**I. Title:**

Rainforest Introduction Lesson

**II. Duration:**

2 days

**III. Curricular Areas:**

Reading and Math

**IV. Goals:**

The students will gain an understanding of what a Rainforest is.

The students will work collaboratively with classmates to collect, display, and analyze data.

**V. Objectives:**

The students will answer 4 out of 5 quiz questions correctly (Brain Pop Jr).

The students will identify the animals of the Rainforest during the podcast.

The students will collect and correctly record data on a Tally Chart.

The students will create a picture or bar graph to display data.

The students will create 2 “how many more/less than” questions based on their graph.

**VI. Standards:**

**Reading and Language Arts:**

LAFS.3.RI.1.1- Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for answers

LAFS.3.RI.2.4- Determine the meanings of general academic and domain specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area

LAFS.3.SL.1.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

**Mathematics:**

MAFS.3.MD.2.3- Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent data with several categories. Solve one and two step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs

**VII. Essential Question/s**

What is a Rainforest?

What kinds of animals live in the Rainforest?

How can we collect data using a Tally Chart?

How can we display data using a Picture or Bar graph?

How can we analyze data in a Picture or Bar graph to answer “how many more” or “how many less” questions?

**VIII. List of Activities/Procedures**

**Day 1:**

1. Build Background Knowledge- The teacher will introduce the topic of the lesson to the class. In their Reading journals, the students will create a KWL chart (a model will also be displayed for the students on the Smart Board). The teacher will ask the students to share what they know about the Rainforest. The students’ responses will be recorded in the K section of the chart. After a few minutes of discussion, the teacher will ask the students to record what they would like to learn about the Rainforest in the W section of the chart. Students can share their responses with the class.

2. Introduction to the Rainforest- The students will watch a Brainpop Jr. video- Tropical Rainforests https://jr.brainpop.com/science/habitats/rainforests/preview.weml . At the end of the video, student volunteers will answer the 5 question mini quiz to check for comprehension of the concepts in the video.

3. Rainforest Podcast (Listening Comprehension) - The students will listen to a Barefoot Books Podcast (Magic in the Rainforest) http://podbay.fm/show/361242548/e/1347450688?autostart=1

While listening, the students will keep track of the types of animals that are found in the Rainforest. At the end of the read aloud, the students will discuss the animals that were mentioned in the book.

4. Data Collection- The students will create a Tally Chart listing the animals of the Rainforest. They will then interview their classmates to find out their favorite Rainforest animal. The students will record their classmates’ responses in the Tally Chart.

**Day 2:**

1. Review- In a whole group setting, review the previous day’s lesson.

2. Data Collection- If needed, students should be given more time to collect data in their Tally Charts.

3. Data Display- The students will work independently to create a Picture or Bar Graph to display their data.

4. Analyze Data- The students will create two “how many more” or “how many less” questions that correlate with the data displayed on their graphs.

**IX. Differentiation**

The teacher will provide the following differentiation for students if needed:

1. Pre-made Tally Charts. If needed the teacher will work individually with students to correctly label the Tally Chart.

2. Pre-made Picture or Bar Graphs- If needed the teacher will work individually with students to correctly label the graph.

3. Oral presentation- Students can orally dictate “how many more” or “how many less” questions. If needed the number of questions required can be lowered to one.

**X. Materials/Equipment (including technology)**

1. Smart Board/Promethean Board

2. Computer with Internet connection

3. Brainpop.com Subscription

4. Reading Journals

5. Paper

6. Pencil

7. Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils

8. Pre-made Tally Charts, Bar and Picture Graphs for Differentiation

**XI. Assessment**

For this lesson, the students will be assessed in the following ways:

1. Correct use of Tally Chart to collect data. Tally Chart should have a title, names of animals, tally marks, and totals in number form.

2. Correct use of Picture or Bar Graph to display data. Graphs should have title, correct labels (animals, numbers), and correlate with Tally Chart.

3. Two “how many more” or “how many less” questions. Questions should correlate with the graph that they created.