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Can you guess who is in the Kapok Tree? This descriptive paragraph lesson answers this question


Art, Computers & Internet, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies  



Title – Can You Guess Who is in the Kapok Tree?
By – Nicole
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Science, Social Studies, Art, Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 3


  • The students will use the data they found on a rain forest animal to develop a well-written paragraph.


  1. Children should be familiar with using elaborate details to describe an object, using sentence variety, and interesting vocabulary.
  2. Students should have researched a rain forest animal of their choice and have notes written down in their learning logs.
  3. Students should have a picture of their animal.

NYS ELA Standard: 2

  • Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression


  • learning logs containing information on animal
  • pencils
  • lined paper
  • precut tree tops ( out of green construction paper )
  • precut tree trunks ( out of brown construction paper )
  • precut squares ( 4″ by 4″ ) of brown construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • markers, colored pencils, crayons


      1. The teacher will review with the students how to use elaborate detail, interesting vocabulary, sentence variety, and word referents to describe an object.
      2. The teacher will explain to the students that they will be writing a descriptive paragraph using their research notes on the animal that they have selected. The paragraph must leave the reader guessing what animal is being described by using word referents, interesting vocabulary, sentence variety, and facts about their animal.
      For example, “

This furry mammal lives in South America. He spends his days in the emergent and canopy layers of the hot, humid rain forest. When hungry, he munches on fruits, nuts, buds, and blossoms. This noisy creature is the largest of his kind…

      3. The teacher will model how to take their information and use it to write a descriptive paragraph. It is important to remind the students not to say what animal they are writing about. They will post their paragraphs next to a Kapok tree (

see below

      ) that will have a picture of their animal in it.
    4. Once students have written their paragraph and checked it for errors, they may make their Kapok Tree.

Making the Kapok Tree:

      1. The students will take a treetop and glue it to the trunk.

      2. The students will take a square piece of the brown construction paper and glue it to the tree trunk to form a pocket (

remind students to only glue around the sides and the bottom


      3. Students will put a picture of their animal (

could be from the internet, photocopy, or drawn

    ) in the pocket.


  • The students’ writing will be graded using a rubric. Items on the rubric include the use of: sentence variety, interesting vocabulary, word referents, correct punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.

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