Rain Forest in Your Room

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This activity (on pages 19-24) introduces learners to the rain forest's layers—emergent, canopy, understory, and forest floor—and has learners make paper lianas (vines that live attached to trees) and bromeliads (stiff plants that catch rainwater.) There are also pictures of rain forest critters (spider monkey, fruit bat, macaw, agouti, poison frog) for learners to color and cut out. All of these plants and animals can be attached to the trees learners create in the "Build a Tree" activity in the same activity book.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)

  • tape
  • 2-3 grocery bags or brown construction paper
  • several sheets of different shades of green tissue paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • crayons, colored pencils or paint
  • ruler


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Designed specifically for

  • Rural dweller

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • All rights reserved, University of Nebraska State Museum, 2001

Funding Sources:

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • National Science Foundation Informal Science Education Program, 9909496