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After comparing the “Magic School Bus in the Rainforest” book to its video, students research and present rainforest animal facts to the class here


Language Arts, Science, Social Studies  



Title – Rainforest
By – Griselda Garcia
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subject – Science, Social Studies
Grade Level – 2

Topic to Teach:


    • develop reading skills
    • compare and contrast


    • different layers of the rainforest
    • ways to protect the environment

Standards Addressed:

  • TEKS 2.1C2.5A, B, H
  • The learner will:
    • Recognize the story problem(s) or plot (1-3).
    • Compare communication in different forms such as contrasting a dramatic performance with a print version of the same story or comparing story variants (2-8).
    • Connect ideas and themes across texts.
    • Identify similarities and differences across texts such as in topics, characters, and problems.
    • Retell or act out the order of important events in stories.

General Goal(s):

    The learner will describe ways that the rainforest is being destroyed and what we need to do to protect and preserve our rainforests.

Specific Objectives:

  • The learner will read the book, Magic School Bus in the Rainfores , and will view the video, Magic School Bus in the Rainforest .
  • Using the Venn Diagram the learner will compare and contrast the video and the book.
  • The learner will write 5 similarities and 5 differences between the video and book.
  • The learner will be assigned an animal from the rainforest and the learner will research its: habitat, characteristics, diet, why it is an endangered animal, and where in the rainforest does the animal lives.

Required Materials:

  • Book: The Magic School Bus in the Rainforest .
  • Video: The Magic School Bus in the Rainforest .
  • Document camera
  • One laptop per student with Internet
  • Paper
  • Data projector

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • The teacher will place the book, The Magic School Bus in the Rainforest , in the document camera (the title of the book will be covered; the students will only see the picture from the cover).
  • The teacher will make a word web on the whiteboard and ask the students to raise their hand and tell her what they see in the picture.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  • The students will tell the teacher what they see in the book cover. The teacher will write the words in the word web. When the word web is filled with the words of the pictures, the teacher will ask the students to predict what the book is going to be about. Students will share their opinions.
  • The teacher will show the students the title of the book. The teacher tells the learners that they will read the story together. The teacher places the book under the document camera so all of the students can see the book. The children will choral read while the teacher points to the words. As the students are reading the teacher asks questions about what is happening in the story.
  • When the students finish reading the book, the teacher will tell the students that they will see a video of the book just read. The teacher will tell the students that they are going to be detectives and find clues of similarities and differences between the video and book.
  • When the video is over, the teacher will draw a Venn diagram in the board and will ask questions about the book and video. When the students give an answer the teacher will write the statements in the Venn diagram. The teacher will use this diagram as an example. The students will create their own Venn Diagram using different examples from the story.


  • The teacher will ask the students, “How come Ms. Frizzle did not receive any chocolates?” The students will reply.
  • The teacher will talk about the people and animals that live in the rainforest.
  • The teacher will choose the Howler Monkey to teach the students how to do research. The teacher will use a laptop and data projector and will type: ”” to find facts about the Howler Monkey.
  • The teacher will give each student a paper and laptop. The students will research their assigned rainforest animal.

Plan for Independent Practice:

    After the teacher shows the children how do research, each child will get a laptop and research their assigned rainforest animal. The learner will find and write facts of: characteristics, diet, location, reproduction, and why the animal is endangered.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

    The teacher will ask each student why their assigned rainforest animal is endangered and the learner will respond. The teacher will ask the students what we can do to protect our rainforests.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

    Each student will talk and present their assigned animal to the class.

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

    The video will have closed captioning. The students that need one to one assistance will receive one to one help.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

  • What are the different layers of the rainforest?
  • Name three animals that live in the: canopy, emergent, understory and forest floor.

Possible Connections to Other Subjects:

      Social Studies (regions of the rainforests)

      Science (environment)

      Writing (writing facts)

    Computers (researching)

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