The Rain Forest
Age 7-9: Concept 4 - Relationships: Unit 1

In this unit, your child will explore the people, plants, and animals of the tropical rain forest. He will discover rain forest products in his own home and gain an appreciation for the relationships among living things in the rain forest.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the literature unit One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Welcome to the Rain Forest (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Plants of the Rain Forest (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Animals of the Rain Forest (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: People of the Rain Forest (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Preserving the Rain Forest (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Rain Forest Brochure or Diorama

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Discuss the effects of an author's word choice. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize and comprehend figurative language. (Language Arts)
  • Ask and answer questions about organisms, objects, and events. (Science)
  • Compare and give examples of the ways living organisms depend on each other and their environments. (Science)
  • Construct reasonable explanations and draw conclusions using information and prior knowledge. (Science)
  • Identify characteristics of living organisms. (Science)
  • Identify the external characteristics of different kinds of plants and animals that allow their needs to be met. (Science)
  • Identify uses of natural resources. (Science)
  • Observe and record the functions of plant parts. (Science)
  • Cite ways people modify the physical environment to meet their needs and explain the consequences. (Social Studies)
  • Compare similarities and differences among cultures in various communities. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and describe the people, vegetation, and animal life specific to certain regions and describe their interdependence. (Social Studies)
  • Identify multiple roles performed by individuals in their families and communities. (Social Studies)
  • Identify natural resources and cite ways people conserve and replenish natural resources. (Social Studies)
  • Interpret maps, charts, and pictures of locations. (Social Studies)
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