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Overview:

“There is no doubt that the tropical rainforests of the world are in danger. Every hour approximately six species of life in our tropical rainforests are destroyed. Experts agree that the number one cause of extinction in the tropical rainforest is due to the destruction of the tropical rainforest environment.”

Jason Albright

The Storyline begins with the arrival of an envelope addressed to the teacher and students. Inside the teacher finds photos of rainforest animals along with a letter. The teacher hands out the animal photos for the students to view and discuss. After a few minutes she reads the letter. The letter contains information about the plight of the animals in the rainforest and it presents a challenge for the students from the president of TED Talks by Kids. He says… “Would you like to help the animals of the rainforest? Can you learn all about these animals, their lives, their home, and what is threatening them? Can you use words in innovative and engaging ways to speak for the animals and seek help from the people of planet earth? TED Talks is looking for students just like you to prepare a talk that will persuade others to help the rainforests.” The students, enticed by the rainforest animals, accept the challenge, become TED Kids, and set to work. Each student becomes an expert on a rainforest animal and shares his or her knowledge with others. An in-depth study of a castaña tree, home of the animals, follows. Students explore the complex web of life that connects the plants, animals, humans, and non-living environment to the tree. They study the rainforest that surrounds and supports the life of the tree. They explore real-life problems that threaten the castaña tree community and engage in collaborative discussions about the incidents. They are given the opportunity to share their impressions and to question things. With help and guidance from the teacher, students use their writing skills and talents to compose their TED Talks and develop their speaking skills as they prepare for their presentations. Voices from the Rainforest is an environmental topic. The following Common Core and Next Generation standards are interwoven in the topic.

  • Common Core : Reading Informational Text Level 3
  • Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
  • Common Core: Writing Level 3
  • Text Types and Purpose, Production and Distribution of Writing, Research to Build and Present
  • Knowledge, Range of Writing
  • Common Core: Speaking and Listening Level 3
  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas, Comprehension and Collaboration
  • Next Generation Science Level 3
  • Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics 3-LS2-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4

Additional curricular areas that are covered in the topic, are listed in the curriculum appendix. The topic is based on grade 3 standards but can be adapted for grades 2 and 4. The topic is real-life and powerful. Students are given the opportunity to make a difference in the world by becoming advocates for the rainforest animals.

Colleen Vallerga 2014

Students speaking for the rainforest animals Students speaking for the rainforest animals

 

Table of Contents:

Voices from the Rainforest: Storyline Outline i-xvii Voices from the Rainforest: The Storyline

  • The Hook 1-2
  • Episode One: TED Kid Characters 3-4
  • Episode Two: Rainforest Animals 4-6
  • Episode Three: Rainforest Setting 6-15
  • Episode Four: Rights of Nature 15-16
  • Episode Five: Castaña Tree Web of Life 16-19
  • Episode Six: Incidents 19-31
  • Episode Seven: Writing TED Talks 31-33
  • Episode Eight: Voices from the Rainforest 33-34
  • Episode Nine: Reflection 34-35

Appendix One: Calendar 37-39 Appendix Two: Curriculum 41-47 Appendix Three: TED Talk Invitation 49-51 Appendix Four: Writing/Poetry 53-67 Appendix Five: Setting Visual 69-71 Appendix Six: Character Biography 73-75 Appendix Seven: Rainforest Animal Report/Plant Creation 77-83 Appendix Eight: TED Talks 85-91 Appendix Nine: Books/Websites 93-96 Appendix Ten: Post-Test 97-102   Large cat in the rainforest painting

Curriculum Focus

Boy with Parrot Hook

  • letter writing
  • rainforest conservation

Episode One: Characters TED Kids

  • career study
  • visual art
  • oral presentation
  • journal writing

Episode Two: Rainforest Animals

Common Core: Reading Informational Text Grade 3

  • Key Ideas and Details
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2
  • Craft and Structure
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Common Core: Speaking and Listening Grade 3

  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1, A, B, C, D
  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4

Next Generation Science Standards Grade 3

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 3-LS4-2: Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

  • rainforest animal art
  • journal writing
  • poetry

Drawing of person in Rainforest

Episode Three: Rainforest Setting

Common Core: Writing Grade 3

  • Research to Build and Present Knowledge
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.7
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.8
  • Range of Writing
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.10

Common Core: Speaking and Listening Grade 3

  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4
  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1, A, B, C, D

Common Core: Reading Informational Text Grade 3

  • Key Ideas and Details
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3
  • Craft and Structure
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Next Generation Science Standards Grade 3

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 3-LS4-2: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, find mates, and reproducing. 3-LS4-3: Construct an Argument With Evidence Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Drawing of Parrot

  • Adaptation
  • life cycles
  • visual art
  • analogous colors
  • color value
  • collaborative group work
  • leaf shape experiment
  • measurement
  • journal writing
  • rainforest habitat
  • map work
  • geography
  • water cycle
  • creating a rainforest in a jar
  • writing
  • five senses
  • oral presentation
  • music

Episode Four: Rights of Nature

Common Core: Speaking and Listening Grade 3

  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1, A, B, C, D
  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4
    • journal writing
    • rainforest conservation
    • rights of nature

Episode Five: Castaña Tree Web of Life

Next Generation Science Standards Grade 3

  • Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
    • 3-LS2-1: Social Interactions and Group Behavior, Cause and Effect
  • Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
    • 3-LS4-3: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
    • Science and Engineering Practices: Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Drawing of Rainforest animal

Common Core: Speaking and Listening Grade 3

  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1, A, B, C, D
  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4
  • plant and animal
  • basic needs
  • plant and animal dependence and interdependence
  • human interdependence
  • oral presentation
  • journal writing

Episode Six: Incidents

Incident One: Predator Hunt

  • prey and predator
  • adaptations
  • oral presentation
Common Core: Writing Grade 3
  • Text Types and Purpose
    • Narrative Writing
    • CCS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 A, B, C, D
    • journal writing

Incident Two: Broken Food Chain

Next Generation Science Standards Grade 3

Drawing of Rainforest animal

  • Biological Evolution
    • 3-LS4-4 : Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
  • engaging in argument from evidence
  • change effects organisms
  • environmental impact
  • cause and effect
  • food chains
  • plant/animal
  • interdependence
  • broken food chains
  • prediction
  • oral presentation
  • journal writing
Common Core: Speaking and Listening Grade 3
  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1, A, B, C, D

Incident Three: Land Use Issues

Common Core : Reading Informational Text Grade 3
  • Craft and Structure
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.6
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9
Common Core: Speaking and Listening Grade 3
  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1, A, B, C, D
Common Core : Writing Grade 3
  • Text Types and Purposes
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1 A, B, C, D
Student Prototype Student Prototype
Next Generation Science Standards Grade 3
  • Ecosystems: Biological Evolution
    • 3-LS4-4: Change affects organisms, environmental impact, cause and effect
  • human impact
  • collaborative group work
  • points of view
  • economic influences
  • sustainability
  • drama
  • journal writing

Incident Four: Rainforest Destruction

Next Generation Science Standards Grade 3
  • Biological Evolution
    • 3-LS4-4: change affects organisms
    • environmental impact
    • cause and effect
    • persuasive letter writing: writing process
    • journal writing

Drawing of Rainforest Lizard

Episode Seven: Writing TED Talks

Common Core: Writing Grade 3

  • Text Types and Purposes
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2 and 3.2.A, B, C, D
  • Production and Distribution of Writing
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.4
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.5

Common Core: Speaking and Listening Grade 3

  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.6

Next Generation Science Standards Grade 3

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 3-LS4-3: Construct and argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, an some cannot survive at all. 3-LS4-4: Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem, caused when the environment changes and the types; of plants and animals that live there may change.

Episode Eight: Voices From the Rainforest

Common Core: Speaking and Listening Grade 3

  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.3
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.6
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Episode Nine: Reflection

  • Assessment

 

Student Prototype Student Prototype

 

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