• Wild Places
Earth (Usborne), terrarium supplies
(gravel or small stone, potting soil, various tropical plants, plastic
or clay creatures native to the rain forest
Read pg. 177 in Earth (Usborne)
Read pgs. in Wild Places (Usborne)
to the directions in the desert section, create another terrarium, this
time filled with tropical plants and rich soil. Include creatures that
would be living in the rain forest to embellish the scene. For an experiment,
cover the two terrariums with plastic wrap overnight. In the morning, check
which one has more moisture formed. When you pull off the plastic wrap,
do you notice different smells? (The rain forest one will smell 'earthier'
due to higher moisture content).
• Card stock, markers
or colored pencils, various items representing rain forest products (the
children can look for these during the project)
Where does rubber come from?
What other resources does the rain forest provide?
Discuss what exports from the rain forest are important to the economy.
What would life be like without them?
a chart of resources from foods and items around your home. Section a piece
of card stock and label accordingly.
pepper, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, chili pepper, paprika, black pepper,
cloves, banana, chocolate, coffee, coconut, tea, balsa wood, chewing gum,
jute, rubber, orange, lemon, vanilla to name a few)
Places (Usborne), Fact File cards (or whatever other
nature resources you have available for animal/reptile/insect life)
ANIMAL LIFE IN THE RAIN FOREST:
Read pgs. 8-11, 16-17, 20-21, & 26-27 in Wild Places
the ideas in lesson
4 of the 'Desert' section, choose one animal, reptile and insect
and research it. Provide facts about each creature. (This could be
combined with the desert creatures if you prefer.)
Another fun project is to aquire an ant farm. These can often be purchased
at educational shops and science shops. You would have to allow time to
send in your coupon for the ants to be mailed to you. Ant farms are fascinating
to watch! They can often teach about cooperation and teamwork, as well.
One word of advice, however. Not all ant farms 'comply'-- our ants must've
gone on strike and refused to dig after a short while! This did result
in eventual death of the ants. Don't let this discourage you, however,
as I have heard of several very successful attempts a keeping ant farms.
• Wild Places
One Day in a Rain forest,
Biography of a Missionary of choice, preferably one who went to a jungle
22-25, 28-29 in Wild Places (Usborne)
One Day in a Rain Forest
Discuss how tribes and natives lived. What types of religion did they live?
Do they resemble ours? Read about the Tower of Babel in the Bible and discuss
how God separated the people, but how He loves all of His creations.
Reflect on the possibilities of how God handles people of other faiths.
Why is it so important that we send missionaries to these places?
Read about a missionary who went to the jungle to share about Jesus with
the natives (David Livingstone, Jim Elliott, Nate Saint, etc...)
Discuss 'The Great Commission'. How and where can we be missionaries? Assign
the children to each choose a special friend or acquaintance that they
know does not know Jesus personally. Make a special reminder card to pray
for that person every day. Discuss ways to reach out to that person with
the message of Jesus (invite them over for lunch, to a function at church,
to a pop-corn and movie night and rent Jesus of Nazareth...the ideas are
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