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From Mrs. A kindergarten - the children colored the animals of the rainforest and then glued them onto a forest scene putting the animals in the correct layer.
 

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RAINFOREST THEME
Submitted by Renee
I introduce the rainforest theme with a reading of Jann Brett's The Umbrella.  I bought the rainforest themed Toob miniatures that include just about all the animals from the book and a mini umbrella.  I open up the umbrella and turn it upside-down on the floor next to me as I introduce the character.  For each animal that comes into the story I add them to the umbrella after I show the animal to the students.  When the umbrella tips over I flip the umbrella upside down so the animals all spill out.  Then after the story I pass each animal around one at a time and present a brief fact about each animal before I share them with the students.  Then after the students have all viewed the animals I add them to the literacy area with a bag and the book so the students can retell the story (without the umbrella for safety reasons).  My students loved it.  The rainforest theme is super important during Earth week because people really have no clue what resources we pull from it.  It was really interesting as a teacher.  It puts a different spin on loving Mother Earth.

RAINFOREST SONG
Submitted by Jacque
The Rain Forest Song
(sung to the tune of: If you're Happy and you Know it)

Oh, the Rain Forest is a special place to live
 Oh, the Rain Forest is a special place to live
 There are plants and birds and even frogs
 who live there with their poly-wogs
 the Rain Forest is a special place to live

 There are birds of many colors living there
 There are birds of many colors living there
 There's a Parott and a Tucan. . .
 eating fruits and nuts and you can . . .
 See them in the rain forest living there

 The tree tops are a special place to be
 oh, the tree tops are a special place to be
  the three toed sloth moves very slow
 he does not have too far to go
 the tree top are his special place to be

 There are creatures lurking on the jungle floor
 There are creatures lurking on the jungle floor
 there are Lizards, moths and even Croc's
 who climb upon the slippery rocks
 looking for a place to come ashore.

 Oh, its hot and rainy each and every day
 Oh, its hot and rainy each and every day
 the rain drips off the Jungle leaves
and you can't even feel a breeze
oh, its hot and rainy each and every day.

RAIN STICKS
Supplies:
Cardboard Rolls- Wrapping paper rolls work the best
1 1/2 inch nails
dried peas
Masking Tape
Things to decorate with

Cover the end of the cardboard roll with masking tape.
Poke in  the nails randomly all over the tube so that they all the way into
the tube but not out the other side. You will need to use quite a lot to get
a good sound effect.
Then add about 1/2 cup of dried peas in the tube and tape up the other end.
Let the children decorate the outside however they would like.

Safari Maps
 Submitted by Deb
 Cut rough edged pieces of paper out of the side of a brown paper bag to use as a map. Give the children colored sticky dots and let them put them on the paper. Give them markers  to connect the dots and draw anything else they would like  on their picture. (trees, people, animals, arrows pointing  directions, etc). You could also have footprint stamps  (I have seen them for various animals) to stamp footprints on the map. The children always have fun making these and each one is so different.

Down In The Jungle (chant)
Submitted by Deb
 Begin by having children slap their hands on their knees and then clap them together to set the rhythm of the chant.
 Down in the jungle
With the beat in your feet,
Think of an animal
That you'd like to meet.
That you'd like to meet
  ________! (Call out a child's name and have them name a  jungle animal)

 A (Monkey), A (Monkey) She wants to see a (Monkey)!

 Then have all of the children imitate a monkey. Keep  repeating and naming different animals for the children to imitate and don't forget the growls, screeches, and roars!  This is also great for large motor indoors on rainy days.

RAINFOREST
Submitted by Tinabattle
Crayon Snakes
Materials: Paper plates, Crayons, string for hanging
Procedure: Have the children use crayons to color designs on both sides of their paper plates. Then cut each plate around and around in a spiral so that when you are finished, it resembles a snake. Draw an eye on one end.
Then hang the finished products. If your children are older, they may be able to cut the paper plates themselves

Nylon Snake
Materials:  Paint, paint brushes, newspaper, old nylons.
Talk to the children first about snakes and what some snakes
look like.  Let the children crumple up paper into balls.  Then let them stuff a nylon with these paper balls.  When the child finishes stuffing his/hers, have them tie a knot at the end of the nylon.  Let the children paint their snakes as they wish.

Small Snakes
Wind colored pipe cleaners around a pencil to make snakes.
plant a fallen branch in a bucket of sand and wind the snakes around the branches.

Rainforest
Submitted by Kathy
You can decorate your   room, starting out with crepe paper twisted and hanging from the ceiling. As you study, start adding things to the room, snakes, flowers, vines, etc. These are all kid made.

The Rainforest Song
 tune  "If You're Happy and You know It"
There are layers in the forest, yes indeed
Yes indeed (kids love to shout this part!)
There are layers in the forest, yes indeed
Yes indeed
Emergent, canopy and the under story
There are layers in the forest.
Yes indeed!
The emergent's home to birds and butterflies
Butterflies!
The emergent's home to birds and butterflies
Butterflies!
The trees are so high that they almost touch the sky
The emergent's home to birds and butterflies.
Butterflies!
The canopy is like a big umbrella
Big Umbrella
The canopy is like a big umbrella
Big Umbrella
Monkeys, sloth, orangutan
Eat all the fruit they can
The canopy is like a big umbrella
Big Umbrella!
The Understory's home to many snakes
Many snakes!
The understory's home to many snakes
Many snakes!
They eat cats and rats and bats
And they like the gnats for snacks
The understory's home to many snakes!
Many Snakes!
The Forest Floor is dim and dark and wet
Dark and wet
The forest floor is dim and dark and wet
Dark and wet
The ants go marching by as they watch the birds up high,
The forest floor is dim and dark and wet.
Dark and wet!

Rainforests/Jungle
*Terrariums are easy to make from plastic soda or water bottles. Have
everyone bring a bottle with the label off. Cut bottle in half. Put
pebbles and potting soil in the bottom half. Plant some small plants and
water it sparingly. Use the top half with the cap on as the lid. Cut 4 1"
places on the cut edge of the lid so as to allow it to fit over the bottom
planted part. The plants will then water themselves from condensation on
the inside of the bottle. They last a long time without care. You add a
ceramic Rainforest animal.
ART
*Get a book on indigenous people of the Rainforest and face paint the children to look like the tribal people. Then string beads for tribal necklaces.
Make Rainforest collages from Rainforest products------coffee, sugar, tea.
* Have a pretend trip to "The Jungle".  decorate  toilet paper binoculars and go on a Safari. Hide animals all over and  pretended to put on our backpacks, hats etc. Then stop in the middle cause it was so hot and have a pretend drink of water and put on  sunscreen.
Children's Literature
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
Rainforest Nature Search by Sterry and Robinson
Exotic Rainforests by Anita Ganeri
Here Is the Tropical Rain Forest by Madeleine Dunphy
At Home in the Rainforest by Diane Willow
How Green Are You? by David Bellamy

Discussion:
levels of a Rainforest.
The emergent level is the top level of the Rainforest. The canopy is the next layer where monkeys, apes and exotic plants live. The canopy is like living under a big green umbrella. The understory is the next layer. It is the home of bats, frogs, butterflies and many other animals. Finally is the forest floor. It's dark on the Rainforest floor because the trees keep most of the light out.
*As a class activity, the children will be dipping their palms in green paint to make palm prints covering several large sheets of paper. Once dry, these will serve as a background for our class Rainforest. As we learn about the Rainforest we will add food, plants, and animals to our mural.
*In an effort to visually inspire students about the animals of the rainforest, students will construct a variety of simple puppets. The butterfly can be made out of paper cut into a butterfly shape. Fold paper in 1/2 & cut out shape. On the fold staple a straw for the child to hold.
* The frogs can be made by cutting out simple frog shapes & gluing a stick or staple a straw to the frog.
The toucans can be done like the frogs using a bird shape. You might try cutting 2 beaks & using 2 brass brads so that that can move.
Food Experience
Frozen Banana Snack:
Freeze bananas, when frozen remove and dip in chocolate and then in colored sprinkles.

Title: RAINFOREST MURAL
Submitted by
We created a wall size rain forest by creating huge trees for the canopy. Cut cloud shapes and fingerpaint yellow/blue to crate green. Trunk color is brown. These shapes are overlapped to show very little light getting through. The mid section are fern leaf sections. Again cut palm leaf patterns and paint. The bottom section is grass-like borders and can be painted by the children or offer lengths of green paper to practice cutting skills, be sure to leave at least 1-2 inches uncut to form border. Then using patterns from books to get shapes of jungle animals and exotic flowers, let the children color their favorite flower and animal. Place these in the section of the rain forest in which they would be found. For example ,toucans are found in the middle layer and tree frogs are found in the last layer of the forest floor. If you are covering the theme of letters' use U for umbrella and use people shapes to create your class. Let the children decorate the people shapes in raincoats and an umbrella to walk along the forest floor on a field trip. Be sure to include yourself. After the mural is done, take a picture of each child standing by the forest and a group shot to record the project. When you dismantle it, let each child chose a flower, a leaf, and an animal. Laminate these with a dictated story about the Rainforest to create a class book and later to give at the end of the year to remember the unit and give the picture taken.

Rainforests/Jungle
Submitted by Sandra
*Terrariums are easy to make from plastic soda or water bottles. Have everyone bring a bottle with the label off. Cut bottle in half. Put pebbles and potting soil in the bottom half. Plant some small plants and water it sparingly. Use the top half with the cap on as the lid. Cut 4 1" places on the cut edge of the lid so as to allow it to fit over the bottom planted part. The plants will then water themselves from condensation on the inside of the bottle. They last a long time without care. You add a ceramic Rainforest animal.
Make newspaper trees by taking 3 sheets of newspaper and roll them up overlapping as you go. Tape the bottom. Cut about 4 or 6 slashes 1/3 of the way down the top. Gently pull up on one of the inside "leaves" and then you have a paper tree.
*Get a book on indigenous people of the Rainforest and face paint the children to look like the tribal people. Then string beads for tribal necklaces.
Make Rainforest collages from Rainforest products------coffee, sugar, tea.* Our class is working on "The Jungle". Yesterday we decorated our toilet paper binoculars and went on a Safari. I hid animals all over and we pretended to put on our backpacks, hats etc. Then we stopped in the middle cause it was so hot and had a pretend drink of water and put on our sunscreen.
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
Rainforest Nature Search by Sterry and Robinson
Exotic Rainforests by Anita Ganeri
Here Is the Tropical Rain Forest by Madeleine Dunphy
At Home in the Rainforest by Diane Willow
How Green Are You? by David Bellamy
If you decorate the room to look like a Rainforest, you could use some steam vaporizers. This will enable the children to understand more about the type of weather that is found in the Rainforest.
draw and color a picture of a Rainforest. As they finished, they dictated a few words to me about their pictures. I compiled the papers into a class book. I'm using it as my pre assessment of their "rainforestness" . Tomorrow, I'll be talking to the children about the four levels of a Rainforest.
The emergent level is the top level of the Rainforest. The canopy is the
next layer where monkeys, apes and exotic plants live. The canopy is like
living under a big green umbrella. The understory is the next layer. It is
the home of bats, frogs, butterflies and many other animals. Finally is the
forest floor. It's dark on the Rainforest floor because the trees keep
most of the light out.
*As a class activity, the children will be dipping their palms in green paint to make palm prints covering several large sheets of paper. Once dry, these will serve as a background for our class Rainforest. As we learn about the Rainforest we will add food, plants, and animals to our mural.
*In an effort to visually inspire students about the animals of the rainforest, students will construct a variety of simple puppets. The butterfly can be made out of paper cut into a butterfly shape. Fold paper in 1/2 & cut out shape. On the fold staple a straw for the child to hold.
* The frogs can be made by cutting out simple frog shapes & gluing a stick or staple a straw to the frog.
The toucans can be done like the frogs using a bird shape. You might try cutting 2 beaks & using 2 brass brads so that that can move.
* THREE TALKING TOUCANS
THREE TALKING TOUCANS SITTING IN A TREE
THE FIRST ONE TURNED & SQUAWKED AT ME!
THREE LITTLE TOUCANS SITTING IN A ROW
THE SECOND ONE SAID FLAP MY WINGS, WATCH ME GO!"
THREE LITTLE TOUCANS SITTING SIDE BY SIDE
THE THIRD ONE SAID"MY BRIGHT BEAK OPEN WIDE!"
THREE FROLICKING RED EYED TREE FROGS
THREE LITTLE FROGS SITTING IN A TREE
THE FIRST ONE TURNED & JUMPED TOWARDS ME!
THREE LITTLE LITTLE FROGS HOPPING ALL ABOUT
THE SECOND ONE SAID "AT NIGHT'S WHEN I COME OUT!"
THREE LITTLE FROGS LEAPING TREE TO TREE
THE THIRD ONE SAID"HEY,WAIT FOR ME!
THE MIGHTY MORPHO BUTTERFLIES
THREE MORPHO BUTTERFLIES GLIDING THROUGH THE TREES
THE FIRST ONE SWOOPED TO TAKE A LOOK AT ME!
THREE MORPHO BUTTERFLIES SITTING ON A LEAF
THE SECOND ONE WAS TRYING TO EAT SOMETHING SWEET!
THREE MORPHO BUTTERFLIES FLITTING ALL ABOUT
THE THIRD ONE LANDED ON MY SNOUT!
My kids love to act out the these verses. I pick 3 children & as I read they do what the verse states. I will continue until all the children have had a turn. This works well w/any verse that has a numerals in it.
We did a frog's day today and my kids really loved a craft that we made (definitely a craft not an art project but fun). We took corks and colored them green with crayon. Then we took a green pipe cleaner and wrapped it around the cork, twisted it, then bent the long ends into frog shaped legs. A string that had been tied to the pipe cleaner can be used to pull the float able frog through water. Sheesh, such a simple thing and the kids played with them all day! I'm sure they were in some bathtubs tonight.
http//haskell.cs.yale.edu/sjl/froggy/origami/origami.html
http://www.ran.org/ran/kids_action/index.html)
*Jungle Animal Centerpiece (Edible) Pick an apple that will stand up by
itself nicely. Cut the apple in
half, horizontally. Place the two cut ends in a little lemon juice, to
retard browning). Cut a plastic straw into 3 equal pieces. Pick 3 jungle
animals from a pkg. of animal crackers. Place the straws into the bottom
half of an apple evenly. Attach each animal cracker with a dot of peanut
butter.
Press top half of apple into bottom half of apple. Instant animal carousel.
* I also change my room into a jungle for the unit. I put up pictures of jungle animals around the room, the house center is changed into a library with books about jungle animals. I also hang leaves (cut out of large green construction paper) and vines (large green construction paper cut out in a spiral pattern) from the ceiling. From the vines I hang construction paper monkeys and bananas. I usually do this after the children leave so when they come in the next day they find their room has turned into a jungle. To go along with this I read the book, "Where the Wild Things Are". * After taking about what animals live in the jungle, I ask the children to draw and cut out three or more animals that live in the jungle. We make binoculars out of toilet paper rolls. When the children are not there, I tape the pictures out in the hall and then we go out on a safari. The children are to find the pictures that belong to them.
Animal Cracker Art is a great project and requires very little prep time.
Supplies needed:
* Light blue Construction paper
* Animal Crackers
* Glue
* Crayons or markers (Crayons work better)
Give each child a sheet of light blue construction paper and let them create a scene for their animal crackers to appear in. (They have a much easier time if you prepare an example for them to look at). After each child has completed their scene just glue the animal crackers to their picture. This is a great project for the children to do,and we finished off the box of Animal Crackers when we completed the project.
TAKE A WALK IN THE RAINFOREST
There are four levels of the rainforest.Let's take a walk & see.
The Emergent Level of the Rainforest is the tops of the tallest trees.
Vultures,Mosquitoes,flying Geckos
Glide on skin from head to toe
Harpy eagles almost four feet tall
Look around 'cause that's not all
There are four levels of the rainforest.Let's take a walk & see.
If we could bend way back & look up high,we'd see the Canopy.
Fruit Bats,Toucans Parakeets too
And Howler Monkeys,to name a few
It looks like broccoli we would say
From the window of a plane on a sunny day
There a four levels of the rainforest.Let's take a walk & see.
Look straight up,we will find what's called the Understory.
Bromeliads and orchids are called Epiphytes
They grow without soil at different heights
Butterflies,Tree Frogs,& hummingbirds
Are some of the sounds that can be heard
There is one more level of the rainforest.We've reached the number
four.
The lowest level of the Rainforest is simply called the Floor.
Clay and sand & fallen leaves
Mold & fungus,buttressed roots of trees
Insects,Millipedes,crocodile
Anacondas & natives who love to smile.
At the four levels of the Rainforest ...let's take a walk & see.
There are four levels of the rainforest.Name them now with me.
Emergent Layer & canopy
Are one & two.Let's go for three.
The Understory,don't forget number four
The lowest level,the forest Floor.
*Little froggy (tune: I'm a little teapot)
See the little froggy
Swimming in the pool
The water's great-
It's nice and cool
when he gets all cleaned up
Out he'll hop
Squeeky clean
From bottom to top.
See the little froggy
On the lily pad
Trying to catch flies
She's getting sad.
When she catches one,
She'll gobble it up
Back in the water
She'll go kerplop!
*Baby Frogs
Ribbit Ribbit said mama frog
Sitting on a great big log
"Where are my babies, where can they be?
Then out of the pond jumped one, two and three.
(Hold up three fingers , one at a time)
She was happy as could be,
But where were the other? She couldn't see.
So, "Ribbit, ribbit," she called again.
The out they jumped---4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10.
(hold up remaining fingers one at a time)
* Five little freckled frogs setting on a speckled log (5 fingers on bent
arm)
Eating the MOST delicious bugs, yum, yum! (pick bugs out of air, rub tummy)
One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool, (finger hops in pool)
Then there were four freckled frogs!
Continue with four frogs, then three, and so on.
Then there were NO freckled frogs!
* For our wall/bulletin board we did a zoo train. I cut out the engine and about 20 cars. The kids found zoo animal picture, cut them out and glued them onto the cars. We also labeled each of the cars with the animal names.
* A collage from animal crackers
*A giraffe shape orange paper, and sponge paint it with black paint to make spots
* Cookie cutter and sponges of zoo animals - printing
*manipulatives - small zoo animals (goodie bag stuffers) and strawberry basket cages for sorting
* block center - sent a note home to send in zoo type stuffed animals and we built a zoo from lg cardboard blocks
*dramatics - added "vet" supplies to dramatics center
*outdoors/gross motor - set up an obsticle course, make binoculars from TP tubes, hang up laminated pics of wild/zoo animals around the course, and go on a safari!

*Circle - Goin' on a Lion Hunt
*Fluffy Birds Glue 2 popsicle sticks together to form a cross. Glue real colored or paper feathers onto the cross leaving the top for a head. Glue paper head on top OR use markers as eyes & beak.
* Zany Zebras Give each child a construction paper picture of a zebra with no stripes, mane, or tail. Use a fine brush or Q-tip & have them make stripes with black tempera paint. When paint dries, glue strips of florescent paper on neck & tail. Have the kids fringe paper.

Re: Rain Forest Ideas
Submitted by Betty
To begin with, I hang green streamers and brown vines(the children help twist long strips of brown bul.bd. paper) to give the room the "feel" of the jungle.
We study the different monkeys and then let the children create their own monkey. The body is a rectangle(6"X9") -choices of black, orange or brown.  They then add strips of the same color (or let them be creative) for the legs and arms. They can add a curled pipe cleaner for the tail or create a tail out of the strips.  They cut their own monkey heads from a pattern (a simple outline of the head and ears) and add a white, manilla, orange, or red face(whatever would represent the monkeys you studied).   Children then draw their own faces.  I am going on memory because we do this theme in early May...
Five Little Monkeys, fingerplay and interactive chart
5 little monkeys sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, "You can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Crocodile, as hungry as can be
And SNAP!
4 little monkeys sitting in a tree, etc.
Commercial Music:
Check out "Deep In the Jungle"  CD by Joe Scruggs........you'll love it!
ART:
We make flowers out of coffee filters and water colors.  Also, red flowers out of rolled red construction paper that is slit down and the center slightly pulled up.  Remember those neat newspaper wands?  Like those......hard to describe...The name of the flower has left this brain........sorry
We  paint snakes on brown paper bags on which I have programmed a spiral.  Children are encouraged to make a pattern...but no big deal! Cut out and hang all over the room.
We study the different kind of poisonous frogs(children LOVE this...can't believe they can be poisonous!)...and then they finger paint or simply paint  on a frog outline.
Our favorite book is, JUMP, FROG! JUMP!  ( I forget the author)...The book is wonderful for sequencing and predicting.  I made up a little poem and put it on a pop-up simple book that they make and take home.: Jump, frog, jump!
Hop, frog, hop!
Go, frog, go!
Do not stop!
The children can find the word frog repeated several times.  By environmental print alone, they probably can find "stop".  We always discuss what " ! "  means.  We discuss the rhyming words...we match words....on and on....
Study the type of butterflies and make mosaic butterflies.
We take a simple toucan outline and the children lay small tissue paper squares and liquid starch over them. They cut and glue on a big yellow or orange beak.
All of the above, we hang in the room and out in the hall on a add-as-we-go mural.
Math,,,,,I just recently found frogs at the dollar store...10/$1.00   and have found lizards -somewhere.

RAINFOREST RAP
Submitted by Betty
Chick-a-boom
Teacher:  I said boom- chick-a-boom
children repeat
Teacher:  I said boom -chick-a-boom
children repeat
Teacher:  I said boom-chick-a-rocka-chick-a-rocka chick-a boom
children repeat
Teacher:  uh, huh
children repeat
Teacher:  Oh, yeah!
children repeat
Teacher:  Now let's say it in __________talk! ( repeat with various sounds i.e., baby talk, monster talk, whining talk, mad talk, whispering, etc.)

 

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