Students learn vocabulary, sequence events, organize facts, write persuasive pieces, and complete a mini research project in this unit. Learn about the rainforest and endangered species, too! Great for Earth Day.
The Great Kapok Tree, by Lynn Cherry, is a beautiful story about life in the rainforest and the importance of conserving this resource. The following materials are part of this interdisciplinary unit to help students learn about the rainforest and appreciate the story and its message.
15 word wall words
Event cards for predicting, sequencing, and retelling (in color and black-and-white)
Graphic organizer for recording the animals’ reasons
Four open-ended question sheet
Short rainforest information article
Rainforest sketch sheet: visualize the rainforest
Rainforest Animals Jigsaw
- four short articles
- graphic organizer to record research
- minibook product
Persuasive writing piece
- graphic organizer: pros and cons
- planner to organizer persuasive piece
- publishing paper
Project Idea: Reader’s Theater
- voice cards for intonation and expression
- bulletin board letters:
“The Great Kapok Tree” and “Earth Day”
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