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Rain Forests: Teacher Resources

Teach students about the diverse life and cultures of the rain forest with the teaching resources below. Introduce students to rain forest ecology with lessons and printables on tropical plants, animals, and much more! There are bulletin board ideas for your classroom, articles on amphibians, and activities for wildlife week and Earth Day (April 22). You'll find what you need to connect this science topic with math, language arts, and social studies for all grades.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

The Amazing Rain Forest Mini-Lesson
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Bulletin Boards

Insects Bulletin Board
Ladybug Pattern
Insects Bulletin Board Example

Lesson Plans

Layers of the Rain Forest
Animals of the Rainforest
Plants of the Rain Forest
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Endangered Animals Hunt
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
More Rainforest Lesson Plans


Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Animal Research and Writing
Tissue Flower Craft
Post Card Template
Animals of the Rainforest
Rain Forest Foods and Spices
More Popular Rain Forest Printables

Earth Day Activities

Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
What Are the Effects of Deforestation?
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

Rain Forest Products
Rain Forest Vocabulary Worksheet
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Rain Forest Activities for Math Class

Tropical Rain Forest Math
Rain Forest Math Lab
Modeling Rain Forest Layers
Rain Forest Facts
Comparing Tree Heights
More Rainforest Activities for Math Class

Rain Forest Art Activities

Rain Forest Animals
Rain Forest Art
Your Own Rain Forest
Rain Forest Dictionary
More Rain Forest Art Activities

Rain Forest Activities for Social Studies Class

The Race of Toad and Deer
Go and Come Back
The Tropics
Geography Reading Warm-Up: Rainforests
Peoples of the Rain Forest
Reading a Map of Madagascar
Silver People Educators' Guide
More Rain Forest Activities for Social Studies Class

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Jungle
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Rain Forest Science Activities

About the Tropical Rain Forest
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Care and Handling of Live Reptiles and Amphibians
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Life Science Across the Curriculum Printables Slideshow
More Rain Forest Science Activities

Literature Resources on Rain Forests

Poke & Look Learning Books
NSTA Recommends -- Interdisciplinary Connections for Grades K-8
Post Cards from the Rain Forest
Curious George Takes a Job: Jungle Mural
More Literature Resources on Rain Forests

Plants of the Rain Forest

Tropical Rain Forest Plant Products
More Rain Forest Plants Resources

Rain Forest Articles

Reptile and Amphibian Life Span and Life History
Reptiles and Amphibians Through the Ages
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Systems
Amphibian Population Declines
Eastern Newt Species Account
NSTA Recommends -- Reptiles and Amphibians
More Rain Forest Articles

Language Arts Activities on Rain Forests

Science Reading Warm-Up: Rain Forest
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rainforest Ecology
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
What Animal Do I Admire?
Orangutan Reading Passage
Anaconda Reading Passage
Rain Forest Vocabulary
More Popular Language Arts Activities on Rain Forests

Wildlife Week Activities

Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Mexican Milksnake and Coralsnake Drawings
Long-Lived Turtles
Bullfrog Food Web
Reptile and Amphibian Checklist
Anteater Reading Passage
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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