Rainforests DOWNLOADABLE

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AN INTERACTIVE APPROACH

SUITABLE FOR AGE 8-11 YEARS

Skills -Soundscape, Mime, Improvisation, Written Work, Puppet Making, Story Telling, Discussion, Narration, Hot Seating, Debating, Interviews.

A comprehensive Series of 5 lessons (which will be more in real terms) bringing your rainforest Topic to life through practical activites for development into Literacy and other curricular areas.

LESSON 1

1. Visualisation of the Rainforest, Rainforest Soundscapes, Evolution Game. 

2. Descriptive Story developed from soundscapes with Teacher's Narrative Script with suggestions for enhancing accompanying sounds. Group Work presentation and feedback.

LESSON 2 

1. Life Cycle Of The Rainforest - From Seeds To Plants - Teacher narrates  from short scripted piece for Movement and Mime.

2. Animal and Plant Shapes - Configuration Mime - Becoming rainforest animals - working in two groups on movement and sound effects.

3. Food Chain - Animal and Plant Shapes -Teacher narrates a section for the movement piece. Background music direct links.

 LESSON 3

Puppet/Shadow Puppet Show - A Day In The Rainforest - Examples given on how to set it up, use of wordbank. Images showing examples as below:

 Shadow Screen 2Shadow screen 3  

 

LESSON 4 

1. Human Activity In The Rainforest – Logging, Farming, building- Discussion, becoming rainforest workers.

2. Mime or Voice Overs/Recordings – Speaking as the loggers, Listening,  Improvisation, Discussion about how the trees will be used by humans.

3. Human Effect On The Rain Forest - Imagining / Visualisation - Speaking as animal or plant characters.

4.Telling Their Animal Stories – From the animal viewpoints, Storytelling, Reporting/Interviews.

5. Written Development- newspaper accounts, stories, poems, visual art ideas

LESSON 5

1.Logger V’s Rainforest Resident - Discussion about how the rainforest is threatened and what can be done.

1.Hot Seating Exercises- Taking the roles of developers and animals.

2. Discussion and Debate - Listing Rules of The Rainforest.

3. Rainforest Raps

Direct Links To Music and sound effect suggestions and other useful website links throughout.

PREVIEW LESSON BELOW

Curriculum For Excellence

I can create, adapt and sustain different roles, experimenting with movement, expression and voice and using theatre arts technology. EXA 2-12a 

(I have experienced the energy and excitement of presenting/performing for audiences and being part of an audience for other people’s presentations/performances. EXA 0-01a / EXA 1-01a / EXA 2-01a)

Social Studies

I can discuss the environmental impact of human activity and suggest ways in which we can live in a more environmentally-responsible way. SOC 2-08a

I can consider the advantages and disadvantages of a proposed land use development and discuss the impact this may have on the community. SOC 2-08b

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