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Jungle Unit

Jungle Unit

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Published by: Ashley Scherle on Jun 06, 2011
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Name:Ashley Scherle


Subject: Science/Arts Education-Drama

Grade: Kindergarten

Content/Topic: Weather and Location

Instructional Strategies: Experiential
Learning (role playing), Direct (listening
and reviewing), Interactive (discussion)


CPK.2 Explore a variety of drama
strategies including: • role

NSK.1 Explore features of their natural
surroundings (weather conditions)


Student’s will be able to:
e. Listen to others and work co-operatively
in dramatic contexts.
h. Assume roles willingly in contextual
c. Describe and illustrate features of the
Tropical Rainforest such as: weather

Cross Curricula Competencies: Language Arts: listening, speaking, comprehend and
gain meaning from oral texts
CCC: developing thinking, developing identity, developing literacies, developing social

Prerequisite Learning: Students know a few weather words (i.e. rain, sunny)

Adaptive Dimension: In this lesson I adapted the science curriculum. It discusses the
local environment however I adapted it to the Tropical Rainforest environment to fit with
my lesson and unit theme.
In this lesson students will be actively involved in the short story by having roles and
actions to participate in. This works well for many of my students as they are very active
and many can not sit still for long periods of time.

Preparation: (equipment/materials/set-up)
Materials: chart paper, marker, globe, short story “Weather Ride” in All about the
Set-up: Photocopy and know the short story well, have chart paper, marker and globe
ready to use.

Set ( 10 minutes)

1.Gather students on the carpet.
2.Review what there are many different
types Jungles. Then discuss what a
rainforest is and then talk about the
location of a rainforest.
3.Look at a globe and show where the
tropical rainforests are and then show the
students on the globe where we are.
Tropical: Area/region near the equator
4.Talk about what the weather is like in
Rainforest. (It rains a lot, sunlight for 12
hours a day, very hot, high humidity
(amount of moisture in the air, it always
feels wet), weather stays mostly the same
year round.)
5.Amazon is the biggest tropical rainforest.
There are also large tropical rainforests in
Central America, Africa, Asia, New
Guinea and Australia.
6.Make a list on the chart paper of what the
weather is like in the tropical rainforest.

Development ( 20 minutes)

1.Read the short story called Weather Ride
on pg. 48 of All about the Rainforest to
the class and ask them to listen to the
different weather words they hear. (light
rain, heavy rain, wind, thunderstorm)
2.Ask students what words they heard them
write them down.
3.Ask students to make a noise with their
body parts that would represent each
4.Then practice each movement and sound
as a class.
5.Reread the short story and ask students to
make the sound/movements when they
hear the words.

Closure ( 5 minutes)

1.Review what the Tropical Rainforest is
and what is the weather like there.
2.Ask students to draw a quick picture of
what the weather in the Tropical
Rainforest looks like.

Student Engagement/Classroom
Management Strategies

Gather the students on the floor
facing the teacher chair.

If a student is having a hard time
listening and paying attention move
them up to sit closer to you.

Keep an eye on the time to make
sure the lesson does not run too

Ask students to raise their hands if
they have a question.

Give clear directions so students
always know what to do and stay
on task.

Look at the Globe ahead of time so
it is ready to go for the lesson.

Have paper ready on table for
students to draw their weather

Assessment: Observe students to see if they are listening and working well with others
in the short story drama. Are students participating in the short story drama?
Collect student’s drawings of what they think the weather in the tropical rainforest
looks like.
(Rain, sun, thunderstorm, hot weather)
Do students show a clear understanding in their drawing what the weather looks like in
the tropical rainforest.

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