3-D Rainforest

Our second stop on our journey around the world was to the continent of South America. In our South American "Wonders of the World" study, we focused on the Amazon Rainforest.

Our class read Mary Pope Osborne's Afternoon on the Amazon to help us learn about the rainforest. The kids loved the Magic Tree House book! Every day we read, the students couldn't wait to see what new Amazon creature Jack and Annie would run into next.


We also read many different non-fiction articles from Ed Helper and Mary Pope Osborne's Non-Fiction Companion book Rainforest for classwork and home learning to learn real life facts about the rainforest. The articles we read included information on the plants and animals of the rainforest, the layers of the rainforest, the resources the rainforest provides (i.e. medicines, fruits, oxygen, etc.), and the dangers of deforestation.

To extend our learning, I asked students to put on their thinking hats as we engaged in using Edward de Bono's black and yellow thinking hats to consider the issue of cutting down trees in the rainforest.

 ( Thinking Hats Activity Pictures Coming Soon)

To support and extend the learning of our students in reading, my team teacher engaged our students in a number of awesome activities during science class.

First, she supported the information we learned about the layers of the rainforest by engaging students in this Layers of the Rainforest activity she purchased {HERE} from Classroom Compulsion.


Next, to extend our learning of rainforest animals, she assigned each student a rainforest animal to research. Students were required to research 5 facts about their assigned rainforest animal and present to the class. Check them out.

Finally, to culminate our rainforest unit, our students worked together during class time to created a 3-D Diorama of the Amazon Rainforest. To set up the diorama, we collected 8 copy paper boxes (four per class), from our school's copy room.  then covered them in construction and butcher paper inside and outside. To fill each box/ layer, we asked parents to donate supplies (i.e. paper towel rolls, cotton balls, twigs, moss, small rocks, pipe cleaners, etc.). Once we gathered all of our supplies, the students in each class were separated into groups and assigned one layer of the rainforest. 

Before beginning the diorama, students were asked to plan out how they wanted their box/layer to look on paper. This helped our students use the materials wisely. Once each group's plan was approved, students were free to begin working on their box/layer. Once everyone's box/layer was complete, we stapled all of the boxes/layers together in the correct sequence and displayed them for others to see.

Here's what the finished products look like! We couldn't be more proud of our students. Both classes did a spectacular job. 


Here's a closer look at each layer...

This is my afternoon class' (referred to as Class A) 3-D Rainforest Diorama:

Emergent Layer- Class A
Canopy Layer- Class A
Understory- Class A
Forest Floor- Class A

                           Here is my homeroom class' (referred to as Class B) 3-D Rainforest Diorama:

Emergent Layer- Class B
Canopy Layer- Class B
Understory Layer- Class B
Forest Floor- Class B

                            Thank you for checking out our rainforest adventures! I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen. Don't be shy to leave any feedback, I always love hearing from my readers.

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