1cMake linksbetween life processes in animals & plants & their environments inwhich they are found
4cUnderstand thatthe variety of plants and animals makes it important to identifythem and assign them to groups
5bLearn aboutdifferent plants & animals found in different habitats
5cUnderstand howplants & animals are suited to their environments
* To find out howparticular animal species are suited and have adapted to live inthe rainforest
Adaptationsof Life In the Rainforest
1)Recap that thereis a vast variety of species in the rainforest & why.
2)Explain that asthe rainforest is one of the oldest ecosystems on the planet thespecies have had a long time to adapt/change to suit theirenvironment what does this mean? Explain to children how, overtime, species change to make the most of their environment giveexample of Epiphytes.
HA/MA- Children tochoose one rainforest animal (bird, mammal or insect), draw apicture of it and write some sentences to show how it survives inthe rainforest how is it adapted to its environment? Encouragethe children to look at weird and wonderful creatures such as thechameleon or the thorn bug they should identify and name theirchosen creature and use a range of non-fiction books to helpthem.
LA Children tolabel a jaguar picture, thinking about how its claws, markings,eyes, etc., help it survive.
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1cMake linksbetween life processes in animals & their environment
4cUnderstand thatthe variety of different animals makes it important to classifythem
5bLearn about howdifferent animals are found in different habitats
5cUnderstand howanimals & plants are suited to their habitats
1eCommunicatediscoveries in ways appropriate to the task & the audience
2dUse secondarysources of information including internet & non-fictiontexts
7bstudy a range ofplaces & environments in the world
* To research howrainforest creatures are adapted to their habitat
* To carry outresearch into rainforest animals
AnimalSpecies at Each Layer
1)Using a largephoto of the rainforest ask the children to identify & brieflyexplain about each of the 4 layers.
2)Discuss how theclimate varies at each layer. How do the children think this, &other factors such as height, will affect the wildlife that livesin each layer? Do the same animals live in every layer? Do someanimals move from different layers? Some animals always stay in thelayer they are born why?
3)Show websitePlanet Arkive and investigate examples of animals living in eachlayer.
4)Explain tochildren they are going to find out about different animals & wherein the rainforest they live. They need to explain why thatparticular animal lives where it does how is that layer suited toits needs?
Children tochoose an animal they are interested in, e.g. monkey, gorilla,jaguar, snake, tarantula, etc., & use non-fiction texts & theinternet to find out about which layer this animal spends most ofits life in. Does it move layer for any reason? Why does it livethere as opposed to another layer? Encourage the children to findout about unusual animals, classify these, specifying what type ofanimal this is, & to look at how they survive & protect themselves.Remember the rainforest is teaming with life & much of it survivesby hunting other creatures!
Photo of therainforest & animals on the IWB
3fDescribing andexplaining how and why Rainforest settlements are similar ordifferent from their locality
* To identify whatplaces and the lives of people are like
LivingLife in the Rainforest
1)Explain that,despite all the rain and the wildlife, about 1.5 million peoplelive in rainforests around the world & their daily life is verydifferent than ours.
2)Read pages228-233 from Bloomin Rainforests. Highlight the fact that housesare built from natural materials, and the importance of fire forcooking and heating during the cool nights. What are the roles ofadults in the village? What about the children? What about thetypes of food they eat?
HA/MA- Children torecord information under five headings. Encourage them to makenotes rather than record whole sentences, and not to simply copyinformation.
LA- Support thechildren through guided reading of single texts together, modellingthe recording of the notes on a flipchart. Allow frequentopportunities for them to ask questions.
Horrible GeographyBloomin Rainforests
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