Could your students use some review over the layers of the rainforest, typical animals found there, biomes, and adaptations?
Mine certainly did, so I added this fun cut and paste activity, close reading passage, QR code link to a virtual field trip, and reflection worksheet to their interactive notebooks! Your students will thank you for providing them with a fun, interactive experience when learning about the rainforest biome. This type of interactive notebook activity and reading has worked wonders in my classroom not only with student engagement, but with retention of the material resulting in improved scores on standardized tests!
In this exercise the students read about the rainforest biome, details of the four distinctive layers of the rainforest, some typical animals found in each layers, and the plant adaptation of drip tips. After reading, students complete a reflection piece over the reading topics, and then assemble a cut and paste activity detailing the layers of the rainforest and some of the typical animals found in the four distinctive layers. There is also a QR code at the end of the reading that links students to a virtual field trip of the rainforest.
This lesson includes a close reading passage covering the four distinct layers of the rainforest and some typical animals found in each layer, biomes, biodiversity, and the drip tip adaptation that many rainforest plants have. A reading reflection covering the topics of the close reading is included. Reading reflection is full sized for homework or typical binder applications, but questions can be cut out along included lines for mounting in interactive notebooks (this is how I typically use the lesson). A rainforest cut and paste activity reinforces student knowledge of the four distinct layers of the rainforest and typical animals found in each layer. Both color and black and white activities are included. I typically print in black and white to allow for students to color and make their rainforest unique. Reading passage ends with a QR code that links to a video virtual field trip of the rainforest. Perfect for classes with iPads or if students are allowed to use their smartphones in class. Reading, cut and paste activity, reflection worksheet, and QR code was created for upper elementary and middle grades (3rd-7th).
Overview of lesson
Approximately two class periods in length, as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class. Easily modified to be shorter or longer depending on the needs of specific classes. High level thinking strategies and varied activities allow for different learning styles and will aid any teacher attempting to differentiate their classroom. This lesson was created for upper elementary and middle grades. Lesson is a great review or practice to help students understand the many concepts and academic vocabulary found in a typical middle grades ecology unit that has a lesson on the rainforest biome. This is an extremely popular lesson in my classroom! Students love the cut and paste activity, QR code and the fun that goes along with interactive notebooks.
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