Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rainforest Fun

I apologize for being away.  It's been really hectic here and I'm in mourning because spring was here for about a week and now it's snowing.  SNOWING!  I couldn't wait to get some of my container plants going, and now each night my bathtub gets filled with pots so that I don't lose them to the cold temperatures and snow.  On the plus side, the bathroom smells wonderful each morning! :) Our cat, Moxie, is also sad because she likes to lay out on our balcony in the sunshine, but there hasn't been much of that either.

Anywho, we've been studying the rainforest in science class and I've got my kiddos doing a doozy of a project.  They each randomly drew a rainforest animal and are giving an oral report in front of the class.  You should have seen some of their faces when I announced this! They are also creating some kind of representation of their animals at home to present during their reports.  I'm really excited to see what they come up with.  I'll post pictures when they're all finished.

I actually had to do the same project when I was in third grade and I was assigned the three-toed sloth.  I sucked at art and could not figure out how to make a 3D replica of a sloth so I sketched a large picture on paper, cut it out, stapled it to another paper, and stuffed it with Kleenex!  Oh lordy, how awful it was! :)  The awfulness of it will forever be etched into my memory because I was so disappointed with myself.  Hopefully my kiddos will have a different experience.  I'm doing everything I can to help them feel prepared because I know how scary it can be to speak in front of the class.  If anyone's interested in my letter to parents, rubric, or research organizer, let me know and I'll share!

While we're learning about the rainforest, I wanted the kids to make a flip book of its layers.  I envisioned it in my mind and searched TPT for something similar so I wouldn't have to spend my weekend creating one, but alas, that's what I had to do.  I think it turned out really well and we'll be using it in class this week.


You can find it along with an anchor chart and a review worksheet in my TPT shop by clicking HERE.

Cross your fingers that I'll be able to leave my plants outside at night sometime this month!  Hope you all are having better luck with the spring weather.

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