Classroom Resources

Monthly Themes

Rain Forest

Writing Prompt

Persuasion:

Experts warn that rain forests are in danger of becoming extinct. Have students write a persuasive essay that calls for the protection of this biome.

Activities

Grades K–2: Science/Social Studies
Matching Animals and Environments

Have students strengthen their understanding of different natural environments and the animals that live there. Have students create drawings of different environments and then create some unexpected visitors in those environments.

Grades 1–4: Language Arts
Animal ABC

The great tropical rain forest of the Amazon Basin has a tremendous diversity of life. Have students discover this diversity by creating an alphabetic Amazon animal mural.

Grades 1–8: Language Arts
Endangered-Wildlife Cards

Have students send an endangered-animal e-card to friends and family.

Grades 2–3: Mathematics
Math in the Forest

Have students solve simple math problems and decode their answers to answer a rain forest question.

Grades 2–4: Social Studies
The Colors of Earth

Have students locate and color rain forests and other features of the earth on a world map.

Grades 2–5: Science
Rain Forest Stamps

Have students recognize endangered rain forest plants and animals by creating a postage stamp. Students can draw or paste a picture of a plant or animal on the front of the stamp. They can then write important facts about the plant or animal on the back.

Grades 3–5: Language Arts
Tropical Scramble

Have students apply what they've learned about the rain forest by unscrambling related words.

Grades 3–5: Language Arts
What's That Word?

Students love word games. Have students solve this rain forest word puzzle.

  • FunBrain Stay Afloat
  • http://www.funbrain.com/cgi-bin/hm.cgi?A2=rainforest&A3=1&Submit=Play+Stay+Afloat&A1=s
Grades 3–5: Science/Language Arts
The Goodness of Trees

Have students create a book of ideas about saving the environment, especially trees.

Grades 3–8: Science
Rain Forest Quizzes

Test your students' knowledge about rain forests.

  • Rain Forest Quiz (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_3-5_quiz.pdf
  • Rain Forest Quiz Answer Key (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_3-5_quiz_key.pdf
  • Rain Forest Quiz (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_6-8_quiz.pdf
  • Rain Forest Quiz Answer Key (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_6-8_quiz_key.pdf
Grades 3–8: Language Arts
Rain Forest Word Find

Have students find words related to rain forests hidden in a puzzle.

  • The Rain Forest (grades 1–2) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_easy_wf.pdf
  • The Rain Forest Answer Key (grades 1–2) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_easy_wf_key.pdf
  • The Rain Forest (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_hard_wf.pdf
  • The Rain Forest Answer Key (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_hard_wf_key.pdf
Grades 3–8: Social Studies
Rain Forest Riches

Rain forests are rich in natural resources. Have students identify resources and then locate their sources on a world map.

Grades 4–8: Social Studies
How to Save the Rain Forests

Create a bulletin board titled “Save the Rain Forests.” Have students use words, pictures, and other artwork that show practical ways to conserve rain forests.

Grades 4–8: Science
Rain Forest Hero

Have kids find out what they can do at home and in the classroom to be a rain forest hero.

Grades 4–8: Science
Rain Forest Flashcards

Rain forest facts can be a breeze when students study the facts using flashcards.

  • Rain Forest Facts
  • http://www.ran.org/fileadmin/materials/education/curriculum/FlashCards.pdf
Grades 7–8: Language Arts
Rain Forest Crossword Puzzle

Have students test their knowledge of rain forests.

  • The Rain Forest (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_xword.pdf
  • The Rain Forest Answer Key (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/rainforest_xword_key.pdf
Grades 7–8: Social Studies
The Business of Rain Forests

Are your students ready to go into the ecotourism business? Have them test their business smarts by making the right business decision.


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