Building Background Knowledge: Examining the Unique Living Things of the Rainforests and the Scientists Who Study Them

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Gorillas, tigers, and tree frogs ... welcome to the rainforest! Scholars complete a KWL chart to determine what they already know—and what they want to find out—about the rainforest. Next, they participate in a gallery walk, viewing images and texts related to the rainforest and recording their thoughts in a journal. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Show a brief video about rainforests
Classroom Considerations
  • First lesson from the 10-part Grade 5 ELA Module 2a, Unit 1 series
  • In advance, print out and display images and text about the rainforest
Pros
  • Includes helpful teaching notes
  • Offers strategies for accommodating English learners
Cons
  • None