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Lesson Plans


re: rainforest

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Fri, 30 Jul 1999 12:43:11 -0400


Hi there. I did a school wide event surrounding the raiforest a few years
ago in an elementary school as well as the past few years with my second
graders. Each child produced something visual as well as performed
something. grade 5 did selections of myths and rituals..we made plaster
masks to go along with that...they wore them as they performed. grade 4
created huge plants out of both papier mache and clay. They were studying
plant life of the rainforest and this fit in. I think they danced to a
spanish song...bolero? I can't remember. grade 3 made gigantic dragonflies
out of plaster, papier mache, styrofoam and wire...and danced along with the
second grade who had made huge butterflies out of paper towel tubes,
irridescent paint and cardboard. grade 1 made large plaster / styrofoam
balled armature toucans and tropical birds...they loved that! We hung those
from tree limbs that had been painted bright green and cemented into
buckets. We added leaves and made vines out of regular rope painted the same
green with the same leaves. K made lion masks and danced to "the lion sleeps
tonight". Super cute. Other ideas would be to include the story "the great
Kapok tree" and any poems about animals from the areas. Songs from "the lion
king" work really well. In my Masters program this is my focus..of
incorporating all art aspects into classroom production so it is a
philosophy that I enjoy. Check the archives...we may have talked about this
before! And if you want specifics let me know... I have it all on video and
will be glad to check for you! Best of luck! Stephanie