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How to Make a Rainforest Classroom

Updated February 21, 2017

Students are more likely to comprehend the subject they are being taught when they are fully immersed in it. When teaching about the rainforest, transforming your classroom so that it resembles this environment can help to foster a greater understanding of the ecosystem and add a fun and unexpected dimension to learning. A classroom filled with images and materials that resemble lush foliage and animals will help to stimulate students and get them excited about studying the rainforest.

Create rainforest trees with brown and green butcher paper. Use a pencil to draw the shape of tree trunks on the brown butcher paper and draw images of leaves on the green butcher paper. Cut out the trunks and leaves and hang them on the walls to create the background for your rainforest classroom.

Make vines to drape from the ceiling of your rainforest classroom. Cut lengths of crepe paper streamers, twist them and suspend them across the ceiling of the classroom, using lengths of filament and pushpins.

Print out images of rainforest animals and hang them on the trees, walls and vines. Animals to consider incorporating include parrots, monkeys, leopards and snakes, although you can include any type of rainforest animal you wish. Cut out the printed images. Use tape to hang animals on the trees and walls. Punch holes in the animals you want to suspend from the vines. String pieces of filament through the holes and staple the animals to the vines.

Set plush rainforest animals throughout the room. Place them on students' desks, arrange them on bookshelves and on ledges. Students can play with these animals and you can use them to allow students to gain a better idea of what some rainforest animals look like.

Place potted plants around the classroom, such as ferns and peace lilies. The plants will give the classroom a more lifelike rainforest feeling.

Stock your classroom library with rainforest-themed books. Titles to consider include "Nature's Green Umbrella" by Gail Gibbons, "Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme" by Marianne Burkes and "The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest" by Lynne Cherry.

Play a CD that contains sounds of the rainforest. Put on the CD, on a low volume, while children are engaged in centres, seat work or play time. The CD will help to add more of a rainforest sensory experience for children.

Things You'll Need

  • Green and brown butcher paper
  • Green crepe paper streamers
  • Filament
  • Pushpins
  • Rainforest animal images
  • Plush rainforest animals
  • Potted plants
  • Rainforest books
  • Rainforest sounds CD
  • CD player
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About the Author

Lily Mae began freelance writing in 2008. She is a certified elementary and literacy educator who has been working in education since 2003. Mae is also an avid gardener, decorator and craft maker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in literacy education from Long Island University.