Third Graders Study Rain Forest
Mettawee Community School third grade teachers Mark Rampone and Jennifer Leach recently collaborated to plan the annual third grade rain forest research project, culminating with a celebration on April 19 with school families. Each student was called upon to become an expert on one animal of the rain forest, produce a research-based report – and just for fun, a clever riddle to encourage parents and other guests to guess their animal.
“It was wonderful to see so many parents that were involved in sharing this positive experience,” said principal Brooke DeBonis.
Students in both third grade classrooms performed a Reader’s Theater about the rain forest as they shared the books, ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry and ‘No Monkeys No Chocolate’ by Melissa Stewart. Students presented accordion books showing the four layers of the rain forest and the animals that live in each. Rampone and Leach said that their students had learned about the unique rain forest biome and the characteristics that make the rain forest so critically important. Furthermore, the two third-grade classrooms worked together to make the trees, plants and 3-D animals to add to a large-scale diorama. The celebration ended with a tour of the rain forest and a treat of fair trade chocolates.