The Rainforest

You are going on an adventure in the rainforest, remember to use the buddy system! For this assignment, you and a classmate will be pretending you are natives to the rainforest, and need to teach the new tourists all about the land. The tourist know nothing about the rain forest, and are relying on you to help them become experts! The different levels the tourist will want to know about are the Emergent Layer, the Canopy, the Understory, and the Rainforest Floor.

Create two presentation that demonstrates the four different layers of the rainforest using the list below. If you have other idea, be sure to discuss it ahead of time. Be sure to include: plants and animals (discussing details of their lives and their relation to one another). Research the four layers of the rainforest, be sure to find interesting facts and details.

Create your presentation using one of the following:
Publisher (create a brochure)
  • Include at least three pictures
  • Research and include one animal from each layer (Emergent Layer, Canopy, the Understory, and the Rainforest Floor)
  • Keep detailed notes on note card
  • Keep a working bibliography to accompany your notes
  • Use the sites listed below, make sure they are trustworthy (such as the ones provided)
  • Use program to neatly display your information in a brochure

PowerPoint (create a slide show)

  • Include at least four pictures and animations for each slide
  • Research and include one plant from each layer (Emergent Layer, the Canopy, the Understory, and the Rainforset Floor)
  • Keep detailed notes on note cards
  • Keep a working bibliography to accompany your notes
  • Use the sites listed below, make sure they are trustworthy (such as the ones provided)
  • Use program to display information in a neat and orderly way

First find a partner, be sure to clear with the teacher.
Next begin researching (use only the sites below).

Research the four layers of the rainforest

  1. Emergent Layer
  2. The Canopy
  3. The Understory
  4. The Rainforest Floor

    Pay particular attention to the animals and plants. For each layer chose one animal and one plant and find the following:
    1. Life cycle (chose a plant and animal from each layer)
    2. Physical features that help them survive, for example:
      1. Specialized teeth for eating
      2. Thorns for protection
      3. Insulation for cold temperature
  5. Know the relations between the different organisms
    1. Predator vs. prey
    2. Parasite vs. host
    3. Food chains & food webs


The Rainforest Layers
The Rainforest Animals
Rainforest Food Chain

Illinois Learning Standards

STATE GOAL 12: Understand the fundamental concepts, principles and interconnections of the life, physical and earth/space sciences.
A. Know and apply concepts that explain how living things funcĀ­tion, adapt and change.

12.A.2a Describe simple life cycles of plants and animals and the similarities and differences in their offspring.

B. Know and apply concepts that describe how living things interact with each other and with their environment.

12.B.2a Describe relationships among various organisms in their enviroment (e.g., predator/prey, parasite/host, food chains and food webs).

12.B.2b Identify physical features of plants and animals that help them live in different enviroments (e.g., specialized teeth for eating certain foods, thorns for protection, insulation for the cold temperature).

1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
using technology. Students:
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance,
to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments
and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make
informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical
behavior. Students:
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. understand and use technology systems.
b. select and use applications effectively and productively.

Please turn in two rubrics on the day of your presentation. One for each presentation method you used.

You are now a rainforest expert. The rainforest is full of interesting plants and animals on the different layers. As you have learned, each layer is unique and necessary. Be sure to share all that you have learned with the natives (your classmates) and the tourist (those with less knowledge then you) all about what you have learned.