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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
Endangered Animals Hunt
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
More Rainforest Lesson Plans


Animal Research and Writing
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Post Card Template
Animals of the Rainforest
Food Web
Tissue Flower Craft
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
Rain Forest Math Lab
Comparing Tree Heights
Modeling Rain Forest Layers
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
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

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

NSTA Recommends -- Interdisciplinary Connections for Grades K-8
Poke & Look Learning Books
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
Rain Forest Foods and Spices
More Rain Forest Plants Resources

Rain Forest Articles

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

Language Arts Activities on Rain Forests

Rain Forest Vocabulary
Chimpanzee Reading Passage
Gorilla Reading Passage
Rain Forest Animals: Word Bank Strategy
Science Reading Warm-Up: Rainforest Ecology
The Amazing Rain Forest Word Power
Praying Mantis Reading Passage
More Popular Language Arts Activities on Rain Forests

Wildlife Week Activities

Orangutan Reading Passage
Anaconda Reading Passage
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Mexican Milksnake and Coralsnake Drawings
Reptile and Amphibian Checklist
Long-Lived Turtles
Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

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