Operation Rainforest

Become a rainforest researcher and study the amazing animals that live in World Alive. Learn about their rainforest home and what special adaptations help them survive in this amazing ecosystem. Come face to face with animals that call the rainforest home.

Major Concepts to Be Explored:

  • The unique characteristics of the rainforest ecosystems and the adaptations of the plants and animals that live in it
  • The importance of the rainforests and how it impacts the lives of the participants and how they can impact the rainforest

Essential Standards:

K.L.1, 1.L.1, 1.L.2, 2.L.1

Goals of the Class:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the rainforest ecosystem
  • Participants will learn how animals survive in the rainforest, and identify those animals that live in the rainforest
  • Participants will understand how the rainforest affects their lives and how they affect the rainforest

Class Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Locate rainforests on a globe or map
  • Identify the different layers within a rainforest and the adaptations organisms have that allow them to survive in each layer
  • Find connections between their lives and the rainforest

Methods and Activities:

  • Participants will be introduced to the rainforest and some of its defining characteristics
  • Participants will go to the Discovery Place rainforest for observations of the plant and animal life
  • Participants will share their observations with the whole group and discuss ways the rainforest impacts their lives and how their lives impact the rainforest

Key Vocabulary:

rainforest, adaptation, camouflage, emergent layer, canopy, understory, forest floor, deforestation, observations

  • Pre K - Grade 2
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $14 per student (includes Museum admission)
  • Minimum 15 students