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!  🙂

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