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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
More Mini-Lessons

Bulletin Boards

Insects Bulletin Board
Insects Bulletin Board Example
Ladybug Pattern

Lesson Plans

Layers of the Rain Forest
Animals of the Rainforest
Rain Forest Products
Plants of the Rain Forest
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Endangered Animals Hunt
More Rainforest Lesson Plans


Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Animal Research and Writing
Animals of the Rainforest
Post Card Template
Food Web
Printable List of Rain Forest Animals
More Popular Rain Forest Printables

Earth Day Activities

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

Natural Resources Conservation

Rain Forest Vocabulary Worksheet
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Rain Forest Activities for Math Class

Rain Forest Facts
Rain Forest Math Lab
Tropical Rain Forest Math
Comparing Tree Heights
Giant Rain Forest Animals
More Rainforest Activities for Math Class

Rain Forest Art Activities

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

Rain Forest Activities for Social Studies Class

Geography Reading Warm-Up: Rainforests
Peoples of the Rain Forest
Go and Come Back
The Race of Toad and Deer
The Tropics
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
Life Science Across the Curriculum Printables Slideshow
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Care and Handling of Live Reptiles and Amphibians
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

Rain Forest Foods and Spices
Modeling Rain Forest Layers
Tropical Rain Forest Plant Products
More Rain Forest Plants Resources

Rain Forest Articles

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

Language Arts Activities on Rain Forests

Anaconda Reading Passage
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rain Forest
The Amazing Rain Forest Word Power
Orangutan Reading Passage
Gorilla Reading Passage
Chimpanzee Reading Passage
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
More Popular Language Arts Activities on Rain Forests

Wildlife Week Activities

Bullfrog Food Web
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Long-Lived Turtles
Mexican Milksnake and Coralsnake Drawings
Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Reptile and Amphibian Checklist
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

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December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

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