Amazon Alphabet

Social Studies/Science/Art

Students will create an alphabetic Amazon animal mural, illustrating the diversity of life in the tropical rain forest of the Amazon Basin.

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What to Do

  1. Assign each student one or two letters of the alphabet, leaving out the letter X. Ask students to find the names and pictures of animals that live in the Amazon Basin and whose names begin with the letter(s) given. Once a student finds a name, have that student read and learn about the animal's lifestyle. You may wish to help students find the names by providing a list of Amazon Animals. Challenge the whole class to find an Amazon animal whose name begins with X. Share these Hints for the Letter X Challenge with students.
  2. Ask students to draw, color, and cut out oak tag pictures of their animals. Have them label each picture with the animal's name, making the first letter in the name very large.
  3. Students then create a mural of a tropical rain forest and place their animal cards in alphabetical order on butcher paper to create a mural. Display the mural in the school hallway or cafeteria.

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