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Rain Forest Reporters
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Rain Forest This is an ideal team-teaching lesson for science and English teachers. Students work as magazine reporters to produce a print or multimedia magazine about rain forests. Student-reporters look at current examples of print scientific magazines for children, in order to learn about their different sections and types of writing. Students then produce their own magazine. Sections can include feature articles, puzzles, poetry, a math corner, a geography section, and so on.

Grade Level:


Subject Matter:

Science, Language Arts, Social Studies

Curricular Uses:

Science: Rain Forest Ecology and Animal Life
Language Arts: Magazine Writing and Production
Social Studies: Geography of the Rain Forests, Culture of Rain Forest Inhabitants, Current Events

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify current events and ecological issues that pertain to the earth's rain forests.
  • Locate and identify rain forests.
  • Utilize reference materials and Web sites to find information about specified rain forest topics.
  • Write a non-fiction piece based on their research.
  • Understand and reproduce the basic sections of a scientific magazine.
  • Learn the basics of popular science writing.
  • Write poetry using rain forest topics.
  • Produce and solve riddles and puzzles.

    Use of Internet: Students will use the Internet to conduct Web research about rain forests.

    This lesson was developed by Kim Sanders, wNetSchool Master Teacher, and was funded by The Louis Calder Foundation.