The kindergarten class just finished a unit about the rainforest. During the week they learned about the four layers of that make up the rainforest: floor, understory, canopy and emergent. Each day they focused on a different layer by reading books and learned about the different animals that would be found in that layer. The students then glued a few of the animals onto a poster to help them remember. Some of the animals they enjoyed learning about were the harpy eagle, morpho butterfly, sloth, toucan, poisonous dart frog, lemur, spider monkey, and tree boa.
They also created our own classroom rainforest!
The students also enjoyed making jaguar puppets and monkey mask.
In the afternoons during their free play time students continued to show what they had been learning. Some drew their own rainforest pictures on the chalkboard, others discussed what they had learned while putting together rainforest puzzles. And one group of students worked together to build their own rainforest using the blocks and toy animals. They were so excited to show what they made and learned.
The students also learned about things that come from the rainforest that we use – like rubber, cocoa, plants that are used for medicine, and many of the fruits that we eat. They were sad to hear that the rainforest is disappearing and that many of the animals are becoming endangered.