One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest
Age 7-9: Concept 4 - Relationships: Unit 1

Journey through the rain forest with Tepui on the most important day of his life as he searches for a butterfly that no one has ever seen. Learn how to outline plots, write and dramatize scripts, and be persuasive in writing and speech.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the science and social studies unit The 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: The Rain Forests
  • Lesson 2: Morning in the Rain Forest
  • Lesson 3: The Tree
  • Lesson 4: Butterfly Search
  • Lesson 5: Rain Forest Relationships
  • Lesson 6: Law of the Jungle
  • Lesson 7: Helping a Friend
  • Lesson 8: Persuasive Writing (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: A Close Call
  • Final Project: Field Guide or Documentary

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Compose first drafts using an appropriate writing process. (Language Arts)
  • Comprehend and examine an author's decisions and word choice. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate learning through productions and displays such as murals, written and oral reports, and dramatizations. (Language Arts)
  • Develop drafts. (Language Arts)
  • Develop vocabulary by listening to and discussing both familiar and conceptually challenging selections read aloud. (Language Arts)
  • Develop vocabulary through reading. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, and concepts within and across texts. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss the effect of an author's choices for nouns, verbs, modifiers, and specific vocabulary to help the reader comprehend a narrative or expository text. (Language Arts)
  • Edit for appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, and features of polished writings. (Language Arts)
  • Explain and describe new concepts and information in own words. (Language Arts)
  • Generate ideas for writing by using prewriting techniques such as drawing and listing key thoughts. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the musical elements of literary language, such as metaphor. (Language Arts)
  • Increase oral and written vocabulary by listening, discussing, and composing texts when responding to literature that is read and heard. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret information from diagrams, charts, and maps. (Language Arts)
  • Locate and discuss examples of an author's use of specific word choice. (Language Arts)
  • Make predictions about events in text. (Language Arts)
  • Plan and make judgments about what to include in written products. (Language Arts)
  • Present dramatic interpretations of experiences, stories, poems, or plays. (Language Arts)
  • Read expository materials for answers to specific questions. (Language Arts)
  • Recall the main idea, facts, and details from a text. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize the story problem(s) or plot. (Language Arts)
  • Represent text information in different ways - including story maps, graphs, and charts. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to stories and poems in ways that reflect understanding: discussion (speculating and questioning), writing, movement, music, art, and drama. (Language Arts)
  • Retell a spoken message by summarizing or clarifying. (Language Arts)
  • Retell or act out the order of important events in stories. (Language Arts)
  • Revise selected drafts to achieve a sense of audience, make precise word choices, and create vivid images. (Language Arts)
  • Use editing to check and confirm correct use of conventions. (Language Arts)
  • Use multiple sources including print, technology, and experts, to locate answers to questions. (Language Arts)
  • Use text for a variety of functions, including literary, informational, and practical. (Language Arts)
  • Write in different forms for different purposes such as lists to record, letters to invite or thank, and stories or poems to entertain. (Language Arts)
  • Write to communicate with a variety of audiences. (Language Arts)
  • Write to discover, develop, and refine ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Ask and answer questions about organisms, objects, and events. (Science)
  • Classify and sequence organisms, objects, and events based on properties and patterns. (Science)
  • Compare and give examples of the ways living organisms depend on each other and their environments. (Science)
  • Recognize the story problem or plot. (LA) (Science)
  • Identify and describe the people, vegetation, and animal life specific to certain regions and describe their interdependence. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the absolute and relative location of communities. (Social Studies)
  • Interpret maps, charts, and pictures of locations. (Social Studies)
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