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  1. Lesson Title: Rain Forests
  2. Subject Area:Language Arts , Math , Science , Art , Social Studies , Music , Drama , Technology
  3. Grade Level: 3-5
  4. Time: 6 week project
  5. Lesson Summary:Students will:
    1. Receive an overview of lesson (teacher power point presentation)
    2. Learn about the layers of the rain forest (teacher created power point presentations),
    3. Create a paper rain forest in the classroom including animals drawn with information cards researched by students using Amazing Amazon Trail CD-ROM,
    4. Take notes on teacher''s presentation and write a paragraph in a book to make a layer book of the rain forest,
    5. Take a videotape of creating the rain forest, make a storyboard and use editing equipment to create a documentary type video about the layers of the rain forest.
    6. Create Power Point Presentations (have them for open house) using research done at specific sites on the internet, Encarta, Grolier and World Book CD-ROMs and Rain Forest library books.
    7. Write a newsletter about the rain forest to inform students at the school.
    8. Inform email buddies of rainforest information and their projects. 9. Visit the class website to see selected published projects teacher has uploaded
  6. Objectives:
    1. Students will use note taking, report writing, storyboard writing, keyboarding, Power Point and video editing skills previously learned.
    2. Students will be learning about another environment, creating products to enhance learning.
    3. Students will use prior knowledge of other environments to help them know what, where, and how to research. 4. Students will understand the need to take care of the environment for their future and share the information with email buddies and school friends using a newsletter.
    5. Students will use research and note taking to learn of a new environment.
    6.Students will write a report on a specific part of the environment. Students will also write a book telling about the layers of the forest. Writing rubric will be used for evaluation.
    7. Students will give an oral report using a power point presentation. Students and teacher will evaluate using a rubric.
  7. Prerequisite Skills:
    1. Simple research skills
    2. Keyboarding
    3. How to use Amazon Trail CD-ROM to get information
    4. How to use scanner, digital camera, video camera and editing equipment
    5. How to create a newsletter using MS Publisher
    6. How to create PPT presentation
    7. How to use URL to move on the internet
  8. Materials and Resources:
    Technology: Computer(s) , Television , VCR , Video Camera , Scanner , Printer , Digital Camera , Internet Connection , Multimedia Software , Word Processing Softwar , Image Processing Software , Web Page Development Software , Desktop Publishing Software , Internet Web Browser , E-mail Software , Encyclopedia on CD-ROM
    Printed Materials: Variety of library books on the rain forest Into the Rain Forest by The Nature Company Rain Forests by Joy Palmer
    Supplies: Premade books for Layer books, (seeRain Forest Layer Book) Butcher paper to make paper rain forest Crayons, markers or colored pencils Scissors Handouts Push pins, staplers and staples Paint for paper rain forest leaves
    Others:Computers Software-Amazing Amazon Trail, MS Word, MS Publisher, MS Power Point, Encarta, Grolier, World Book or other research software or books Digital Camera, scanner, video camera and video editing equipment Access to the internet.Video-National Geographic \\"Rain Forest\\"
  9. Procedures: 1. Teacher introduces overall 6 week unit with Power Point Presentation.
    2. Students view National Geographic Video.
    3. Teacher presentation of Power Points describing each layer of the rain forest. Students take notes and write a paragraph about the layer in their rain forest book. Students draw and color the layer on the outside of the book. (Students will later use the notes to create a script for the video)
    4. Run 5 different stations. Station 1. 5 students create the specific layer (this is done after the teacher gives the presentation for the day)of the rainforest using butcher paper.(see Paper Rainforest) Station 2. 5 students video tape the process of making the layer of rainforest. Students should use some wide angle shots and some close ups of flowers and animals. Station 3. 4 students research animals using Amazing Amazon Trails CD-ROM. (work in partners using 2 computers) Station 4. 4 students research subjects for power point presentations. ( students work as partners using 2 computers) . Specific subjects are: RAIN FOREST PRODUCTS (www.ran.org/ran/kids_action/index1.html) (, WHERE ARE RAIN FOREST (www.nosweat.com)
    5. (ANIMALS OF THE RAIN FOREST (http://168.238.53/amazon/index.htm (http:/kids.osd.wednet.edu/marshall/homepage/animal.html), (http:/hyperion.advanced.org),PLANTS OF THE RAINFORESTS ((http://hyperion.advanced.org) (www.pbs.org/tal/costa_rica/variety.html) (http://168.238.53/amazon/index.htm (http://kids.osd.wednet.edu/marshall/homepage/plants.html), WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE RAIN FORESTS (http://168.238.53/amazon/index.htm (http://www.ran.org/ran/kids_action/index1.html), Station 5. Students drawing and coloring animals and flowers for the rain forest layer. Students will have a chance to be at a different station each day. When Power Point Presentations or paper rainforest is done, students will start writing storyboard and script for video. Then they will do the editing.
    6. Students have 2 times a week when they will be able to take turns as partners to use the internet for research in the library and will have scheduled times to work on the computers to finish research and Power Point Presentations. At the beginning of the period, students will email their buddies.
    7. Students will present oral reports using Power Point Presentation and evaluate peers.
    8. Students will use created rain forest to enjoy a quite place to read.
    9. Finished rain forest layer books will be on desks at open house.
    10. Students will watch and critique video.
    11. Students will visit the class webpage to enjoy seeing selected projects published.
  10. Conclusion/Evaluation of Lesson: 1. Writing will be evaluated using writing rubric. 2. Power Point Presentations will be evaluated using teacher created rubric, student evaluation form and oral report rubric. 3. Video will be evaluated for cooperative group work, for content, and for technical work using point charts.
  11. Modification for Differentiated Instruction:
    Special Needs:1.Student can be partnered with more experienced computer user. 2. This and extra teacher time helps these students to be successful. 3. The student are not expected to have as much information or show in their presentations
    Gifted Student:1. Creative thinking on emphasis of project can stimulate more web searches and more interesting information on the slides. Slides can be added to bring in appropriate emphasis. Actual science experimenting will also be encouraged for these students. 2. Exploring the people of the rainforest might be of interest to the student. The student could add to the class storyboard, dress up like a native rain forest inhabitant to add a segment to the video.



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