rain forests

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

Teacher Background

Structurally complex and ages old, rain forests cover only about six percent of Earth's surface, yet they are extremely MORE

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  1. 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.)
  2. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!

Extension Activities

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.


The Amazing Rain Forest Word Power
Grade: 4 - 6
Students can practice vocabulary relevant to rain forests by reading the definition and using the word in a sentence they create.



Rain Forest Reading Comprehension
Grade: 5 - 6
Students learn about the rain forest through this reading passage and comprehension questions.



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