Weekly outline of lessons:Week 1:
The focus of this lesson is to introduce the feeling of therainforest initially through music, then developing into a dramaactivity.
To get the students interested in the lesson, show a scene of therainforest, included as Appendix 1, to show the children some of the plants that exist – enlarge this image to A3 size as it is toosmall to show the whole class at once.
Questioning with the picture:
What can you see in the picture?
What could be seen in the picture?
Where do you think this picture was taken?
The next activity involves the CD included with the unit – “Sounds of the Rainforest”
Students close their eyes and listen to the sounds of the rainforest – each track has a different sound to it, and any are appropriatefor this activityWhile the music is playing ask questions like:
How do you feel while listening?
Any there any distinctive sounds they can hear?
Anything else that you can notice?
After listening to the piece, give each child a name of an animal,and while the music is playing, each student acts out the animal.The aim of this activity is for all the same animals to find eachother.
Animal names are printed on cards
Once the students find each other, they each take turns to performas a group and the class has to discuss the actions and work outwhat animal they are
Working in small groups allows the students to improve their communication skills and can learn from one another of how bestto re-create the mannerisms of the each animal.
Teacher references and resources
Appendix 1:Photo of a rainforest scene – takenon a trip to the rainforest in Melbourne, 2009.CD – collection of five songs called “Sounds of the Rainforest”Appendix 2 – Animal name cards
Appleby, P., 1992
, BBCBooks, London.Breeden, S., 1995
Paul and the Rainforest
,Steve Parish Publishing, QLD, Australia.Erbacher, J. & S., 1993
Life in the Rainforest
,Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.Taylor, B., 1992
Look Closer: Rainforest
,Harper Collins Publishers, NSW, Australia.Mackness, B. 1989
,Dellasta Publishing, VIC, Australia.Killen, R., 1992
Student-Centred Teaching Strategies
, Second Edition, pp. 23-28, TheUniversity of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.