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Lesson Subject: Topic:

Life Science: Habitats: The Rainforest
Lesson Overview &
Learning Environment:
Students have an understanding of how a habitat
helps living things survive. Today students will learn
about rainforest and the impact humans have on it.
Students will be in the computer lab to complete the
45 minute module. Teacher and teacher assistant will
circulate to assist students.
NC Essential Standards: 1.L1:Understand characteristics of various
environments and behaviors of humans that enable
plants and animals to survive

Essential Question: What is a rainforest?
What effect do people have on the rainforest?
Learning Targets/ I
Can Statements
I can describe a rainforest
I can tell why rainforest are important
I can give examples of how people effect the
Technology & Related
Internet: Designated Websites and Media
Rainforest Virtual Fieldtrip
Scavenger Hunt
Pedagogical Approach Universal Design Learning (UDL)- Students will gain
understanding through visual and audio
representations of content.
Tasks to Meet Learning
Students will go on a virtual fieldtrip to the
In science journals answer, Why is it called a

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Answered both scavenger
hunt questions
Answered 1 scavenger
hunt questions
Answered scavenger hunt
questions with little detail

Assessments Teachers will use observation to informally
assess who understands the characteristics of
a desert region and the animals that live in it
Complete a Scavenger Hunt to answer:
1. Why are the rainforest important?
2. Why are the rainforest disappearing?
Follow-Up: Students will use their knowledge of how a
habitat provides living things with what they
need to complete the final project
After unit, final project will be a class
presentation about habitats
Each student will contribute to a story book to be available
on the classroom website

Audio and visuals accompany text of
presentation and story