In this unit, students build background knowledge about the rainforest, including rainforest destruction, to understand why scientists study the rainforest. In the first half of the unit, they read excerpts from The Most Beautiful Roof in the World by Kathryn Lasky and other informational texts to analyze and compare text structure and write summaries. For the mid-unit assessment, students read, summarize, and compare the structure of two new informational texts about the rainforest.
In the second half of the unit, students transition to conducting web research in the second half of the unit to answer the question: What can I do to help the rainforest? They prepare for a Science Talk in which they discuss the things they can do to help and also the realistic challenges of implementing some of those things. For the first part of the end of unit assessment, students complete research independently using new sources to participate in a Science Talk in the second half of the assessment.