Amazon Rainforest Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Where is the Amazon rainforest and what is it like? This lesson plan uses two informative text lessons to explain key facts about this region. An activity gives students a chance at creative engagement.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the location of the Amazon River and the Amazon rainforest
  • outline key characteristics about the climate and habitat of the Amazon rainforest
  • explain the unique aspects of the Amazon rainforest's climate

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Key Vocabulary

  • Amazon River
  • Amazon rainforest
  • Biodiversity
  • Biome
  • Abiotic factors
  • Biotic factors
  • Canopy
  • Understory
  • Forest floor
  • Trophic levels
  • Producers
  • Primary consumers
  • Secondary consumers
  • Tertiary consumers

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

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