Rainforest Lesson Plan and Wikki Stix Animals February 22 2010

Your students will love creating their own rainforest, rainforest animal and rainforest report. This habitat lesson comes with a free rainforest layer printable template. You'll also find a free, printable rainforest report book.

Materials:

  • free rainforest layer template, tree & animal faces template (black & white or color) For the example, the teacher can use the color template. Students can color the black and white template.
  • free rainforest report book template
  • wikki stix (choose the colors you want for the animals)
  • construction paper (green & blue)
  • shoe box
  • tape
  • glue

Instructions:

  1. Set the shoebox sideways and put the lid on its side.
  2. Glue or tape the rainforest layer template inside of the shoebox.
  3. Glue or tape green construction paper on the inside of the lid and inside of the shoebox to make the forest floor.
  4. Cut blue construction paper and glue it to the forest floor to make a stream.
  5. Color and cut out the tree and leaves. Roll the tree trunk into a cylinder shape. Cut several slits on the bottom and top of the tree trunk. Tape the leaves onto the top (branches) and tape the trunk to the forest floor.
  6. Use wikki stix to design a rainforest animal.

Ways to Use Wikki Stix to Create Animals:

  • Twist - With at least 2 wikki stix, twist the pieces together. (You can see this technique used for the puma.)
  • Roll - Roll the wikki stix in a circular motion, as if making a cinnamon roll. (You can see this technique used for the orangutan.)
  • Fold - Fold the wikki stix back and forth several times. You can layer colors, if you wish. (You can see this technique used for the toucan's beak and wings.)
  • Ball - Roll the wikki stix into a ball, like a ball of yarn. (You can see this technique used for the toucan's body.)

Rainforest Animal Faces:

You can make the animals' faces using any of the following techniques.

  • Free Face Shape Template See page 2 or create your own.
  • Cut very tiny pieces of the wikki stix to make the faces. For the eyes cut out two pieces of white. Roll into a ball. Cut out any other color for the inside of the eye, but slightly smaller than the white pieces. Press the colored pieces into the larger white ball and push it onto the face. You could use any color to create a mouth or beak.
  • Press wiggly eyes onto the face or glue them onto the Free Face Shape Template

Rainforest Report

Students conduct research in order to learn more about their animals. Visiting the school library, supervised internet research and encyclopedias are all excellent resources for research.

Materials:

Students can answer the following questions in their report:

  • Name- What is the scientific name of the animal?
  • Anatomy - Explain the anatomy of the animal. What does it look like?
  • Locomotion - How does the animal move?
  • Diet - Is the animal an herbivore, carnivore or omnivore? How does the animal get food? Where is the animal in a food web?
  • Habitat and Range- What country does your animal live in? Where in the rainforest does the animal prefer to be? Does the animal prefer the forest floor, understory layer, canopy layer or emergent layer of the forest?
  • Adaptations- When you look at the animal do you see something unique that helps it live well in the environment? For example, the orangutan has very strong and long arms. Why do you think the orangutan's arms are so strong.
  • Life Cycle - How does the animal give birth to her young? What is the life cycle like?
  • Survival- Does the animal have any enemies? If so, what does the animal do to protect himself? Is this animal endangered? How many are alive today? What can we do to prevent the animal's extinction?