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Teachers Network: Adaptor Grants: The Tropical Rainforest
Adapted By:
Mayra Perez


Mayra Perez has been a teacher in the NYC public schools for almost six years. When her school was developing a special education program, she was selected to teach the class and help develop the program.

P.S. 35
Bronx, NY
Principal:
Graciela Navarro

Modifications

I tried to follow the unit as much as possible. Since I teach special education children who are at different levels of development, I changed some of the activities. For example, we collected the data as a class instead of having the students search the website by themselves.

Instructional Objectives


Students Will:

  • Become familiar with what a rainforest is and with vocabulary related to it.
  • Visit websites to learn more about the rainforest.
  • Compare elements of the rainforest to their environment.

Technology Integration

The students learned more about the rainforest by using the internet resources provided in the unit.


Assessment


a) observation of students as they completed tasks

b) did they use accountable talk in group settings

c) how well they were able to share information about the rainforest

d) reviewing their writings and illustrations of the rainforest


Tips for Teachers

The unit is very interesting. However, if you are working with academic challenged students, you may want to focus on only a couple of topics.


Student Work Samples

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