Rainforest Detective: Who Lives Here? > Print/View All Notes
In this activity, students will explore how animals in the rainforest meet their needs for shelter. All animals seek shelter for protection from the weather and from predators. Some animals have a specific area that they return to, like an ant's nest or a tree hollow where a toucan sleeps at night. Other animals, like tapirs, may not have areas that they return to—instead, they may run to thick shrubbery or to water for shelter from predators. Students will see examples of both types of shelter in this activity.
Before viewing, you may wish to introduce the idea of shelter by having students brainstorm about shelters that people use—like houses, hotels and tents. You may also ask students to provide examples of how animals in their own neighborhoods find shelter—like chipmunks that live in underground burrows, for example, or wasps or birds that build nests in the eaves of buildings.