Rainforest Project Printable Teachers' Guide

Unit 1 Pollution Solutions PDF file
Unit 2 Rainforests: The Earth's Lungs PDF file
Unit 3 Volcanoes PDF file
Unit 4 Global Warming PDF file
Unit 5 Ocean Life PDF file
Teacher's Guide / Table of Contents PDF file
Cover PDF file

Update Activities: Critters of Costa Rica

Create A New Animal

Worksheet included!

Grade Level: 3rd-5th

Subject: Biology

Time: 60- 90 minutes

Objective: Students will better understand physical adaptations of certain animals, and how those adaptations increase the animal's chances of survival.

Create a Critter Collage

Subject: Science

Grade Level: 3rd-5th

Time: 90 minutes

Objective: Students will create a display of animals found in the rainforest and be able to describe important details of that animal's habitat, features, characteristics, and adaptations. The students will have to group animals according to their class and define similarities and differences between animals of the same class.

Bird Feeding and Migration Observation

Worksheet included!

Subject: Science/ Mathematics

Grade Level: 2nd - 7th

Time: 15 minutes per day for the length of the adventure (though can be done in less)

Objective: Students will better understand the concept of bird migration through building a bird house to observe and record data within a given experiment.


Antonym Comparison of Animals and Me

Subject: Language Arts

Grade: 3rd -5th

Time: 45 minutes, plus research time

Objectives: Students will understand antonyms and how they're used for binary comparison by researching an animal and making connections to themselves.

Critters in Your Own Backyard

Worksheet included!

Subject: Science

Grade: 3rd-5th

Time: 2 90-minute periods

Objective: Students will understand that many animals, or related animals, found in their own backyard also make their home in the rainforest.

Costa Rican Food Chain

Worksheet included!

Subject: Biology

Grade Level: 4th-7th

Time: 2 50-minute periods

Objective: Students will undertand the natural predator-prey relationships that exist
inside of the rainforest. Students will also be able to place the animals and
relationships into natural, sequential order.

 

Update Activities: Notes from the Trail

What's significant in today's Notes from the Trail?

Subject: English Language Arts

Grade Level: Late Elementary (4-6)

Time: 30 minutes

Objective: Students will apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections and then relate it back to their personal lives.

Investigate a new word from "Notes from the Trail."

Subject: English Language Arts

Grade Level: Late Elementary (4-6)

Time: 35 minutes

Objective: Students will apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency. Students will apply work analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections.

From A Different Perspective

Subject: English Language Arts

Grade Level: Late Elementary

Time: 40 minutes

Objective: Students will write to communicate for a variety of purposes. Students will use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and structure. Students will compose well-organized and coherent writing for specific purposes and audiences.

Compare and Chart the Adventure's Temperature Vs. Local Temperature

Worksheet Included!

Subject: Mathematics

Grade Level: Late Elementary (4-6)

Time: 10-15 minutes each Expedition Update

Objective: Students will demonstrate and apply a knowledge and sense of numbers, patterns, and sequential order. Students will compute and estimate using mental mathematics, paper-and-pencil methods, and computers
.

Debate the Daily Dilemma

Grade Level: Late Elementary (4-6)

Time: 1 - 1 ½ hours

Objective: Students will better understand the art of persuasion and opposing view points.

Describe the Ecosystem

Worksheet Included!

Subject: Language Arts/Earth Science

Time: 40 minutes, each week of the adventure

Grade Level: 3rd - 5th grades

Objective: Students will increase awareness of a particular ecosystem. Students will increase descriptive language skills and vocabulary to properly describe the ecosystem by using photos and making inferences.

Rainforest Resources

Worksheet Included!

Grade Level: 3rd-7th Grades

Subject: Language Arts/ Science

Time: 45 minutes

Objective: Students will better understand what products come from the rainforest and how the rainforest's resources are used by local users and global users. Students will make connections between their choices and their effects on the environment.

Update Activities: Tico Times

Cultural Comparison

Worksheet included!

Subject: Social Science

Grade Level: 5th-7th

Time: 2 30-minute periods

Objective: Students will learn about a foreign culture by making connections to their own set of cultural values, traditions, and personal experience.

Costa Rican Travel Brochure

Worksheet included!

Subject: Geography/ Language Arts

Grade Level: 5th-7th

Time: 2 90-minute periods

Objective: Students will better understand the Costa Rican culture and geography by
creating a travel brochure for a particular region of Costa Rica.

Tico Times: The Newspaper Article

Subject: Language Arts

Grades: 3rd-6th

Objective: Students will formulate questions for an interview of a local Costa Rican and write answers based on information presented in the Tico Times.

My Own Cultural Traditions

Worksheet included!

Subject: Language Arts

Grade: 3rd-6th

Time: 45 minutes

Objective: Students will understand what a cultural tradition is, how one is formed, and what cultural events shape their personal lives. Students will understand the importance of differences between different cultural traditions by taking pride in their own family's traditions.

Make a Rain Stick

Subject: Art/ Social Studies

Grade Level: 3rd - 5th Grade

Time: 35 minutes

Objective: Students will create a rain stick to mimic the sounds of the rainforest.

Write Your Own Tico Times

Subject: Language Arts

Grade: 3rd-6th

Time: 45 minutes

Objective: Students will compose an expository narrative to teach others about their lives. Student will then submit their essays to the Wilderness Classroom for publication.

Change of Perspective

Subject: Language Arts

Grade Level: 4th-7th

Time: 45 minutes

Objective: Students will compose a narrative essay from a distant point of view by using a secondary source to make inferences.


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