This interesting lesson introduces students to the basic information about forests (and woodlands), including the different types of forests, the structure of, and some of the animals living in forests. In addition, the students learn about the importance of forests related to their preservation. Many students most likely know the basics of a forest depending on where they reside, but often students do not realize there are different types of forests.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Ask: Why are trees needed? What do you like best about trees? How many trees have you ever seen in a single area?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they know what a place is called with many trees in one area. Introduce forest to the students.
- Distribute Forests content pages. Allow a response and discussion about the opening story question, asking students if they have ever been inside a forest or woodlands.
- Read and review the contents pages’ information with the students. If possible, display actual images of the different forest types, animals and plants of the forests, and use the videos from the additional resources. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. You may choose to do one or two items together as a class. For younger students, you may choose to do the activity as a class exercise.
- Give students sufficient time to discuss and respond to the questions. Once completed, allow each pair of students to share some of their responses going through one item at a time. (Responses will vary.)
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask: Which type of forest would you like to live in or visit and why?
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.B, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA- Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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