The Amazing Rain Forest Mini-Lesson
Objective: Students will learn that rain forests are important biomes that support a wide variety of plants and animals.
Suggested Time: 15 minutes
Reading Level: Upper Elementary
Structurally complex and ages old, rain forests cover only about six percent of Earth's surface, yet they are extremely MORE
Print or Project
- A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
- Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work. (Example: Do you think the caption Wet and Wild is a good one for the first photo? Why or why not?)
Click the thumbnail slides below to see the captions and kid-friendly copy up close.
- Continue the Conversation: Ask students if they have seen TV shows about the disappearing rain forests. Talk about the advantages of eco-tourism—where animals and their environment are protected but indigenous people can still make money.
- Write about it: Ask students to write a few sentences describing what they might hear in the rain forest. Remind them that there are both living and nonliving things in the ecosystem!
Reinforcements: These worksheets will be useful as you further develop your teaching unit. The Word Power worksheet will give your students vocabulary practice with key terms from this mini-lesson and the related activity will help reinforce key concepts on rain forests.