Tropical Rainforest Study-Week 4

Our 4th and final week of our tropical rainforest study is upon us.  Yesterday we performed a reader’s theater puppet show for the kindergarten classes.  Half the kids performed for Miss James’ class, the other half performed for Mrs. V’s class.  The kindergarteners were a very good audience.

Here are some pictures from our morning:

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Here are the videos from the performances.  They are labeled with KJ or KV, so your child can help you find which group they were in.  Or you can watch both!  🙂  Enjoy!

The last few activities this week will involve telling others about the rainforest and encouraging them to help protect it.  I think the story of The Great Kapok Tree is a great beginning to a week like this!

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Pops Concert 2013

This past Friday was our annual Pops Concert.  This year, the theme was “Jukebox Hits”.  Dress, decorations, and music all went with the theme of 50/60s jukebox hits.  It was so fun to see all the poodle skirts, jeans, and smiles ready to show off all the hard work we’ve been putting into this concert over the past weeks.

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I have some videos of the choir pieces done at this year’s concert.  Enjoy these great jukebox hits: Stand By Me, I’m a Believer, and a rockin’ medley of Rock Around the Clock, Rockin’ Robin, Jailhouse Rock, and Shake, Rattle, and Roll.  🙂

Tropical Rainforest Study-Week 3

This week as part of our tropical rainforest study, we did quite a bit of writing.  First, we did some creative writing with stories entitled “A Day in the Life of a Rainforest Leaf.”  Students had to write a story as if they were the leaf on a tree in the rainforest, and tell about their day from the leaf’s perspective.  Then, the stories were mounted onto “leaves” and hung up in our classroom rainforest display!

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Turned out quite nice, don’t you think?

Our next writing project was in the form of a business letter.  The students wrote a letter to either the president, senator, governor, or mayor, telling them about our rainforest study and asking them to help make laws to protect the rainforest.  These letters were mounted onto a rainforest creature of their choice, animal or plant.

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I just love how creative these are!!

Our final writing project this week was rainforest themed poems.  They could be about a plant, animal, or just the rainforest as a whole.  They did not have to rhyme, though many did.  Once written, they were finalized into a shape poem, meaning the words were written in a way that outlined the shape of the topic of their poem.

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I always love seeing how these poems turn out!

The last rainforest project that we finished this week was an art project we’ve been working on for a few weeks now.  It is made of different “textures”, which are made by using different colors and patterns.  A textured landscape is our fancy art term for the week.  These turned out really fun and colorful, and are a nice addition to our classroom wall.

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Next week is the last week of our rainforest study.  We have been working on a puppet show performance for the kindergarten classes, which we will perform next week.  Stay tuned for video of the productions!  🙂

Tropical Rainforest Study-Week 2

This week as a part of our rainforest study, we read the story The Great Kapok Tree, talked about different products that we use that come from the rainforest, and studied a few animals more in depth.

First up this week was presenting our animal projects.  Each student had a different rainforest animal to research.  Then they drew a picture of their animal and listed at least 3 facts about their animal to share with the class.  These projects were added to our classroom wall to help decorate our rainforest.

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Working with groups, our big projects for the week were life-sized rainforest animals.  Each group was given a different animal, which were chosen because they are either very large rainforest animals, or very small rainforest animals.  The groups had to work together to measure out and draw a life-sized picture of their animal.  The projects turned out really cool, and a lot of hard work went into each.

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Pygmy Marmoset: The world’s smallest primate, weighing in at 4-5 ounces and measuring 14-16 cm in length.

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Goliath Beetle: One of the world’s largest insects, growing to be 6 inches long.

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Goliath Bird-Eater: The world’s largest spider, measuring 4 inches (body) by 11 inches (legspan).

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Giant Tiger Land Snail: The largest snail in the world, measuring 8 inches in length.

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Reticulated Python: The world’s longest snake, record-holding at 32 feet 9 inches in length.

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Rafflesia: World’s largest flower, growing to be 3 feet across.

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Harpy Eagle: One of the world’s largest eagles, measuring 3 feet (height) by 6 feet (wingspan), with 5 inch talons.

We also discussed different products we use each day that come from the rainforest.  Using fliers and ads, we cut out some of these products and made collages of items that come from the rainforest.  We were surprised to find out how many different items there were!!

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Good times during week two of our rainforest study!!

Tropical Rainforest Study-Week 1

This week we began our study of tropical rainforests.  Our room is decorated in vines, trees, animals, and many other rainforest inspired items.  More projects will be added as the weeks go on.  This is probably my favorite unit to teach, and I am constantly adding new things.  This year, with Pinterest on my side, we had some fun new activities this week already!

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For our first week, we talked about where tropical rainforests are located in the world, and we focused quite a bit on the different layers of a rainforest: forest floor, understory, canopy, and emergent.  Our reading story for the week was called Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon.  What a perfect fit for our first week of rainforest study.

To help practice comparing and contrasting, we worked in groups to compare/contrast two different layers of the rainforest.  To make it even more fun, we used hula hoops and sticky notes to help us out!

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Also in groups, we studied in more detail the rainforest layers.  Each group was assigned a different layer of the rainforest.  They used all sorts of supplies to create a diorama of their layer inside of a large paper box.

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Forest Floor

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Understory

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Canopy

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Emergent

When all the layers were finished, we attached them together in a stack to show how the different layers differ.  It turned out really cool!  (Shout out to Pinterest for a fabulous idea!!)

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All this fun, and it’s only week one!  🙂