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Tropical Treasure HuntTropical Treasure Hunt

An Internet treasure hunt involves searching the Internet for valuable nuggets of information. In this hunt, you will explore questions about the rain forests on our earth. Your clues will be found within the web sites listed below the questions. Search your clues carefully to discover the wondrous treasures of the rain forest! This lesson is taken from Laura Candler's book Exploring the Rain Forest, published by Kagan. You can download the student activity pages by clicking on the link at right. Complete cooperative learning directions can be found on the sample teacher pages that go with this lesson.

 

Your Tasks

  1. Tropical Treasure Hunt Activity PageDownload and print out the activity pages for this lesson, or record the eight questions in a science journal. Be sure to leave room for the answers.
  2. Search each web site to find the answers to the questions. Write them under the questions.
  3. For each answer, name the source of your information (web site).
  4. When you have found the answers to all the questions, discuss the Talk It Over questions with your research buddy or someone else who is working on this Treasure Hunt.
  5. If you were a rain forest animal, what would you tell humans about rain forest destruction? Your final task will be to write a speech from an animal's point of view.

Questions

  1. Where in the world are rain forests located?
  2. What is the climate of a rain forest like?
  3. What kinds of plants and animals live in the rain forest?
  4. What are the layers in the rain forest? Name and describe each one.
  5. Why are rain forests important to us?
  6. Why are people cutting down rain forests?
  7. What are some of the problems caused by deforestation?
  8. What are three things kids can do to help save the rain forest?

Clues (Web Sites)


Talk It Over

Now that you have discovered some of the treasures of the rain forest, talk over these questions:

  • Why do you think rain forests are important to us even if we don't live near one?
  • What would happen if all rain forests were destroyed?
  • What do you think should be done about the rain forest problem?

Animals Speak Out!

Frog SpeechImagine you are a rain forest animal that has been given the power of speech. What would you say to humans about rain forest destruction? In the lower corner of a large sheet of paper or poster board, draw a small picture of your favorite rain forest animal. Then draw a large speech bubble next to the animal. Write your animal's speech in the bubble. Be sure to tell why the rain forest is important and what should be done about the rain forest problem.



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