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Elementary-Teacher-Resources: Rainforest Unit Follow-Up and Video
June 27, 2011
Rainforest Unit Follow-Up
Our rain forest project was a smashing success!
Here's a video my kids made about the rain forest project
Thanks to a grant from DonorsChoose.com we were able to learn all about the rain forest and then create each component to hang on our wall.
All in all we created…
Kapok tree, Understory trees, Flowers, Ants, Spiders, Bats, Snakes, Monkeys, Anteaters, Sloths, Tarantulas, Frogs, Butterflies, Ladybugs, Owls… and I’m sure I’m forgetting other things.
Basically, what we did was read a book about each creature and then make it for our rain forest.
Some of the projects were printables I found on the internet, but most were whatever the kids decided they should do.
I liked the "homemade" feel of it all!
It was a great way to end the year because the teaching was going on continually while I still could pack up boxes. (I’m moving classrooms and had to sort through a lot of junk!)
We actually had the project go all the way through the last full day of school!
An outline of the project:
The completed project from "The Great Kapok Tree" to the bulldozer being sent to the garage took 15 days. We spent about 60 to 90 minutes each day.
During this time we were also home to several creepy, crawly critters.
We had butterflies, and ladybugs, mealworms and harvester ants.
But the most exciting insect was the praying mantis. I had never had a praying mantis in my room before and I cannot believe how interesting they are.
We were able to watch the egg case hatch and hundreds of nymphs squirm out! We actually had so many that several of my students took some home!
If you’ve never tried having a praying mantis in your classroom – I’d highly recommend it. It was amazing!
If you have great tips or tricks for teaching the rain forest, please stop by my rain forest page and share them with us. The more we share – the easier it is to help our kids learn!
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