Zonia’s Rainforest is a simple yet powerful book told from the perspective of an Indigenous child. Young children will see themselves in Zonia and relate to the love she has for her home.
Juana Martinez-Neal, the author of Zonia’s Rainforest, provides additional learning material for teachers in the back of the book.
The station activities allow students to practice academic skills while exploring themed materials.
This is lesson 1 of 3 in our K-2nd grade All About the Rainforest unit.
Teachers will need to source a hard copy of the book Zonia’s Rainforest from their local or school library.
If Zonia’s Rainforest is not available, the teacher may utilize a different text such as My Brother Needs a Boa from Epic! books. Teacher should ensure that the Indigenous perspective is still highlighted throughout the lesson. There are also many non-fiction texts available through Epic! books. Teachers will need a free account to access Epic! books.
Student participation will be stronger if they have some knowledge of climate protections such as reducing, reusing, and recycling.
If choosing to use the station activities, teachers may need to source materials.
Most classes will not be able to complete all three portions of the lesson in one setting. The Inquire section may be taught during the ELA block while the Investigate and Inspire sections could happen during Science or Social Studies. Alternatively, the lesson could be broken up over multiple days.
Teacher may choose to teach the lessons, use the station activities, or both.
Teacher may substitute station activities that are relevant to the content being learned in the classroom. For example, the Reading Response pages in Rainforest Book Read Aloud can be edited to focus on specific story elements, author traits, etc.
Plant and Animal Mini-Posters have been provided. These will become especially useful in future lessons. During Lesson 1, some uses may include:
decorating the learning space
introducing a new species each morning during morning meeting
using the posters as a guide for writing/spelling and art
This lesson provides an overview of the rainforest, including its features, makeup, and climatic conditions. The varieties of flora and wildlife that can be found in a rainforest, as well as the ways Indigenous peoples can conserve it, will all be explored by the students. After careful examination, the lesson has passed the science review and is recommended for instruction based on the quality of the videos, Student Document, and other supporting materials.
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