Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Today we learned about plants in the rain forest. We discovered that the world's largest flower, the Giant Rafflesia, is also a gross smelling plant. For a short while, the students thought that sausage grew on trees because we read a portion about Sausage Trees. (Too funny!) Again, we sang "Layers of the Rainforest". We discussed the importance of the rain forest for oxygen, keeping the temperature tolerable, medicines, shelter, and products. We watched an awesome video, The Tropical Rain Forest Habitat.
We made bromeliads too. I made tracers for the bromeliad leaves and used cups to demonstrate the "pitcher" effect. I gave a "how to demo" on making the bromeliads, and the students went to work. We decided to add water, amphibians, and insects since these are found in most bromeliads. We used the scrap box to create these. Here are some student's bromeliads:

This week we are also learning the difference between fiction and non-fiction. We are reading  Magic Tree House #6: Afternoon on the Amazon (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))Rain Forests (Magic Tree House Research Guide)

We love The Magic Tree House series. Check out Mary Pope Osborne's website dedicated to the series.

Tomorrow-We will begin our research projects. I will share these on Friday.

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