Animals of the Rain Forest
Activity: Class teams write a report about
rain forest animals and their adaptations.
Students will learn about animals unique
characteristics and behavior and how
they must adapt to their environment in
order to survive.
- Explain that rain forests are home to
most of the worlds plant and animal
species. The intense sunlight, high
temperatures, and abundant rainfall
make this environment one of
- Have students visit the Web sites below
to learn about animals that live in the
tropical rain forests, such as the toucan,
the tree boa, and the leaf-cutting ant.
Divide the class into small groups and
ask each group to choose a rain forest
animal theyd like to learn more about.
- Have each group write a short report
about the animal using the sites below.
Encourage them to include important facts,
such as its appearance, diet, and other fun
facts they discover. They should also
describe one way that the animal is adapted
to its rain forest habitat. Encourage students
to illustrate their reports with a picture of
the animal, labeling unique characteristics,
such as the toucans beak or the vibrant
colors of the poison arrow frog. If the
animal theyve chosen to write about is
endangered, have students explain why.
- Display childrens drawings and reports on
the rain forest bulletin board. Be sure animals are
placed in the correct rain forest layer.
Tropical Rain Forest Animals: General Information
Tropical Rain Forest Animals: 14 Animals Up Close