Deciduous Forest Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about deciduous forests. A video lesson explains what deciduous forests are, details their characteristics, and identifies the plants and animals that live there. Discussion questions, cooperative learning experiences, an activity, and a quiz make learning last.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define deciduous forests
  • provide characteristics of deciduous forests
  • describe plants and animals found in a deciduous forest and explain their adaptations


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Zipper bags
  • Glue
  • Tag boards
  • Markers
  • Devices with internet access

Key Vocabulary

  • Temperate
  • Deciduous
  • Adaptation

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

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