Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Radiant Rain Forest!

Recently Mrs. Ranney's class has read an inspirational book, The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. 

The story takes place in the rain forest of the Amazon.
Throughout the story, rain forest animals try to  persuade a logger to leave the kapok tree alone.

In science, we have been studying about the amazing 
adaptations of the animals of the rain forest. 
An adaptation is a body part or behavior that helps an animal survive in its special environment.


Please enjoy the slide show below to see some of the activities we have participated in.

Respect for the Rain Forest! on PhotoPeach

Now, are you ready to get creative?

How about sharing some animal facts and adaptations by speaking from the point of view of that animal?

Include at least one adaptation and some other interesting facts that you have found using World Book Online!

Research a rain forest animal or plant using the World Book Encyclopedia. Write a comment as if you are that animal or plant! Be sure to include facts you learned from the online encyclopedia. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE! (Use your own words!)
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It will be exciting to learn about an animal from that animal!



  1. Mikayla, former student of Mrs. RanneyMarch 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    My name is Anastasia ant. I am not just any kind of ant, I am a leaf-cutter ant. Right now, I am building a huge nest, that is over 30 feet across and 20 feet deep. I just dropped my leaf in the nest, so I have 10 minutes to type a comment.

    As a leafcutter ant, I live in a colony. Every ant in a colony has a job. In my colony, there are three different groups: a queen, several drones and millions of workers. The workers are part of different castes. I am part of the forager caste. As a forager, I work very hard at moving leaves, scouting for new plants and helping protect the colony. My bigger friends are part of the major caste and they work hard at doing the bigger lifting jobs.

    We don't eat leaves. Instead, we use them to grow fungus, that doesn't grow anywhere else, but our nests. We then eat the fungus as our food.

    Did you know that all of us workers are females? We know how to follow each other because we leave a chemical scent behind. We are all less than one centimeter long and my jaws are so strong that I could even bite through human skin.

    Anastasia ant

  2. Kenny, the caimanMarch 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Hello! Hello!

    It's me, Kenny the caiman from the Amazon rain forest! A lot of humans are confused and think I am an alligator or a crocodile, but I'm not. Sure, I'm a reptile and I look like an alligator, but can I assure you that I am no such animal. Alligators and crocodiles are my cousins, but like I said, I'm a caiman.

    I know, I know, you've never heard of a caiman. I get that all the time. I'm a black caiman, the LARGEST of the six caiman species. That's not bragging, that the truth!

    I've got time to chat because I just finished eating dinner. I dined on fish, an amphibian, two turtles, and a little mammal. Not sure what he was, but he was mighty tasty!

    Now that I'm an adult, being eaten is never a worry of mine. I'm a top predator! Only an enormous anaconda or maybe a jaguar could prey on me. I keep my eyes open when I'm laying around.

    Anyone know how long I can grow? Remember, I'm the black caiman!

    Your toothy rain forest friend,
    Kenny the caiman


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