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Perched Parrot Decorative Chair

Explore the rainforest! Wildlife knowledge takes center stage when students construct this animal- and plant-decorated chair.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. During a study the world's rainforests, ask students to identify what animals and plants can be found living there. What is the habitat like? Discuss why rainforests are so important for the Earth's ecology.
    2. Organize students into small groups. Compile a variety of text and electronic resources for students to use when researching one animal, such as a bird, reptile, or insect.
    3. Once research is complete, student groups will crate a decorative chair illustrating their learning about the rainforest and their selected animal. Begin by cutting cardboard into a large square with Crayola® Scissors. If using wrapping-paper rolls, cut them in half or thirds for chair legs. Stand four cardboard tubes (all the same length) on the corners of the cardboard. Attach them with Crayola School Glue. Dry.
    4. Turn the chair over so it stands on its legs. Glue two more cardboard tubes near corners of the seat to form the chair back. Dry.
    5. Cut smaller pieces of cardboard for slats on the back of the chair. Glue these cross pieces from one tube to the other. Dry.
    6. Cut out other cardboard parts for your chair, such as a head, ears, a tail, or webbed feet, depending on your animal. Glue them on. Dry.
    7. Students cover work areas with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Tempera Paint to paint the chair. Dry.
    8. Add finishing touches to the chair such as spots or whiskers, vines or flowers, with a second coat of paint. Dry. Glue on decorations if so desired. Dry.
    9. Groups organize a presentation of their learning about rainforests animals for classmates. Provide time in the school day for these presentations.
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

    LA: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text.

    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.

    LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    SCI: Observe and compare the many kinds of living things that are found in different areas.

    SCI: Analyze a representation of a particular habitat showing the locations and shapes of both land and water features of that habitat and communicate how the land and water support animals and plants.

    SCI: Construct an explanation about the effect of environmental changes – whether slow or rapid – on the survival of plants and animals that live there.

    SCI: Obtain and communicate information that some kinds of animals and plants that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere, although others living now may resemble them.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Animals In The Shower by Mary Ann Rogers; A Rainforest Habitat by Molly Aloian; Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes; The Umbrella by Jan Brett; Nature's Green Umbrella by Gail Gibbons

    Students work in small teams to sketch a world map, including all countries' boundaries. Students identify the location of all rainforests on the planet. Include additional student selected information for each rainforest. Post maps in the classroom.

    Students work in small groups to research how the loss of trees, insects, flora, and fauna of rainforests is affecting the entire global community. Organize research into presentation format to share with classmates.

    Students work individually or in teams of two to investigate animals that have become endangered or extinct because of human intervention in the rainforests. What happened to the habitat that caused the animal or insect to become endangered and/or extinct. Sketch the species and write information about the species to accompany the sketch. Display in the classroom.

    Students create additional chairs that show wildlife from other habitats such as the ocean, desert, or farm animals. Include a summary of what the animal is, how it exists in its home habitat and additional information as selected by the students.

    Students work in small groups to create original posters campaigning to stop the destruction of rainforests and protect the plants and animals that live in them. Display posters in the school hallways.


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