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