This lesson features fun books, videos, poems, and songs to help students learn all about the importance of trees.
There are multiple activities that can be done as a whole group, in small groups, or independently through stations.
Students have the opportunity to strengthen their writing skills and explore concepts through art.
Scaffolding is provided throughout the lesson.
This is lesson 2 of 3 in our K-2nd grade All About the Rainforest unit.
Teachers will need to source a hard copy of the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry from their local or school library. The e-book is also available on Open Library. Open Library is a good source for finding e-books and for locating copies of print books available at local libraries.
If choosing to use the station activities, teachers may need to source materials.
This lesson is designed to be taught over at least 2 days. It may be helpful to teach the Inquire section during ELA, the Investigate section during science, and the Inspire section for writing. This lesson can be spread out over more than 2 days if necessary.
Teacher may choose to teach the lessons, use the station activities, or both.
Teacher may substitute station activities that are relevant to the content being learned in the classroom.
There are many built-in opportunities to scaffold and differentiate the lesson and activities.
Students will gain knowledge of what constitutes a rainforest, where rainforests are found globally, how they affect the carbon cycle, and how to safeguard them from deterioration and unrelenting logging. The lesson has passed our science review process after being thoroughly fact-checked.