Turning Point School Blog
Our first graders have been learning about rain forests and their various layers and climates. They began with a KWL chart, brainstorming what they already knew about the rain forest and then listing what they wanted to learn throughout the unit. As a class, students use this chart to answer all the questions raised during their brainstorming session. The non-fiction book Rain Forests by Nancy Smiler Levinson helped students learn about rain forest layers, climate, and plants and animals that live in the rain forest. They also watched a BrainPop video about rain forests, which helped them explore why rain forests are important and reasons for preserving them.
After gaining a basic understanding of rain forests, students worked in small groups to examine a particular rain forest layer in depth. Groups researched plants, climate, resources and animals found in their layer. They also began discussing the essential question, Why do people move? Students learned how cutting down the world's rain forests has forced both people and animals to move or become displaced.