some of the larger items. The images look best when printed on photo paper, but you can use school tag or white cover stock. Laminate and cut them out and they should last for as long as you need.
* Ledger size prints directly onto ledger paper (11X17), but you need access to a large format printer for this. You can also take the file to a copy center and have them print it on ledger paper, if you wish.
Rainforest plants are included in the mural cutouts, but they are very time consuming to prepare. Some of the plants have been given a black background to make cutting them out easier. If you have classroom volunteers who like to cut things out at home, these paper plants may work for you. Generally, silk plants work much better.
Mural placement is explained in the directions, so that perspective can work to your advantage. Add a CD of rainforest sounds, and you just might feel like you're really there. It's a great place to sit and correct papers after a hectic day of chasing learning! The mural can be made to fit whatever space you have available. The directions also include information for creating a stage backdrop.
This item is INCLUDED in A Rainforest Rendezvous--Maps, Mural, Mini Museum.
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