11) Were the children able to discuss with peers / adults this findings / thoughts during the course of the unit?
How Rainy is the Rain Forest?
Tropical Rain Forest Coalition
Rain Forest Alliance
Rain Forest Action Network
These are the student's projects (in their words):
The bird group made fliers to help save the birds in the rain forest. We added some detailed facts like: what's happening to our rain forest friend and how this affects us.
How we made these is very simple: 1) Take a piece of construction paper, 2) We folded the paper in thirds, 3) We wrote and drew what was happening.
How we saved the fish of the rain forest. We made a book of the fish of the rain forest. We used information books to find more stuff on fish. We also used the computer to find more information about what's happening to the fish of the rain forest. We used a folder to make a cover for the book.
5 facts about the rain forest fish are: 1) Fish are disappearing because people are pushing more and more dirt into the water, 2) Piranhas travel in groups of 1,000 or more, 3) There are 2,000 kinds of piranhas, 4) Piranhas will leave you alone if you leave them alone, 5) Piranhas love blood.
We were the amphibian group. Our group had a game called Frogger. Along with the game show we had a booth display with a lot of toys frogs. We also made posters and hung them. Our group had 2 first graders and 3 third graders. Our biggest hit was the game show.
This is how you play the game Frogger: We used books to help us with the questions. Then we put the questions on cards. Next we tried out the questions on two kids. While some of us were trying the game, the rest of us were putting the frogs on the display. This is how to play: First, pick three people to be contestants. Second, ask the contestants questions. Third, whoever has the most points gets a sticker.
In the insect group there were 3 first graders and 1 third grader. We drew pictures of the insects we chose. When we put this stuff together, we made a newsletter.
In our group, our project took 2 pieces of red construction paper. We used the computers to get facts and type out information. We used facts like the postman butterfly is poisonous and the nymphalic butterfly and the postman butterfly pollinate flowers.
The mammal group made a big poster talking about the jaguar. The third graders and first graders worked together. Three of the facts we wrote down were: The jaguar weighs 400 - 500 pounds and is 100 inches tall. The jaguar lives in South America and Asia. It also eats meat.
The plant and flower group made a petition. There were 2 first graders and 3 third graders in the group. We typed the information on the computer. We also cut and glued pictures on our petition.
We wrote about the orchids, the rafflesia, and the vanilla pod. The vanilla pod gives us vanilla flavoring. The rafflesia is one of the biggest flowers in the rain forest. We walked around and asked people if they wanted to sign our petition. We got over 20 signatures on our petition. Mr. T. Cutter even signed it!
The reptile group made a huge road sign. We used a bulletin board and we put paper reptiles on it. Our group found out information about reptiles from books. Here is some information about reptiles. Reptiles are cold blooded. Some chameleons are two feet long. Snakes have fangs to push out venom. Some snakes shed their skin and eat it. We all did this by the help of each other.
Our group was trying to save the rain forest trees. In our group we had 4 first graders and 2 third graders. We decided to design a web site. Our group came up with some interesting facts. We put them on the web site. We couldn't make a real web site because we didn't have enough time, but we went to the computer lab to see what real web sites look like.
Some of the facts that we wrote on the web site were: trees give oxygen, trees give rubber, trees give us special medicines, trees are homes to many animals, and trees are part of the beauty of the rain forests.
Mr. T. Cutter was the Rain Forest Removal Inc. representative at our Rain Forest Rally. He told us that he needs the rain forest for his job, but we convinced him to slow down the removal!
We loved this project!
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