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

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the science and social studies Unit 1, 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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