Keeping Our Earth Green provides readers with over 100 hands-on ways to help save the Earth. Readers will discover facts about pollution, global warming, biofuels, and much more. Try experiments at home or in a classroom. Read about the cool things being done to help our planet. Discover Earth Heroes – real people who have made a difference. Take action! A perfect pairing with this book is Loree Griffen Burns' Citizen Science.
North America boasts a surprising number of rainforests, including El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Olympic National Forest in Washington State, Chugah and Tonga National Forests in Alaska, and the forests in Hawaii. Rainforests: An Activity Guide takes kids through the common layers of the rainforest, from the forest floor to above the enclosed canopy, and introduces them to plants, animals, and people around the world, including those from the temperate rainforests of North America to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America. Pair it with Melissa Stewart's No Monkeys, No Chocolate.
Looking for an activity for your classroom? There are plenty of activities in Rainforests, but here is another for you to try:
Henri Rousseau Green Rainforest Watercolor Paintings
Procedure: Introduce students to the art of Henri Rousseau. Show artwork and if time permits read The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau or Welcome to the Greenhouse by Jane Yolen. Draw attention to the different layers of rainforest plants in the paintings and the different leaf shapes. Look at photos of tropical rain forests. Ask students to think about the trees outside and how many different leaf shapes they see.