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Unit 3E, Roles of Living Things

Unit Project: Creating a Tropical Rain-Forest Mural

Learn about the importance of rain forest plants and animals. Find out how people change the rain forest. Create a rain forest mural — a huge picture of the rain forest — for your classroom wall.


Project Link 1 (Chapter 1, p. E25)
Choose a rain-forest layer to research and design for the mural. Share what you've learned with the rest of the class. Find creative ways to decorate the rain-forest mural.

Internet Links
Rain-Forest Layers

Enchanted Learning: All About Rainforests

Public Broadcasting Service
Rainforest Layers

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
A Photographic Portfolio Taken From the Jungle Crane

Parques nacionales de Costa Rica

Árboles de Costa Rica

Creating the Mural

Tropical Rainforest Coalition Rainforest Mural

Project Link 2 (Chapter 2, p. E47)
Learn about the types of animals found in the rain forest. Include mammals, amphibians, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects. Make some camouflaged animals. Then "hide" them in the rain-forest mural. Challenge your classmates to find them. Attach predators and prey to show a food web.

Internet Links
Rain Forest Animals and Plants

Michigan State University
Virtual Rain Forest: Online Rain Forest Tour

Public Broadcasting Service
Take a Walk in the Rainforest: A Self-Guided Tour

Rainforest Action Network—Kids' Corner

Enchanted Learning: All About Rainforests

Conservar la naturaleza

Creating the Rain-Forest Creatures

Rainforest Action Network—Kids' Corner

Art School Online
Draw Rainforest Animals

Chunky Monkey
Rain-Forest Drawing Lessons

Las familias de insectos de Costa Rica
Mira estas maravillosas fotos de insectos.

Student Resources

Project Link 3 (Chapter 3, p. E73)
Find out what resources are found in the rain forest. Learn all about why the rain forests are being cut down. Explore what will happen if the rain-forest destruction does not stop. Find ways that you can help save the rain forests. Discuss these ideas with your classmates. Make posters showing what you can do to help save the rain forests.

Internet Links
Rain-Forest Resources

Rainforest Alliance
Rainforest Resources/Facts: Tropical Forest Products in Daily Use

Rainforest Action Network
Food from the Rainforests

Rainforest Alliance
Rainforest Resources/Facts

Saving the Rain Forests

Rainforest Action Network
Kids' Corner: Rainforest Heroes!

Rainforest Alliance
Rainforest Resources/Facts
What YOU Can Do to Save the Rainforest

Tropical Rainforest Coalition
How can I help?

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