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.

What is it like in a rainforest? A text lesson walks students through the facts and a research activity allows students to delve deeper. Suggestions for extra activities and related lessons are included as well.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'rainforest'
  • outline key facts about rainforests
  • create a presentation on one animal that lives in a rainforest


  • 30 minutes to 1 hour for instruction
  • Up to a week for the activity


  • An assortment of images of animals who live in rainforests
  • A list of animals that live in a rainforest

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Key Vocabulary

  • Rainforest

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