The rainforest is a unique environment that we should learn more about.
Integrating RF with poetry
b. Skill Outcomes: (What skills do you intend for students to learn or practice?)
using our senses in our writing
incorporating our scientific knowledge with our creative writing
5. Sequence of the lesson
a. What’s the hook to make the lesson interesting? How will you open the lesson?
RF Music, everyone comes to the rug
I have a poem to share with you, everyone please come to the edge of the blue rug…
Hear a monkey swinging branch to branch
In high canopy trees searching
For food and a safe hideaway
Hear a monkey screeching to her friends
Fleeing from predators in the sky and ground
Running from harpy eagle and dangerous jaguar
Hear a monkey and touch a wooly belly
The soft fur and curling tail way up in the trees
Playful furry monkeys climbing lianas
Hear a monkey and listen to her tale
She knows the secrets of the Rain Forest
Remember when we began the rain forest, how did we begin our exploration? (touch, feel, taste, smell, hear, see) What senses do you hear used in this poem?
5-10min Brainstorm senses words
Turn and talk with the person next to you and come up with at least three senses words. These are the columns you will help fill. Touch, Taste, Smell, Hear, See. Come up with descriptive language that will be fun to read.
Share words and make class list
5-10min In my poem I also used different words to describe how the monkey moved. You might remember from the Great Kapok Tree that many animals move in different ways. What would be some good movement words? (slither, glide, swing, meander, slide, gallop, race etc)
15min Now you will write your own. You should write about the organism you have already done some research on because you need to know a couple facts about it. Put check list on overhead
Your poem must have at least 2 senses words, 2 movement words, one fact about your layer, two facts about your animal. You will check your poem for this when you are done. Lets see how mine did.
Before we check on our check list we are going to go through and highlight the things I did right. (model the check list format)
I encourage you all to use your imagination and senses to let the reader really know what your animal is like. Remember, you are using your RF organism that you are becoming an expert on. This is your first draft so just get started and have fun. We will edit these after your first draft and then illustrate them for the final with watercolors!
read a friends, peer check the highlighting procedure, write a 2nd
Share a line from each poem
6. Groupwork (If you are grouping…Why are you grouping? How are you grouping?
Overhead of check list
Watercolor paper for final