Category Archives: Rainforest

South America Research Project

  • South America study: We will be studying 8 of the 13 countries in South America:  Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Students will be encouraged to take notes, research, and represent their work on the food, clothing, shelter, daily life, art, culture, etc. of that country. Students will work in mixed groups of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. Children will also complete follow up work on volcanoes, the Incas, Simon Bolivar, Rainforests, among other topics. 

Places to Start:

1. http://www.factsfornow.scholastic.com/

Type in the name of your country or “South America” to start.

2. Country Reports: Start with “Customs and Culture” or “Interesting Facts”

There’s also photos, videos, recipes. You can even listen to the national anthem!

https://www.countryreports.org/login.htm

http://www.countryreports.org/maps/southamerica.htm

User: gophers

pass: Ask your teacher!

3. Kids Know It

4. Click on the category to the right, South America

Amazon wildlife:

1. Tree Frogs:

http://frogsaregreen.org/tag/frogs-of-the-amazon/

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/red-eyed-tree-frog/

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/red-eyed-tree-frog/

Assignments:

1. Read a book, take notes

Here are the codes we will use for the margins of our ‘colored notebooks’. You may also take notes in your Homework Writing Journal using these same codes: (These mirror the table of contents of The Enchantments of the World book series we have from the library.)

1. General (Try to avoid using this term too often!!! However, most books start with an introduction or general section.)

2. Geo or Land (Geo means “earth” as in geography or geology. This includes landforms, water, volcanoes, climate, weather)

3. Bio (Bio means “life” as in plants, animals, and any other living things.)

4. Hist (short for history, this could include events for your timeline. This also the code for famous people)

5. Gov (short for government)

6. Econ (short for economy)

You can also make up your own KEY based on the Fundamental Needs of Humans

Ex: Food, Def (Defense), Home (Shelter), Rel (religion)

2. View a Brainpop video. Click here . You’ll need the user name and password from your teacher

3. Explore Country Reports or one of the websites listed above.

Background for adults:

1.http://geography.howstuffworks.com/south-america/geography-of-south-america2.htm

See examples of maps here:

http://teacherweb.com/PA/DallasMiddleSchool/TMorgan/photo5.aspx

Print Outline Maps here:

1.d-maps

http://d-maps.com/index.php?lang=en

2. Enchanted Learning (some are free. Ask your teacher for password)

http://members.enchantedlearning.com/southamerica/ecuador/outlinemap/

http://members.enchantedlearning.com/cgi-bin/enlarge0p/geography/samer/riveroutlinemap/index.shtml?p

3. worldatlas.com

http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/samerica/galapagosislands/galapmaps.htm

4. Create a map at National Geographic:

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/mapping/outline-map/?map=Ecuador&ar_a=1

Tropical Rainforests

Tropical Rainforests are essential to every living thing on our planet. South America happens to have a rather large one. Have you heard of the Amazon Rainforest?

Here are resources for you to explore:

1.ducksters

http://www.ducksters.com/science/ecosystems/rainforest_biome.php

2. Kids Do Ecology

http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/rainforest.html

3.Kids Mongabay

http://kids.mongabay.com/

4.Rainforest Alliannce:

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/kids/facts/tropical-forest

And here are coloring sheets: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/kids/activities

5. Science Kids

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/rainforests.html

6. Kids geology

http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0169-tropical-rain-forest-biomes.php

7.WWF

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/ecoregions/about/habitat_types/habitats/tropical_forests/