Comparing Rainforests With Where You Live:
Learning to Use Venn Diagrams
Learning Objectives:
  • Students will be able to identify characteristics that their environment has in common with the rainforest and characteristics that are different.
  • Students will be able to organize these characteristics in the correct places using a Venn diagram as a graphic organizer.
Estimated Time Required:
One session for this component of a larger unit on rainforests.
You should have completed or at least be in the process of conducting research on rainforests such as learning about habitats, climate, animals and plant life in rainforests.
  1. Start the lesson with a discussion with students about what they learned so far about rainforests. Then, review the meaning of “weather” “climate” and “environment.” Ask questions such as:
    • What is the weather like where we live (hot, cold, rainy, dry, etc.)?
    • Does it ever change?
    • What is it like in the rainforest (hot, wet, foggy, etc.)?
  2. Have children complete the activity listed under Printables, or, draw a Venn diagram using a SmartBoard or projector to make it a whole-class activity. Fill in the chart with student responses.
  3. Using the responses in the Venn diagram, create a paragraph describing both climates.
  4. This activity can be repeated using a comparison of people, animals, homes, or any other feature of environment.
This lesson plan was created by Julie Yanoff
McREL National Content Standards:
Science Standards
1.0 Knows that short-term weather conditions (e.g., temperature, rain, snow) can change daily, and weather patterns change over the seasons
4.2: Knows that places can be defined in terms of their predominant human and physical characteristics (e.g., rural, urban, forest, desert; or by types of land forms, vegetation, water bodies, climate) 
Geography Standards
8.3: Knows plants and animals associated with various vegetation and climatic regions on Earth
Organizing information
Language and Literacy
Grade Level(s)
• 2nd Grade
• 3nd Grade