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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
Ladybug Pattern
Insects Bulletin Board Example

Lesson Plans

Layers of the Rain Forest
Animals of the Rainforest
Plants of the Rain Forest
Rain Forest Products
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Long-Lived Turtles
More Rainforest Lesson Plans


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

Earth Day Activities

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

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

Rain Forest Art Activities

Your Own Rain Forest
Rain Forest Animal Favorites
Rain Forest Art
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
Reading a Map of Madagascar
Peoples of the Rain Forest
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

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

Rain Forest Articles

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

Language Arts Activities on Rain Forests

Rain Forest Vocabulary
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
The Amazing Rain Forest Word Power
Orangutan Reading Passage
Rain Forest Animals: Word Bank Strategy
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rainforest Ecology
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rain Forest
More Popular Language Arts Activities on Rain Forests

Wildlife Week Activities

Reptile and Amphibian Checklist
Bullfrog Food Web
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Mexican Milksnake and Coralsnake Drawings
Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
What Animal Do I Admire?
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities


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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.

August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

Back to School Headquarters
August is Back to School Month and many of you will be returning to the classroom very soon. Feeling unprepared? We have you covered! Check out our very best resources and advice for New Teachers (applicable for the new and experienced), as well as Bulletin Board ideas, Open House materials, and general Classroom Management tips for a successful new school year.

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.

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