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Details and descriptions of rainforest scenes come alive in narrative stories, poems, and plays and in original oil pastel illustrations.
Invite students, working in small groups, to research the rainforest. What lives there? What colors are abundant? What kinds of adventures might take place in the rain forest? Students may wish to generate a list of additional focus questions for this inquiry. Organize students into small groups for this activity and provide them with a variety of text and electronic resources to view.
When research is complete, students choose the style of narrative they will write about the rainforest. If it's a short story, ask students to develop a story map, including main character, beginning, middle, and end. Poets choose a form for poems. Playwrights prepare a story line before working on the dialogue. Students write their final work with Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils.
Student groups illustrate their writing with Crayola Oil Pastels on colored construction paper, which will enable them to create interesting background effects. Bring out the physical details of characters, setting, action, or other specific images. Blend pastels by rubbing with a fingertip or paper towel. Add details by using pastel over pastel.
Provide time in the school day for each group of students to present their drawings to small groups of classmates. Encourage them to include research facts in their talks about the rainforest.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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