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Ecosystems, Expository Writing, Research


K, 1st, 2nd


Science, Social Studies, Biology, English Language Arts


110 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Docs, Google Slides


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Rainforest Habitat (All About the Rainforest #3)

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Apr 20, 2024
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In this lesson, students learn about the rainforest as an animal habitat.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students participate in a read aloud of Jan Brett’s The Umbrella.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students research a rainforest animal and share what they have learned.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students discover how a habitat provides for the creatures who live there and explore the impact of human activities on animal habitats.

Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips


  • Jan Brett’s The Umbrella is a well-known and beloved children’s book. Students will be drawn in by the beautiful illustrations and fun use of the Spanish language.

  • Jan Brett’s website has a lot of fun additional activities such as these:

  • This lesson should be taught in parts and over multiple days. A potential schedule might look like this:

    • Inquire - during ELA

    • Investigate - during small group ELA and station time over multiple days

    • Inspire - during Science

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 3 of 3 in our K-2nd grade All About the Rainforest unit.

  • Teachers will need to source a hard copy of the book The Umbrella by Jan Brett from their local or school library. It will also be helpful to have the previous lessons’ books (Zonia’s Rainforest and The Great Kapok Tree) on hand. The e-book version of The Umbrella is also available on Open Library. Open Library is a good source to find e-books and locations to find the book in the teacher’s area.

  • To view some of the books in the Animal Menu, teachers will need a free Epic! account.

  • If choosing to use the station activities, teachers may need to gather materials.


  • There are two different options for the read aloud that focus on Kindergarten/First Grade and Second Grade skills respectively.

  • The final project has multiple options:

    • Teacher-Assisted Small Group Research: the teacher may assist students in reading about and researching their chosen animal

    • Small Group Research: students may group up to read about, learn, and teach each other about the animal

    • Independent Research: students independently choose, research, and write about the animal

  • There are many opportunities for teachers to alter the lesson to teach skills that are specific to their classroom. For example, the teacher may choose to focus on story elements or story sequencing instead of comparing characters in the Inquire section.

  • Additional Epic! resources that can be included throughout the lesson include:

Scientist Notes

This lesson gives students a basic understanding of the rainforest's splendor while allowing them to investigate the living things that are common there and how human impact has damaged and endangered those fauna. All of the supporting resources and lesson content has passed our science review process.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generating and conceptualizing ideas.
      • 1.5.2.Cr1a: Engage in individual and collaborative exploration of materials and ideas through multiple approaches, from imaginative play to brainstorming, to solve art and design problems.
      • 1.5.2.Cr1b: Engage in individual and collaborative art making through observation and investigation of the world, and in response to personal interests and curiosity.
  • Science
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • RL.CT.K.8 With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two literary texts on the same topic (e.g., characters, experiences, illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
      • RL.TS.2.4 Describe the overall structure of a text, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action, identifying how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.SE.K.6 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
      • W.WR.1.5 With prompting and support, generate questions through shared research about a topic and determine possible sources to obtain information on that topic.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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