Rainforest writing activities

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Rainforest writing activities
Writing can help students learn about the plight of the planet's rainforests. (deep jungle image by Maciej Zatonski from Fotolia.com)

A rainforest is a vast, tropical space filled with lush plant life and exotic animals. For students, this can be a platform for creativity and a wonderful opportunity to learn about different geographical locations and features. Whether it be studied in a science, social studies or language arts classroom, students can be given assignments that focus on writing about rainforests. This includes creative writing activities that allow kids to use their imagination, as well as non-fiction writing about specific rainforests.

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A Day in the Life

In a classroom where students have already completed a unit of study on the rainforest, have them write a short story based around being an animal or insect that would be found in the rainforest. Students can choose their favourite tropical bird or lizard and write as if they are explaining a "day in the life" of the animal they have chosen. Their writing should include significant details about the environment and any information about how the animal lives, obtains food or interacts with other species. Students could even turn their stories into picture books and make colourful illustrations.

Persuasive Essays

Older students might enjoy writing a persuasive essay. Persuasive essay strategies are usually introduced in middle school and continued in high school. Secondary level students that have already completed a unit of study on the rainforest could write an essay that explains their opinion either for, or against, saving the rainforests. Students could complete research on specific areas and include important details in their writing. Students might also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of maintaining a rainforest and how it affects our world.

Biopoems

The rainforests have so much to explore in terms of animal species, plant life, weather, and temperature. These all will make great components for a descriptive writing that uses the five senses. Students can write either original compositions of poetry or biopoems, that list descriptive words about a particular topic and gives details about the sights, sounds, smells and feelings associated with the rainforest.

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