Rainforest Wildlife

Rainforest Wildlife lesson plan

Investigate how living things depend on each other for survival needs, then use color blending to make a unique rainforest landscape of animals, plants, and insects.

  • 1.

    Invite students to become familiar with living things in the rainforest through books, video, and computer experiences. Working in small groups, ask students to make a list of plant and animal life in the rainforest. Discuss how plants and animals depend on each other in that natural environment.

  • 2.

    On a large sheet of white paper, students outline a rainforest scene, including both plants and animals, with Crayola® Crayons.

  • 3.

    With Crayola Washable Kid's Paint and Paint Brushes, mix red, blue, yellow, black, and white to blend unique colors. Encourage students to mix hues on a washable surface such as a recycled foam produce tray, or on a paper plate. Experiment to find ways to lighten and darken colors.

  • 4.

    Paint over and inside the crayon outlines to illustrate a richly dense Rainforest Wildlife environment.

  • 5.

    Provide an opportunity for students to present their artwork to small groups of classmates. Encourage groups to include significant information from their research in their presentation.


  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Explore causes, consequences, and possible solutions to persistent, contemporary, and emerging global issues, such as pollution and endangered species.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes; A Rainforest Habitat by Molly Aloian; The Umbrella by Jan Brett; Tropical Rainforests by Seymour Simon
  • Students work in small groups to act out the movements and sounds of their animals as a dramatic response to a story about the rainforest.
  • Encourage each student in the class to select a living species found in the rainforest. Children investigate the species that they have chosen and organize their research into an oral presentation for classmates.