Our Unit study came about from the desire of my boys to learn more about the Amazon Rain forest. I guess I could blame (or think) the creators of the movie Rio 2. After watching it Aidan & Noah were full of questions about the Amazon and about Brazil (we will be learning more about Brazil in our geography studies).
Day 1: What Is The Rain Forest?
To begin our Unit Study I read chapter one from Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Rain Forest. This book follows the outline of our entire Rain Forest study. It's a great resource!
On Day 1 the boys learned what you can find in a rain forest, where they are located in the world, the water cycle of a rain forest, what an equator is, the tropic of cancer, tropic of Capricorn and more!
~ Science Notebooks: The boys have been adding their Science lessons into their own science notebooks this year. This helps to keep everything together and we can look back to see what they have learned. Below are two printables they completed and added to their notebooks. ((Tropical Rainforest Of The World Map Printable))
~ Finding the Amazon Rainforest on our maps in South America and reading about "Rainforests" in our Earth IQ book. Brazil has 60%, Peru has 13%, and Columbia has 10% while other countries have very small parts of the rainforest within their borders.
~ Youtube: The boys watched - Magic School Bus Explores The Rainforest
and A Night In The Rainforest (click on the link to find the video).
~ We also searched online and looked at MANY different photos of the Amazon Rainforest. Discussing what we saw.
~ We finished day 1 by reading the book Rain Forest, Rain Forest written by: Brenda Guiberson
~ Field Trip: A few weeks ago we went on a field trip to the North Carolina Zoo the theme of the zoo this summer was Rio 2 which went along perfect with our unit study. While at the zoo we saw plants, birds and animals that were indigenous to the Amazon Rain forest.
Come back and join us as we continue learning about the Amazon Rain forest! We have many activities and another fun field trip planned!
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