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Lessons from the Forest

Let us bring the Rainforest to you.

We know educators are working around the clock to engage their students in new ways while trying to keep up with ever changing educational standards and objectives.  Our lessons were created by seasoned science teachers and rainforest experts to give your students a hands-on STEM lesson which clearly state the NGSS objectives.  

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Guess Who: An animal identification adventure

Using descriptive clues, students work in small groups or pairs to figure out one of 12 rainforest animals, its habitat and what the creatures eat.  Students then become "animal experts" and complete their own field guide pages and teach the class about their animal describing its adaptations, habitat, and diet.  Adaptable for students: Kindergarten – 5th grade

Click here to see the Next Generation Science Standards covered in this lesson.

Rainforest Bird Beaks Challenge:

Are all beaks created equally?

"Are all Beaks Created Equal?"  This lesson is specifically designed with rainforest birds in mind.  After an introduction of birds, various beak shapes, and preferred food, an adult leader is then “dressed” as a toucan to demonstrate how one of our “bird beaks” would (or would not) work for the “food” on their plate.  As a large group, students discuss the difference in difference in beaks and predict their function. Students would then "become" different birds, using different "beaks" to try to pick up various rainforest "foods".  They would then theorize why beaks were formed as they were for that animal and why that is significant.  Students can design their own bird with a unique beak and would then justify what it would eat and how.  Adaptable for students: Pre-Kindergarten – 5th grade

Click here to see the Next Generation Science Standards covered in this lesson.

Rainforest Robots:

Into the Wild

Using our basic “Botley” coding robots, students will learn to program their team’s robot to collect samples deep within the Rainforest.  They’ll use their bodies to mimic the robot’s movements, then will make a plan for him to follow.  After which, they then take on the role of Robot Zoologist.  As a small group, they would then take on real life challenges, such as: collecting feathers of new species, collecting fecal samples from sick sloths, or collecting prints of a reported jaguar in a remote part of the rainforest.  They will successfully (or unsuccessfully) program their Botley to avoid a danger area, get him to the collection zone, and then back to the field guide station.  Adaptable for students: Kindergarten - 6th grade

Click here to see the Next Generation Science Standards covered in this lesson.

Wildlife Corridors Simulation

 Using a Wildlife Corridor Simulator, students working within groups of four will take on the rolls of accountant, building supply manager, engineer, and zoologist.  Within each small group, students will use deductive reasoning skills and the engineering design process to: define and analyze a real world problem by identifying the criteria and constraints within it, plan solutions to solve the problem within a budget, make and test a model of their plan by building rainforest corridors to safely enable animal movement patterns to occur, reflect and redesign before they present their model, and make claims that are supported by evidence. Students will then use test results and feedback from classmates to optimize their design.  Adaptable for students: 5th grade through High School

Click here to see the Next Generation Science Standards covered in this lesson.

Rainforest Roots Simulation

Students learn about the root systems and adaptations of rainforest plants. Students design different root systems using clay and measure the amount of erosion that occurs with a simulated rain. This activity requires access to a sink, and floors that can handle water spills. We have enough kits to facilitate learning for six student groups, up to 24 students at a time. Grades 3-5.

Click here to see the Next Generation Science Standards covered in this lesson.

Ants, Sloths, and Monkeys, Oh my!

Dramatic play is the name of the game for little ones in the fun, animated lesson.  We’ll read a fingerplay book (that your classroom gets to keep), create giant leaves and tromp through the forest like Leaf-cutter ants, and make masks to become slow sloths.  We can also add a felt board story, written by our founder, Rachel Crandell, for older students.  Adaptable for students: PreK- 1st grade