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.
Preparation:
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.
Procedures:
  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.
Credits:
This lesson plan was created by Julie Yanoff
Standards:
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
 
 
 
Skills:
Organizing information
Category:
Language and Literacy
Science
Topics:
Rainforests:
  Climate
Grade Level(s)
• 2nd Grade
• 3nd Grade

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