It’s time for one of my favorite units of the year…rainforests! I absolutely love teaching about the rainforest. It’s so engaging for students. Even though we can’t visit a tropical rainforest where we live, they connect to what we learn about and can transfer the big ideas to our local ecosystems.
There are a ton of great nonfiction and fiction books out there on the rainforest. Here are some of my favorites to read.
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- Smart Kids Rainforest
- A Rainforest Habitat
- In the Rainforest
- Magic School Bus: The Rainforest
- The Great Kapok Tree
- Rain Forest Animal Adaptations
- The Umbrella
- If I Ran the Rainforest
- Amazon Rainforest
- Step into the Rainforest
I also pull out the rainforest math and literacy centers. You can read more about them here.
At this point of the year, we are writing so much in the classroom. During our work on writing time, I always have students who want to write about their journeys in the a rainforest. The stories are always so cute! I like to pull out the rainforest words, to help with spelling those tough words.
Once we have learned some basics about rainforests, each of my students research and write a rainforest animal report. They love this! I pull articles about various rainforest animals from my Rainforest Animal Close Read packs.
And throughout all of this, we are always adding to our interactive notebooks. I pull resources from the Rainforest interactive notebook pack. The kids love it!
I’ve been collecting ideas and resources on a Pinterest board. Click the picture below to find some more inspiration!