Rainforests: An Activity Guide for Ages 6-9

Overview

North America boasts a surprising number of rainforests, including El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Olympic National Forest in Washington State, Chugah and Tonga National Forests in Alaska, and the forests in Hawaii, which are home to an enormous variety of plants and animals. Rainforests: An Activity Guide takes kids through the common layers of the rainforest, from the forest floor to above the enclosed canopy. Their journey continues through the different types of rainforests as they are introduced to...
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Overview

North America boasts a surprising number of rainforests, including El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Olympic National Forest in Washington State, Chugah and Tonga National Forests in Alaska, and the forests in Hawaii, which are home to an enormous variety of plants and animals. Rainforests: An Activity Guide takes kids through the common layers of the rainforest, from the forest floor to above the enclosed canopy. Their journey continues through the different types of rainforests as they are introduced to plants, animals, and people around the world, including those from the temperate rainforests of North America to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America. Rainforest-inspired activities include making a West African yam festival gourd rattle, building a model of an Alaskan totem pole, and creating a Javanese Wayang-kuilt, or shadow puppet. Kids are encouraged to make a difference and become active supporters of the rainforests no matter where they live.

Author Biography: Nancy F. Castaldo is the author of Oceans: An Activity Guide for Ages 6-9, Winter Day Play!, a Smithsonian Notable Book, Rainy Day Play!, an American Bookseller's Pick, and The Little Hands Nature Book.

Provides facts and activities that explore tropical and temperate ancient forests, discusses how individuals can help preserve them, and describes well-known and unfamiliar creatures of the rain forest.

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Editorial Reviews

Learning
Lets students explore what makes this endangered environment unique and worth protecting
Science Books & Films
The author's passion for rainforests is contagious.
Publishers Weekly
Rainforests: An Activity Guide for Ages 6-9 by Nancy Castaldo introduces readers to tropical and temperate rain forests around the world. Beginning with the forest from the floor to the canopy, the volume then presents plants, animals and people in Africa, South America, Asia, the Pacific and Caribbean, and the Pacific Northwest. Activities range from making a fern-print T-shirt to planting a butterfly garden to stringing an aloha lei; the closing "Don't Bungle the Jungle" chapter describes ways kids can help save the forests. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Explore the layers of the rainforest from the forest floor to the canopy where you might see a morpho butterfly with wings so large and brilliant that "pilots flying over the forest have spied them from the air when the sun hits their wings." Visit rainforests found all around the world and learn about the animals, plants and people that make their homes there. Have a great deal of fun carrying out the many activities, games and experiments that fill these pages. And, perhaps most importantly, learn what you can do to preserve the rainforests. At the end of the book, readers will find wealth of "rainforest resources"—several pages with lists of books, videos and websites, rainforest organizations, places to visit in the United States (as well as a few international sites), a rainforest events calendar and ten rainforest challenges (specific to the ten chapters of the book). Described as written for kids from six to nine, this book is most suitable for the upper half of this age range and for even older children. This is an excellent resource for teachers who include the study of the rainforest in their curriculum. 2003, Chicago Review Press, Ages 8 to 10.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-A potpourri of resources and activity ideas. After several chapters devoted to the different layers of the tropical forest, Castaldo takes readers on a round-the-world tour, including a visit to the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. She includes some folktales among the sections of information on plants, animals, and cultures. The activities are varied and interesting, ranging from science projects to crafts to recipes. Many require adult assistance. Black-and-white drawings break up the blocks of text. The book would serve as a valuable resource for adults working with elementary students, but the subtitle and introduction suggest that it can be read independently by young children. However, the vocabulary and complex sentences may be daunting for beginning readers. Books, videos, and Web sites listed as additional resources for each chapter include materials ranging from picture books to adult nonfiction and Web sites from conservation organizations to commercial enterprises.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613899314
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy F. Castaldo is the author of Deserts, Oceans, Rainy Day Play, Sunny Days and Starry Nights, and Winter Day Play!

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