Rainforest Reader’s Theater 2019

During our last weeks of school, we learned about Tropical Rainforests.  One of our activities was this reader’s theater puppet show based on the book “The Great Kapok Tree”.  4R students performed this for our Kindergarten Book Buddies.  Enjoy the show!

Rainforest Readers’ Theater 2018

Today we performed a Readers’ Theater version of “The Great Kapok Tree”.  They made their puppets this week and performed for our Kindergarten Book Buddies this morning.

Enjoy the performance!  And remember…save the rainforest!!

Tropical Rainforest Study 2016

A favorite part of our almost month-long study of Tropical Rainforests is the puppet show reader’s theaters we do using the book “The Great Kapok Tree”.  It’s always so fun to see how the students create each animal, and also fun to hear how they use different voices for their characters.  I have included both productions of our reader’s theater for this year, as we performed in two different groups for the kindergarten classes.  Enjoy!!  🙂

For other Tropical Rainforest projects and exciting activities, be sure to follow my Instagram account to check them out!!  (@missrenzelmann)

Tropical Rainforest Unit 2015

Well, better late than never on my FAVORITE unit of the year, our Tropical Rainforest Unit!!  🙂  I’m going to share some projects that we worked on throughout this unit.

We did all sorts of project learning, from hands-on creations to tech projects.  Some of the hands-on projects included: researching and creating models of the 4 layers of the rainforest…measuring out life-sized rainforest creatures and creating them to their actual size…a reader’s theater puppet show…and various writing projects that we used to add to our rainforest classroom decor.  Some of the tech projects included: commercials encouraging people to save the rainforest (made using iMovie)…and animal reports!  We also went on a rainforest-themed field trip to the zoo!!  Below are pictures and videos of our experiences.  Enjoy, and maybe learn something along the way!!  🙂

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Tropical Rainforest Study 2014-Final Weeks and Zoo Field Trip

We are quickly approaching the end of our school year.  This also means the end of our study of Tropical Rainforests.  My hope is that this unit helped to spark an awareness of how important rainforests are, even though we were barely able to scratch the surface of all the plants, animals, and people who live there.

Our last major project that we worked on during class were readers’ theaters adaptations of “The Great Kapok Tree”, an awesome book about the importance of saving the rainforests from destruction.  (We are also still in the midst of working on some computer projects for this unit as well: Powerpoints and Glogsters.)  Here are some pictures and video from our performances of “The Great Kapok Tree”, as presented to both kindergarten classes and two of the preschool classes.  They were GREAT audiences!!

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To wrap up our unit, we took a special field trip to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.  We spent the majority of our day in the Indonesian Rain Forest section, hunting for answers to questions about different plants and animals.  It was a great day, and after a scary start to the day (can we say torrential downpour, thunder, lightning, and hail?), the skies cleared, and we were able to enjoy a wonderful field trip to the zoo!!

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Tropical Rainforest Study 2014- Week 3!!

So much has happened in our classroom since last week’s post!  We have been hard at work, continuing our study of the rainforest.  This week was full of activities that helped us further explore this amazing ecosystem!!

First up, our collages of rainforest products.  Students searched through ads to find medicines, foods, and other products that come from the rainforest.  What an amazing array of items we would miss if our rainforests disappeared!!

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This week was also our first time trying out the school’s iPads.  This was a LOT of fun, and the students were way better at using them than I was!!  🙂  We used a program called ChatterPix, where you have a still picture, but give it a “mouth” and record yourself talking.  When it plays back, the “mouth” moves with your voice!  Super cool.  We told about our animals from our rainforest animal projects.

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Here’s an example:

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My favorite rainforest project is Rainforest Superlatives.  We talk about a few examples of rainforest plants and animals that are either extremely large or extremely small.  Then, using yardsticks and rulers, the students drew out each creature true to life size.

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Finished products:

The Rafflesia Flower: the world’s largest lily, measuring up to 3 feet across!

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The Harpy Eagle: one of the world’s largest eagles, measuring up to 3 feet in height, with a 5 foot wingspan!

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The Pygmy Marmoset: the world’s smallest primate, measuring only 14-16 cm long with a 15-20 cm tail!

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The Goliath Bird-Eater: world’s largest spider, measuring an 11-inch legspan!

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The Reticulated Python: the world’s longest snake, measuring 32 feet, 9 inches in length!

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The Goliath Beetle: one of the world’s largest beetles, measuring up to 6 inches long!

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Our last project for the week involved some practice in letter writing.  We wrote letters to our governor, asking him to help us save the rainforest!  Each letter was then attached to a rainforest creature of their choice and added to our classroom rainforest display!  Lots of great creativity with these!!

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Stay tuned for more fun projects coming up next week!!