Lesson Plan

Amazon Forest Creatures

Students write "classified" ads describing several forest habitats, and they identify potential residents of the habitats.
Michelle K.
Instructional Technology Specialist
South Western School District
Hanover, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to...

  • List several different forest habitats.
  • Name species that live in the different habitats.
  • Understand the importance of protecting forest habitats.
Grades 4 – 6
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1 Activator

Activity: Exploring

Share  housing classified ads with students and talk about how people may go about looking for a place to live in the classifieds.

Ask: How do forest animals find the best place to live? Do they use the classifieds? Discuss habitats and ask them to name habitats they know of. Explain that forest habitats provide all the elements needed for a community of forest plants and animals to survive.

Student Instructions

How do forest animals find the best place to live. Check the classifieds to see if that can help?

2 Preparation

Partner students into small teams to jigsaw some/all of the major forest types found in the Pines to Vines app. These include tropical moist forests, tropical/subtropical dry forests, tropical/subtropical coniferous forests, temperate coniferous forests, temperate broadleaf forests, Mediterranean forests, riverine forests, mangroves and boreal forests.

Team members research the materials to learn about their habitat and the plants and animals that live in it.

Learners should consider forest layers, range and climate, other plant and animal wildlife, adaptations, available food, and forest threats.

Consider providing a  (online or offline) for teams to organize information.

Student Instructions

You will be researching a biome with your team and then each team will write a classified ad describing the habitat as an ideal place for a different plant or animal that would call it home.

3 Write the ad!

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Teams work together to generate a classified ad including the required components that show the habitat is a the right fit for their animal.

Learners brainstorm and finalize their classified using  a collaborative Google Doc.

Once the classified is complete, have the team transfer the final add to a share (whole class) Google Slides presentation. Using a shared Slides presentation will generate a single "classifieds presentation" for sharing.

Create a section slides for each habitat and rearrange the slides into their proper sections.

Student Instructions


Work with your team to devise the perfect classified ad that will attract your animal to the habitat.

Include information about forest layers, range and climate, other plant and animal wildlife, adaptations, available food, and forest threats.

Your teacher will review the ad and when approved, transfer the ad to the shared Google Slides presentation.

4 Match it up!

Google Drive
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Students can try to match the ads with the creatures or plants they describe.

Student Instructions

Which goes with which? Can you identify the animal and/or the habitat from the ad?

5 Show what you know!

Use the worksheets and/or tests included with the Pines to Vines app for each team to demonstrate their learning of the assigned biome.

Also consider quizlet flashcards for practice. Such as this set: https://quizlet.com/75509884/forest-biomes-flash-cards/

Student Instructions

Complete the forest biome worksheets and then complete the assessment for your biome.