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!!

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