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The rainforest is the richest habitat with the most various living things in the world. Even some people say that rainforest is the lung of the planet Earth. Exploring the rainforest will not lead us into the ending. This year, we concentrate in Biology for our science. Three of the children are doing biology. Habitat is one topic in the science lesson. Here are some rainforest unit study resources we would love to share.
Online Information about The Rainforest
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. The website is the best for exploring the rainforest. It has also Kids' Corner where the information delivery is adjusted to kids' need and atmosphere. There are some wonderful coloring pages, virtual story books, and hands-on projects as well.
National Geographic is a great site for most of life science and earth science. There are some wonderful articles about rainforest around the world.
This is an awesome site for teachers and also children. You can find hundreds of articles, photos, lesson plans facts, and a lot of things about the rainforest. I just really love the pictures a lot. Some information about the rainforest people, conservation, and issues are available for free here.
If you are looking for a text for older children, Blue Planet Biome provides information about the plants, animals, climate, and the South East Asian rainforest.
Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. This website will help learners to be aware about the environmental issues in the rainforest. Learners are asked to take some action in saving the rainforest.
There are some books about the rainforest specifically, but there are also references including information about several biomes. We use both of those kinds of books to help us learning about the rainforest. Here are some reference and specific books about the rainforest:
We use this book as a spine for learning some habitats. The language is simple and there are a lot of pictures. Children from age 7 to 12 love this book a lot.
As it is an encyclopedia of ecology, this book provides more accurate information for children age 7 to 12 with smaller fonts than the previous book. The food chain of each biome is shown very clearly. It also has vivid picture for each biome.
The title of the book doesn't show anything about habitats, but there are some chapters about biomes that help us to conncet the animals to the related biomes.
This is a simple book to use to introduce the concept of habitat and the rainforest for younger children in the kindergarten and early elementary level.
Magic School Bus Presents: The Rainforest: A Nonfiction Companion to the Original Magic School Bus Series
If you are a fan of the Magic School Bus series like us, we should be relieved that the rainforest topic is included in the series. Mrs. Frizzle will help us deliver the information about the rainforest and the life in it in her style.
The situation and the condition of the Amazon rainforest is exposed in a form of a fiction. The story will let children know that we need to participate in the conservation of the rainforest directly and indirectly. Reading this book, children will know the role of the rainforest in the planet earth.
The concept and information of the rainforest can also be introduced by this picture book, written by Gail Gibbons. Well, I love all of the books written by Gail Gibbons.
This book will ask the readers to imagine about the life in the rainforest in a lively way from the forest floor, up through the canopy and back down again, following the circle of life in this clever adaptation of the song The Green Grass Grew All Around. The jungle comes alive as readers learn about a wide variety of the animals (jaguars, emerald tree boas, leafcutter ants, sloths, poison dart frogs, toucans, and bats) and plants (kapok trees, liana vines, and bromeliads) living in the Amazon rainforest.
Learning doesn't have to be in a serious way with all of the fiction and the nonfiction discussion. This book will introduce the rainforest using the rhyme. Children and parents will be entertained by the animals in the habitat in the form of rhymes.
There are a lot of ways of exploring the rainforest. You might follow my pinterest board:
The Rainforest Notebooking Pack
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Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.