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On the website home page, students meet Melli, a capuchin monkey, and hear a definition of the word rainforest. Once they click the arrow, students are in the introductory activity, where they get a glimpse of some of the animals and plants that live in the tropical rainforest.
After the students have explored the Web page, lead a class discussion about what students saw and heard on the screen. Then, introduce a KWL chart to help your students organize their thinking about the rainforest. You can do this by hanging up three sheets of poster paper on your classroom wall and labeling the first one K (What We Know), W (What We Want to Know), and L (What We Learned). Begin by asking students what they know and want to know about the rainforest, and listing their ideas and questions under the appropriate headings. Revisit the KWL chart throughout the lesson to record new information about what students have learned and to keep track of new questions that come up.